For obvious reasons, there was very little good to squeeze from this match. Apologies, in advance, for the ugliness of this article.
Armando Cooper’s footwork, especially twice during the second half… Drew Moor on defence. He covered repeatedly for Chris Mavinga and Eriq Zavaleta while still keeping his own house clean… Sebastian Giovinco playing inspired football and, in the absence of anyone else stepping up, he assumed the roles of both attacking midfielder and forward.
Marky Delgado falling to ground too quickly. He will start to get the unwanted reputation of being ‘that player’… the decision to have all three Canadian teams play at the same time on Canada Day. Really? If this was supposed to be a ‘football treat’ to mark the occasion, shouldn’t we have been able to watch all three matches live?... Alex Bono with several ill-timed and ineffective charges…Dallas’ attempt at the Iceland chant. It was more of a throat clearing exercise than anything else.
The entire first half… Mavinga’s poor positioning and poor play on all three Dallas goals… Zavaleta’s poor positioning on the first Dallas goal… Jozy Altidore’s uninspired play for the entire match… the gaping holes in TFC’s back three. This is the second consecutive road game where the opposition has punished the Reds for their inability to keep a tight defensive line… the train station chime prior to every stadium announcement (glad that Luke Wileman called it out)… that trumpet-playing Dallas fan… did Ashtone Morgan touch the ball?... Chicago taking over top spot in the table by wiping the floor with Vancouver… the National Soccer Hall of Fame construction at Toyota Stadium. This has been going on for a year and a half, and the place is still a mess… Dallas dismantled Toronto without their star midfielder, Kellyn Acosta, and without their star defender, Matt Hedges… Toronto’s poor set pieces. Hitting and hoping for a friendly head or foot in the box is just not good enough… too much time spent playing with the ball. On the night, TFC had 16 unsuccessful dribbles, compared to Dallas’ four… without Edwards, Morrow, Vazquez and Beitashour, the team’s midfield depth faced the ultimate exam and, unfortunately, they failed - miserably. But I’m not sure if many (or any) other teams could have passed such a test. That being said, it was still ugly – really ugly.