Making up for last week, there were lots of ‘goodies’ to enjoy on Sunday.
An emphatic win, with first place on the line, against the reigning league MVP – that qualifies as a famous victory… Drew Moor’s 350th MLS appearance… Sebastian Giovinco’s left foot… TFC’s defence. Arguably their best performance of the season to date. They held their line and covered repeatedly for each other… the weather, and summer clothes at BMO Field. Enough said. This is a family-friendly article… Giovinco’s right foot… Alex Bono’s second-half save versus David Villa. Two minutes later: Chris Mavinga’s tackle on Maxi Moralez. Collectively, these two plays formed the turning point of the match… watching Andrea Pirlo. Despite Seba treating him like a pylon on the first TFC goal, Pirlo played well. I don’t mean that he played well for a 38-year-old, in 32-degree heat. I mean he played well… Seba giving Jozy Altidore the penalty kick despite being on a hat-trick. That’s sportsmanship. That’s putting your teammates first. That’s payment-in-kind for Jozy’s gift in Orlando… Raheem Edwards’ first MLS goal. No more Canadian goal-scoring virgins on the team. Sorry. Forgot. This is a family-friendly article… Patrick Vieira’s blue Adidas shoes… Chicago lost to a Dwyer-less SKC team… meeting Tej Sahota and his beautiful family for the first time - outside the BMO Field scarf shop, no less… Giovinco and Moralez: the smallest men were the best players on the afternoon. Who says that size matters? Again, family-friendly article… a rare clean sheet against NYCFC… Kwame Awuah (Toronto born and raised) playing 13 minutes at BMO Field. Nice touch by Vieira to even have him on the bench… the spicy Italian sausage outside section 127. It was awesome! Come on. Hold the jokes. Remember: family-friendly… all three Canadian teams were involved in 4–0 games this weekend. Our beloved Reds delivered against NYC. Vancouver thumped Dallas, in Dallas! And…wait for it… Montreal was humiliated by the Red Bulls. If you don’t have MLS Live, buy it just to watch this match. It’s worth the $14.99.
The digital boards. Someone hit the dimmer switch and couldn’t get it back. Aren’t there any technicians at BMO?… the tin-banging NYCFC fans in section 204… Bono going for a stroll late in the second half, resulting in Edwards’ yellow… Mavinga playing too far upfield (again!), leaving only two at the back in the 49th minute… Altidore falling to ground too easily in order to draw the penalty. It’s bad, no matter who does it… Edwards playing the right side. He needs to be on the left. Period… Oyvind Alseth’s injury. Next match, play Morrow on the right. Or perhaps it’s time to see what Nicolas Hasler can do. No better time than against D.C.
The early leavers. Stay and celebrate with your team. It really does mean a lot to the players… Marky Delgado’s attempt to injure Jonathan Lewis by kicking him in the leg. He was lucky to have avoided a card… Moralez’s field goal at the end of the game… the refereeing. I hate to get Gheorghe Hagi all worked up. But, missing the out-of-bounds on Jack Harrison that resulted in a chance on goal, plus missing the NYC hand ball in the box, yet being quick to flag Delgado on what was a ‘ball-to-hand’ play with only two minutes left in stoppage time (among other things) is ugly. Quite ugly.