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The good, the bad & the ugly: Orlando City 1-3 Toronto FC

A committed couch potato’s view as the Reds bounce back.

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Vanney switched to four at the back and Toronto hit on the counter… Jason Hernandez’s solid defensive display… the increased confidence and better play from Oyvind Alseth and Ashtone Morgan… Sebastian Giovinco’s assist on Jozy Altidore’s goal… the integral, quick pass by Marky Delgado that sprung Giovinco on that first goal… Terry Dunfield spotting Delgado’s pass and putting nifty graphics around it at half-time… Orlando’s stadium. Take note, Dallas… Giovinco’s first free-kick. I didn’t know that knuckleballs were possible in football… Giovinco’s second free-kick… Altidore unselfishly setting up Giovinco for TFC’s second goal. Much like Steven Caldwell, I thought that Altidore had lost his mind when he didn’t take the shot… the best team name in MLS Fantasy play: ‘My Kaka is Messi’… Vanney’s aggressive switch back to the 3-5-2 at the start of the second half. It caught Orlando off guard and led to TFC’s 46th-minute strike… Michael Bradley’s defending throughout the game. The captain came up big on several occasions… Kaka’s real name is Ricky.

The Bad

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Moor being mesmerized by Will Johnson and creating the gap that Carlos Rivas exploited for Orlando’s lone tally… the repeated, and shameless, promotion of the Audi Player Index. It’s novel and fun. Just not sure how reliable the metrics are. For instance, Clint Dempsey and Maxime Chanot are among MLS’ 10 best players?… Victor Vazquez on the left side. He did well. But just as apple pie is better served warm, Vazquez is better when he’s playing in the middle… I did not appreciate the beauty of Toronto’s first goal in real time because the spinning Mickey Mouse logos on the ad boards distracted me… Bradley, in his post-match interview, stating that Altidore has been “in really good form for a really long time now”. No he hasn’t. Jozy played well on the night but for several matches prior he was definitely not in form, and it’s okay to say that.

The Ugly

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando coach Jason Kreis moaning about the refereeing after the match. Why can’t some coaches just admit that they were beaten by a better team on the night?… Jonathan Spector pounding Giovinco in the back of the leg for no reason. Didn’t hear Kreis complaining about the potential missed red card on that one… the sprinkler puddles on the pitch… Altidore’s band aid… the two-week international break. Just as Giovinco was rounding into form and proving that he can still be the best player in MLS… Canada’s chances at the Gold Cup. Thank goodness for French Guiana.