Toronto FC have won six MLS matches in a row for the second time in 2017. Only two other clubs have enjoyed one six-match winning streak during a single regular season since the 2008 campaign.
The Reds scored four goals once again in a 4-0 dismantling of the LA Galaxy, who looked the part of the league’s worst home team at the StubHub Center on Saturday night.
Predictably, in the absence of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez pulled the strings. The Spaniard benefited from the referee’s discretion when he surprised Galaxy goalkeeper Jon Kempin with a quick free-kick that bounced off the crossbar and into the path of Drew Moor, who headed home.
Quick free kick from Vazquez and Drew Moor has TFC up 1-0! pic.twitter.com/p85Os6qqTy— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) September 17, 2017
Alex Bono’s goal was rarely threatened and the game seemed fairly safe as soon as Tosaint Ricketts had angled a superb finish past Kempin from Nicolas Hasler’s pass.
Toronto could have scored at least two more - Jonathan Osorio drew an outstanding save out of Kempin and Ricketts had a goal disallowed for a narrow offside - by the time Ricketts added a third off another Vazquez assist.
There's a brace from Ricketts. 3-0. pic.twitter.com/mcGfJieJc8— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) September 17, 2017
And the night ended in farce for LA when their debutant at centre-back, Michael Ciani simply allowed a Bono drop-kick to bounce straight past him, allowing Vazquez to get on the scoresheet himself.
Well would you look at that! Vazquez decided to get in on the fun too! 4-0 pic.twitter.com/dkDg66aWrk— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) September 17, 2017
Toronto will now attempt to recover from the long flight home ahead of a meeting with the Montreal Impact at BMO Field on Wednesday night. They are now six points off the MLS regular-season points record with five games to play and could have the Supporters’ Shield wrapped up by the weekend.