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Toronto FC 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Thanksgiving Edition)

Despite the final blow, there is a lot to be thankful for.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

In honour of Turkey Day, this column has been prepared a little bit differently. Let the feasting begin...

Things that we are thankful for

The “Mutch”-predicted rain held off for the entire match. The sun even poked its head out in the second half... our boys on the field finally spoke their minds after the game, most of them admitting to the same feelings that the fans have: anger, frustration, disappointment, embarrassment... what was maybe Jozy’s final goal at BMO was truly emphatic (and somewhat meaningful at the time)... 50% off all jerseys at the park. Needless to say, my family is re-kitted for 2019... speaking of next year, I am glad that everyone finally feels empowered to openly discuss plans for the upcoming season... chatting with Steven Caldwell before the match. He claims that he doesn’t read the G, B & U. I told him that he should, and that it’s all in good fun. (Note to TSN: Steven looks far more manly without the makeup)... speaking of looks, my wife isn’t a fan of Greg Vanney’s new haircut and beard (yay, me!)... the handful of TFC players that applauded the fans at the conclusion of the game... Michael Bradley breaking up plays and tracking back (against Alphonso Davies, no less) on numerous occasions... Michael Bradley’s thunderous shot in the first half... a Canadian Championship... a Champions League final... hosting the first-ever Campeones Cup... Zlatan scoring his 500th goal at BMO, and TFC still coming out on top... a chance to end Montreal’s playoff push... a chance to stop a Miggy-less Atlanta from breaking the 69-point record... more cranberry sauce, please.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Things that we are not thankful for

The Red Bulls and their push for 71... Jonathan Osorio’s disappearing act. Ever since that big contract was signed, his output has taken a big nosedive. Were the first six months of this year just a blip?... Gregory van der Wiel forgetting how to play defence. He was awful for most of the afternoon (see the first Vancouver goal where he decided to cover Auro)... borrowing a line from The I.T. Crowd: “the problem with (Auro) is that he always tries to walk it in”... Lucas JYHanson couldn’t kick a marble into the Grand Canyon. I know that he has two goals. He should have ten!... Marky Delgado’s giveaways... Sebastian Giovinco’s disappearing act in the second half... most of the fans at the stadium don’t know Auro’s last name. They shouted “junior” when the opening line-ups were read... John Herdman’s interview. It was so irritating that I actually wished for more Caldwell... can someone please pass the potatoes?

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Things that we never want to see again

Alex Bono’s ridiculous lack of confidence. Get up off the mat and shake yourself off, man! These terrible “goaltending” displays need to stop NOW!... Nick Hagglund’s regression. I think that Vegas is now dropping an Over/Under on how many times his brain farts in 90 minutes... the childish bickering amongst TFC teammates, most notably Seba and vdW, as well as VV and Auro... as was asked by my daughters, “why does (Kei) Kamara have a pom-pom on his head?”... the pitch is still a b*tch... tying Chicago (when up 2-1), tying Columbus (when up 3-0), tying a Rooney-less D.C. United at home, failing to tie the Red Bulls on Canada Day despite having a penalty, losing to Minnesota — that’s ten points right there... Marky Delgado’s miss in the final seconds at Guadalajara. Oh, how different things could have been... I’m stuffed. Anyone know where I can get a pair of Sigi Schmid track pants?