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Toronto FC 2-1 Orlando City: The good, the bad & the ugly

Time to start squirrelling away the victories.

MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

A win. An ugly win. But, a good-ugly win nonetheless... Chris Mavinga’s return and strong defensive performance, especially against Stefano Pinho... Gregory van der Wiel playing at left back and not missing a beat. He had a 94% pass success rate, with five clearances and five recoveries... Tosaint Ricketts’s new hairdo. He looks “Ram tough”... Ryan Telfer’s play for most of the night. From crosses to defensive zone coverage to undressing Will Johnson to scoring the game-winning goal, this was his night... the tiny gaggle of Orlando fans that were standing behind the North net. They were brave and mildly amusing... Ricketts’s new aerodynamic locks helped him run faster. I’m certain of it... Greg Vanney’s subtle formation change late in the game. Moving vdW back to the right allowed Auro to venture higher up-field... Auro’s sensational work along the goal line that set-up Telfer’s winner... six Canadians involved in this victory... the Steven Caldwell “quality” drinking game: 13... we have a new mascot. Forget Bitchy the Hawk, I want the squirrel to be adorned in a TFC jersey from now on. Especially if this is the start of the club turning things around in 2018.

MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

Yet another missed clean sheet... the blank electronic ad boards during the first half. It’s called a plug. Use it!... Jordan Hamilton’s miss in the third minute. Telfer’s pass was spot on... when will it turn warm at BMO Field? The cold is beyond ridiculous... the wind patterns at BMO. The variations in height, especially from north to south, coupled with the gaps in the stadium, create swirl patterns that are not fun for fans or players... Drew Moor’s attire for his halftime interview... K.J.’s favourite to win the World Cup is Brazil. Yawn... outside of vdW, no one in a red shirt was able to head the ball... how did Jay Chapman win the official “Budweiser Man of the Match” award? (see Ryan Telfer, above)... Alex Bono’s terrible, rushed clearance in the 79th minute. Why?... the sense of doom that blanketed BMO Field after Orlando scored. The stadium felt like 2011. That has to change. It has to!

MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

The offside ruling on Ricketts’s goal. Enough of these “Vulgar and Repulsive” (VAR) blown calls! The ball hit Delgado and traveled away from goal, only to be knocked into Ricketts’s path by the Orlando defender... speaking of Delgado, in his short 26 minutes he gave the ball away three times... the south end needs new banners. Where has all the creativity gone?... sloppy defence at the end of the game. Richie Laryea could easily have done an Alan Gordon in the 91st minute... TSN did not spend enough time covering the exploits of the squirrel. He needed more air time... speaking of air time, Mr. Caldwell was a bit verbose. The Caldwell Clock: 1,970 seconds (approx. 35% of the 94 minutes). That’s a little too much “quality” for one night.