Michael Bradley, with no apparent injury, was substituted out of tonight’s game against Orlando City. That’s about all you need to know in another heartless 2-1 loss for TFC in a game that was very much crucial in any last ditch effort to save their regular season.
Goals on both sides of half-time allowed host Orlando to break a nine game losing streak. Toronto FC are now mired in a six game winless streak of their own.
Toronto were gifted plenty of chances by an Orlando team that has been struggling as much as anyone lately, but didn’t take any of them. Nick Hagglund’s late goal was simply a consolation. Instead, any chances of getting back into the playoffs have all but evaporated.
94’ - Goal Toronto Nick Hagglund drifts into the box to put a nice volley in the back of the net, but it is too little too late.
48’ - Goal Orlando the home side double their lead as Dom Dwyer strikes. More ugly defending from Toronto FC, who didn’t offer much resistance to Orlando’s move whatsoever. Looking like another ugly loss.
Halftime: Toronto had some decent chances but definitely still don’t look great against a reasonably poor Orlando side. On the other side of things they have once again looked shaky at the back, particularly Alex Bono who has looked uncharacteristically rattled throughout this game. Going to need some changes if they are to get anything out of this match.
34’ - Goal Orlando Chris Schuler strikes for Orlando. Not a great sequence for Alex Bono, as the Toronto keeper spills a free kick and Schuler buries the rebound.
Toronto FC continue their long road trip tonight against Orlando City, as they try to improve on the loss and draw they’ve already recorded since their last home game. Fortunately, if there’s a team for TFC to break a slump against, it’s definitely Orlando.
Since the Lions came into the league, they’ve always been a pretty successful fixture for TFC. The Reds are 7-1-1 all-time against Orlando, including a 2-1 home win from earlier this season (their last victory at BMO Field). That last contest was a memorable one, as Ryan Teller scored the late winner with his brilliant first MLS goal.
As seems to be the case every year, Orlando had a decent start to the season, with a six-game win streak that stretched through all of April. Things are leaner now, though, as they’ve now lost nine straight MLS games. They’ve fallen out of the playoff picture, now sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference.
The Reds still haven’t won since early June. This is a prime opportunity to finally pick up a win against a hurting team.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: The usual cast of players. Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, Jason Hernandez, Auro, and Victor Vazquez are probably out, and Chris Mavinga may be improved to questionable by now.
Orlando City: The Lions will be without defenders Lamine Sane and Jonathan Spector.
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TSN 4
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050