FT — Toronto FC lose 4-2 to Minnesota United. They woke up in like the 70th minute, and it’s good to know they’re still capable of that. Beyond that, a terrible performance, especially defensively. Hats off to Darwin Quintero, but still. Not an acceptable result for the Reds.
93’ Minnesota United 4-3 Toronto FC — Oh hey, cool. TFC have scored again. Jordan Hamilton heads one into the net on the brink of the final whistle.
If there is one very small positive out of tonight's match it is that a couple of #TFCLive players who REALLY needed goals got them. Nice header by Hamilton after a bad miss. pic.twitter.com/07wOF1H8ZP— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) July 5, 2018
79’ — Minnesota United sub Collin Martin into the game, to a standing ovation. Mad respect to him, as he makes his first appearance since coming out as MLS’s second-ever openly gay player.
78’ — Ayo Akinola makes his long-awaited debut with TFC, as he’s subbed in for Nico Hasler. Would be nice to see him make an impact in some way.
70’ Minnesota United 4-2 Toronto FC — Sebastian Giovinco came out of nowhere with a wonder-strike from outside the box. If nothing else, that should help the confidence.
Just a quick reminder than Sebastian Giovinco is incredibly good at soccer. pic.twitter.com/uLEoR2CKFS— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) July 5, 2018
65’ — Ryan Telfer will get some minutes now, as he comes in to replace Justin Morrow.
59’ Minnesota United 4-1 Toronto FC — Quintero again. We’re done with actual commentary, head over to Twitter for memes and apathy.
53’ — TFC make their first change, putting Gregory van der Wiel on in place of Ashtone Morgan.
52’ Minnesota United 3-1 Toronto FC — Quintero scored again. Another nice one.
HT — Well, it’s only a one-goal difference at halftime, which we suppose isn’t as bad as it could be.
We thought we’d run out of things to say about this team a while ago. Now, we really truly have.
43’ Minnesota United 2-1 Toronto FC — Hey, TFC scored a goal, and we think that’s just real neat.
Justin Morrow jumps on a huge mistake from Ibson and the Reds pull one back before the break.
I think they call this a lucky bounce, I didn't know those existed anymore. Comeback on the cards? pic.twitter.com/Jin06tYK6p— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) July 4, 2018
35’ — Nico Hasler had a glorious opportunity as Jordan Hamilton sent in a perfect cross from the end line, but Hasler’s shot (unchallenged) rattled off the crossbar. That kinda night.
13’ Minnesota United 2-0 Toronto FC — ARGGHHHHHHHHHHH
8’ Minnesota United 1-0 Toronto FC — It’s ridiculous at this point. TFC allow ANOTHER early goal, as Nick Hagglund gives far too much space to Darwin Quintero, who chips a beauty past Clint Irwin with the outside of his foot.
This was one HECK of a strike. Toronto FC once again coming apart at the seams. pic.twitter.com/gq4COhaGy9— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) July 4, 2018
1’ — We are off in Minnesota!
Lineups are as follows.
Toronto FC: Irwin; Morgan, Zavaleta, Hagglund, Morrow; Bradley, Hasler, Delgado, Osorio; Giovinco, Hamilton. (Bench: Bono, van der Wiel, Telfer, Fraser, Chapman, Akinola, Ricketts)
Minnesota United: Shuttleworth, Kallman, Boxall, Calvo, Ibarra, Gomez, Schuller, Warner, Ibson, Quintero, Ramirez. (Bench: Lampson, Mears, Martin, Pangop, Omsberg, Toye, Miller).
Canada Day did not go as intended for Toronto FC fans. It was a brutal, frustrating 1-0 loss at home to an in-form New York Red Bulls side. The game, given a few positive aspects of TFC’s performance, may not have been considered such a disaster had it happened in a vacuum. But such is life in Toronto right now, as the Reds continue to drop crucial points at almost every turn.
Tonight, they’ll try to turn over a new leaf, and they may have found the perfect place to do it. They’ve never played away to Minnesota United, having hosted the new expansion side last season in a roller-coaster of a 3-2 win. This time, it’s the Loons’ turn to host, as the Reds will travel to TCF Bank Stadium for the first time.
Minnesota sits ninth in the Western Conference with 16 points, just one more than TFC. They’ve lost three games in a row, including on Saturday at home to FC Dallas. They’re not a particularly star-studded team, with just one Designated Player to speak of. Darwin Quintero, who joined them from Club América in March, has three goals and an assist in 11 games.
The Loons are the second lowest-scoring team in the league, with just 19 goals so far in 2018 (the Seattle Sounders are last with an atrocious 13). Four of them have come from Minnesota mainstay Christian Ramirez, who leads the team. They’ve had a trio from Miguel Ibarra as well.
An attacking trio of Quintero, Ibarra, and Ramirez is nothing to sniff at, with plenty of goalscoring pedigree. They haven’t quite managed to put it together completely yet, but the talent and experience is certainly there.
Minnesota, like Toronto, are dealing with a few brutal injuries, most notably to Kevin Molino. The Trinidadian midfielder tore his ACL in March, putting him out for the entire season. The injury was a cruel blow to Minnesota, after Molino started the season with two goals and an assist in the first two matches. He had seven goals and nine assists in 2017.
The Reds continue to fight off the injury bug, of course. with many names still unavailable. It’s possible Greg Vanney chooses to rotate a few players today with a game against Sporting Kansas City on the weekend, but it seems likely he’d rather just get a win by any means possible.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Auro, Jason Hernandez, and Victor Vazquez are all expected to be out of the lineup. Gregory van der Wiel apparently trained yesterday and should be available.
Minnesota United: Beyond Kevin Molino, the Loons are missing a few pieces. Midfielders Sam Cronin and Ethan Finlay are out long-term. The squad will also be without defender Jerome Thiesson and forward Abu Danladi. Rotation defenders Eric Miller and Marc Burch are listed as questionable.
How to watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m. EST
TV channel: TSN 1 & 4
Live stream: ESPN+, TSN GO