It is a win that won’t do much beyond keeping Toronto FC’s fleeting playoff hopes mathematically alive for another week. But a 5-3 win at BMO Field for Toronto FC over the LA Galaxy at the very least provided some entertainment during what has otherwise been a poor season.
Toronto FC initially took a three goal lead through Victor Vazquez, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. However, the Galaxy came storming back, tying the game which included an unbelievable effort from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Reds would have the last laugh, however. Jonathan Osorio scored the winner late in the second half and Jay Chapman added some insurance as the reds secured just their eighth win of the season.
75’ Toronto FC 4-3 LA Galaxy — JOHNNY EFFIN SOCCER BABY. The Reds are back in front. Don't blow it this time guys.
58’ Toronto FC 3-3 LA Galaxy — lol
54’ Toronto FC 3-2 LA Galaxy — Ola Kamara gets the visitors within one.
HT — That was pretty much exactly the half everyone wanted. A big lead for the Reds, and a stunner from Zlatan. This'll be a fun second half.
43’ Toronto FC 3-1 LA Galaxy — Well. Zlatan gonna Zlatan. The King scores his 500th goal for club and country in spectacular fashion, drawing a standing ovation from the BMO Field crowd. Dude just karate kicked the ball into the net.
36’ Toronto FC 3-0 LA Galaxy — Sebastian Giovinco this time. He picks up a lose ball and bangs it in on a decent solo effort. Where has this attack been all season?
16’ Toronto FC 2-0 LA Galaxy — Jozy Altidore caps off a sublime team move from the Reds. What's this? TFC are playing well AND winning??
5’ Toronto FC 1-0 LA Galaxy — What a start! Victor Vazquez makes a perfect run to nod in Gregory van der Wiel’s sublime cross from far out. The Reds lead early!
That is one HECK of a ball from van der Wiel. And we have a *checks again* yeah an early lead. pic.twitter.com/bzMd6HA65L— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) September 15, 2018
1’ — We’re off. Looks like Michael Bradley may be dropping into the defence again...
Lineups have been released. Here’s how the Reds will look tonight:
Toronto FC are back after the international break, and with them comes this big-name matchup. The Reds will be hosting perpetual MLS darlings, the LA Galaxy, who come to Toronto in tow of their international superstar, some guy named Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The task at hand for TFC: win. Win every game. Don’t lose. The Reds are nine points out of a playoff spot with seven games to go; Michael Bradley ain’t lying when he says the margin for error is completely gone. The Galaxy are making an outside playoff push of their own, as they currently sit eighth in the Western Conference, three points back of the Seattle Sounders in sixth.
LA’s most recent game was on the road in Utah, where Real Salt Lake thumped them 6-2. They actually haven’t won since July 30, with a 5-0 loss to Seattle coming in mid August as well. Of course, that doesn’t make them a slouch of an opponent. No side with Zlatan in it is going to be a pushover — he’s scored 16 times in 18 appearances, most recently on August 25. He has a tendency to just score a casual hat trick and win the game for his subpar team.
There are other pieces on the Galaxy, of course. Romain Alessandrini can pop a few in himself, or help create goals from midfield (although he may come off the bench). Ola Kamara can put ‘em away too, particularly out of the air.
The Galaxy backline leaves a lot to be desired, though. However they line up, there’s no way they can counter the quality that TFC boast up front, especially if Victor Vazquez is fit enough to start.
This could be a high-scoring one. TFC absolutely need to come out on the right side of it, though, as they teeter on the brink of an officially lost season.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: It appears that Auro (hamstring) and Chris Mavinga (hamstring) are still sitting out, but it’s definitely possible that Victor Vazquez (back) makes his return after participating in training.
LA Galaxy: None. That’s right, MLSsoccer.com lists no injuries for the Galaxy. Oh how nice that would be...
How to watch:
Match date/time: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 1 & 4 (Canada), Spectrum SportsNet (LA)
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+