TFC Dabs Way Out Of 13-Match Winless Streak
At long last, Toronto FC interim coach Terry Dunfield got to celebrate a win with the struggling MLS side.
The Reds stormed to a confident-looking 3-1 win over visiting Philadelphia Union, who arrived whilst fourth in the east compared to Toronto’s dead-last fifteenth.
A first half goal from much-discussed Italian superstar Lorenzo Insigne ignited the home fans after a poor clearance allowed TFC to set up a nice passing routine in the opposition box.
Insigne’s dab celly prompted plenty of noise from those in attendance, with Toronto FC’s last win having come on May 27 against DC United – a full month before the club parted ways with Bob Bradley.
However, the atmosphere would be threatened on the cusp of half-time when a gaff from goalkeeper Tomas Romero allowed Philadelphia to level the score off a fairly straightforward play.
The Reds would prove resilient in the face of adversity – and perhaps wanting to make a statement with new head coach John Herdman watching the match – with the 20-year-old forward Deandre Kerr finishing off a great cross from the club’s other Italian superstar, Fernando Bernardeschi.
Not to be outdone by the two other designated players, it was none other than Jonathan Osorio who proved a hometown hero on the night, capping off the much-needed win with an insurance goal following a series of beautiful passes between a team that, it seems, had started showing spontaneous chemistry aplenty on the night.
“Feelings we haven’t had in a long time,” reflected Kerr after the match. “Just happiness, smiles everywhere.”
Interim head coach Terry Dunfield revealed that he had simply asked the team to bring some intensity tonight, with the club scoring more goals in one game than it had in just about eight prior matches.
“With all due respect to Philly, I just thought it was amazing for our guys to show their quality,” added the interim gaffer. “I’m really proud of the team.”
“We kept getting kicked in the balls and we just kept going. It was just so cool to see it come together.”
The Reds won’t be back in action until September 16, when they host a visiting Vancouver Whitecaps side four days before travelling to face Inter Miami and, of course, Lionel Messi.
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