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Recap: Toronto FC Beat Atlanta United In Dominate Performance Despite Injury Crisis

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After losing to NYCFC last weekend, the Reds hosted Atlanta United to mark their second home game of the 2024 MLS Campaign.

The first half started sharp with both sides putting pressure on either side of the defensive lines. Goalkeeper Luka Gavran would come up big and deny the guests from scoring in the early ten minutes.

TFC coach John Herdman would be forced to make an early substitution in the first half as defender Shane O’Neill would leave the game due to injury bringing in Aime Mabika into the game.

After making his debut just last week, Tyrese Spicer would open the scoring for Toronto FC in the 35th minute, scoring his first MLS career goal.

Toronto FC’s injury crisis would unfortunately continue as Lorenzo Insigne would limp off the field in the extra added time of the first half. Head coach John Herdman would replace Insigne with Kosi Thompson in the start of the second half.

Toronto FC would extend their 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from sub Prince Owusu, who would follow pursuit of Tyrese Spicer and score his first MLS goal in the 71st minute making it 2-0 for Toronto.

Toronto FC would grab all three points and finish 2-0 extending their record to (3-1-1, 10pts).

Following the match, Spicer – Toronto FC’s number one overall pick from the 2024 MLS SuperDraft – revealed that he wasn’t afraid of stepping onto the professional stage.

“I was confident in myself tonight and went out there and trusted my teammates,” said Spicer. “John tells us to trust in each other and that what I did.”

Herdman was happy to see the side show a firm ability to bounce back after last week’s lost.

“The critical part is to not go back to back losses,” said the gaffer after the match. “The clarity of strong teams is they don’t lose back to back. They fought tooth and nail to keep a clean sheet and get the three points.”

“Big shoutout to the fans that made it tonight. They made a difference, it was next man up, you gotta be nimble and on your toes – credit to Aime. Prince stayed ready and focused, and a special moment for the lad Spicer,” added coach Herdman after the final whistle on the overall match against Atlanta.

With another win in the books and yet another clean sheet from the Reds the newly rejuvenated Toronto FC keep the impressive start into the season.

“Goals win games, but clean sheets win championships,” added Herdman when asked about another clean sheet from goalkeeper Luka Gavran, who is taking his opportunity well in the absence of first choice keeper Sean Johnson.

The Reds will be back in action as they host Sporting Kansas City next week.

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