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Recap: Toronto FC Falls Short Against FC Cincinnati In Late Loss

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With recent back-to-back wins in all competitions at BMO Field, the Reds hosted FC Cincinnati for their second meetup this 2024 MLS campaign tonight.

Their first meeting of the season dated all the way back to the MLS opener, where both teams drew 0-0 at TQL Stadium. In tonight’s matchup, Toronto FC and FC Cincinnati went back and forth scoring goals in a eventful offensive showing from both sides, though the Reds winning streak would be broken by Cincinnati 4-3.

The first half began with both sides putting pressure on either side of the nets. FC Cincinnati’s captain Luciano Acosta almost giving his side a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute after a breakaway solo counter attack shot on goal would bounce off the post then out of play.

It would be home side Toronto FC to score first to break the deadlock in the 25 minute as a corner kick from Lorenzo Insigne would find Deybi Flores, who would ultimately head it into the back of the night to mark his first goal for TFC.

Before the first half whistle was blown Toronto FC would put the ball into the back of the net for the second time off a corner, yet a collision with Toronto’s Sigurd Rosted and Cincinnati’s keeper Roman Celentano would spill the ball, leaving Prince Owusu tapping it home referee Victor Rivas would immediately waved the goal off.

FC Cincinnati would come into the second half with one thing in mind wanting to equalize. Luca Orellano would grant his side this wish in the 53rd minute as he would net one in past Sean Johnson.

Just three minutes apart, FC Cincinnati would take the 2-1 lead as a break away attack from Luca Orellano would find himself in the box. Taking the shot and getting deflected away by Sean Johnson, the ball would find its way to Kevin Kelsy, who would then double the lead for FC Cincinnati just a couple minutes after the visitors had equalized.

After being down a goal for 8 minutes some work from Lorenzo Insigne in the box would lead to an own goal from Ian Murphy, making things all square at BMO Field in the 63rd minute.

Luca Orellano would score his second of the night just ten minutes before the final whistle was blown, giving FC Cincinnati a late 3-2 lead.

With 5 minutes to play FC Cincinnati would concede a penalty and Lorenzo Insigne would no mistake from the spot making things all tied up 3-3 for Toronto FC, with the late drama coming in spades.

With nine minutes of added time on the board, FC Cincinnati would find the winner in the 93rd minute FC Cincinnati through a final goal scored by Sergio Santos.

Sergio Santos’s goal in added time would seal the win and secure three points for visitors FC Cincinnati, keeping them on their winning streak extending it to seven straight MLS wins.

Captain Jonathan Osorio, who finally came back after sustaining a injury and missing a couple of games, had this to say on tonight’s match: β€œI think we can take a lot of positives. We played a contender in this league, it was always gonna be a tough game, at the end of the day its the result, we didn’t get it, but it’s something to learn from.”

Coach Herdman said after the final 90 minutes and ahead of two difficult games on the road coming up that one has to be tough and that the mindset has to be right.

John Herdman and Toronto FC’s next game will be on the road on Wednesday where they will head to Philadelphia for the two team’s first meeting this 2024 MLS campaign. They will then have a game at DC United.

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