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Toronto FC Defeats FC Dallas 3-1 At BMO Field

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In what was their fifth MLS home game of the 2024 season, the Reds welcomed FC Dallas of the MLS Western Conference and came out with a 3-1 win. Federico Bernardeschi scored himself a brace, with Matty Longstaff scoring the third.

Toronto FC came out eager with Coach John Herdman having already led his team to three straight wins for the first time under his tenure, with the night the side lock in a fourth straight win with a 3-1 at result at BMO Field.

Italian DP Federico Bernardeschi got the party started for TFC in the 43rd minute after Toronto FC was awarded a penalty. While Bernardeschi’s penalty was deflected away by Maarten Paes, a quick run from the Italian to get the rebound gave Toronto the 1-0 lead and marked his first goal of the season.

The Italian DP would strike again and in spectacular form to give Toronto the 2-0 lead, extinguishing what has been a rough 19 games thus far for the Italian struggling to find the back of the net.

In the 52nd minute we saw the Italian back in his stylish form as he cut to his left and hammered a shot into the top corner from outside the penalty box.

Federico Bernardeschi has been a important figure for the team under Coach Herdman, as we have seen many times this season setting up his teammates for success. He was on fine display in last week’s 2-1 comeback in Florida, where he assisted Prince Owusu’s goal winning goal and played a huge part in Spicer’s first goal, where we saw the Italian’s long ball find Kobe Franklin on the right and Franklin’s cross was headed into the back of the night.

Tonight the Italian finally found his name twice on the scoresheet as he helped his team make it four straight wins across all competitions. His performance also earned him man of the match of honours.

Former Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff also found himself in the scoresheet for the first time as a Red in 82nd minute, as Federico’s ball played into the box would be scored by Longstaff.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson was denied a clean sheet as visitors FC Dallas would get one back in the dying minutes of game play courtesy of Sam Junqua.

Toronto was without Lorenzo Insigne, Richie Laryea, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Shane O’Neill, and Brandon Servania. Coach Herdman also quickly found himself Raoul Petretta as he was subbed off in the 16th minute of the game following a nasty tackle from Croatian forward Peter Musa.

Coach Herdman’s next focus will be for the two-legged quarter-final stage of the Canadian Championship up against CS Saint-Laurent at the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard.

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