Woeful TFC Limps To Late Loss Against FC Cincinnati
Toronto FC fell to its fourteenth loss in fifteen games despite a brace from midfielder Jonathan Osorio.
The failed fight to claw back a result sees the rough times continue for the reds, who have suffered a marked downfall after hoisting the Supporters Shield at BMO Field six long years ago. It was visitors FC Cincinnati doing the clinching last night on a pitch that hasn’t seen much home success.
The visitors took the lead in the 28th minute after Brandon Bazquez found a tidy bity of space to fire in a nodded ball from Mosquera which beat goalkeeper Luka Gavran in the 28th minute.
It soon became a double sucker-puncher salvo from FC Cincinnati when Vazquez found the back of the net again just seven minutes later, finding himself in the right place at the right time to bag a rebound after Gavran had done well to deny Gabonese international Aaron Boupendza.
The hosts were given a lifeline when Federico Bernardeschi made space for himself outside of the box and fired a low ball that was spilled by ‘Cincy keeper Roman Celentano, with Jonathan Osorio swinging in to scoop up the miss and put TFC within one goal again.
It seemed like a comeback was on the cards – and against the run of play – when Jonathan Osorio bagged himself a brace on the stroke of half-time. The Reds took advantage of Boupendza doing a few rolls on the floor to make space for themselves on the right flank, with Bernardeschi once again surging forward. This time he forced Celentano into a save with a chipped effort, but once again Jonathan Osorio was there to finish the chance. Just like that, it was 2-2.
The result wouldn’t stay etched in the balance, however, with FC Cincinnati soon showing exactly why they were destined to hoist the Supporters’ Shield on the night: Aaron Boupendza, now firmly done rolling, finishing a nice bit of build-up that saw TFC simply outpaced on the counter.
The 1-2 scoreline would stick for the visitors, with Toronto FC succumbing to yet another loss as interim head coach Terry Dunfield continues to take hits as John Herdman bides his time taking over the club.
Toronto FC remains at the basement of Major League Soccer on 22 points, suffering fourteen losses in its last fifteen matches. With an all-telling goal differential of -25 (also a league-worst), some fans might actually be glad to know there’s just three matches left to endure.
To make matters worse, star signing Lorenzo Insigne – who missed his twelfth league game of the season last night – got into an altercation with a fan midway throughout the match, a culmination of fans at-large displeasure with his lack of impact on the team, and the player’s own lack of emotional control frequently seen on the pitch.
The club’s low point was exemplified by FC Cincinnati players splashing eachother with champagne postgame, something which a few members of the TFC roster had done themselves back in 2017. Toronto is long way since then, however, and the only direction left to go is up.
Header Image Photo Credit: Shaun McLeod