MLS Game Summary - New York at Toronto FC|
(Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New York 4, Toronto FC 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rafael Marquez scored his first goal in Major
League Soccer and Red Bull New York handed Toronto FC its first home defeat in
more than a year, 4-1 on Saturday at BMO Field.
Marquez scored off a swerving, 25-yard shot into the top-right corner for his
first goal since joining New York from Barcelona in the 36th minute and an own
goal five minutes later gave the Red Bulls a two-goal lead at halftime.
Dwayne De Rosario cut New York's lead in half four minutes after halftime, but
Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick following handball by Toronto's Nana
Attakora in the 61st and Carl Robinson added the final goal in the 78th.
New York (10-7-4) won its first match with both Marquez and Thierry Henry, and
rebounded from a 1-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Galaxy last week. The Red Bulls
opened an eight-point lead over Toronto for second in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto (7-8-5) was unbeaten at home through its first 10 matches this season,
and last loss at home on June 6, 2009, 2-1 to Los Angeles, a stretch of 17 MLS
games spanning two seasons.
TFC started well, as Mista was denied by New York goalie Bouna Coundoul at the
end of a nice run, Nick LaBrocca hit the left post and Martin Saric was denied
off a rebound attempt by Coundoul from close range in the opening 15 minutes.
New York took control of the match when Marquez unleashed a half-volley off an
assist from rookie Tony Tchani. Marquez drove the shot at Frei, and it swerved
from the middle of the goal to the top right to leave the TFC goalie no hope.
Marquez created the own goal five minutes later off a free kick that was sent
past Frei by Joseph Nane from inside the six-yard box. Marquez swung the ball
in from the right, and it slipped through one Toronto player and hit off Nane,
then inside the left post.
Toronto cut the deficit in half early after half when O'Brian White slipped a
pass into the box to De Rosario, who held off a defender and slipped a shot by
Coundoul from a tight angle in the 49th minute for his ninth goal of the year.
Henry nearly scored his first MLS goal in the 57th, but slipped as he fired an
open shot from 18 yards and misfired, then De Rosario drove an open shot into
the chest of Coundoul two minutes later as Toronto nearly equalized.
Toronto's hopes of finishing a comeback ended minutes later as Attakora played
down a pass with his hand to keep it from going to an open Henry. Angel drove
the penalty off Frei's hand, the underside of the bar and into the net for his
12th goal, which is second in MLS.
Robinson, who was traded from Toronto to New York in March, added the fourth
goal after a cross slipped off Frei's hands to set up an open header into an
empty net. Robinson's goal was his first of the season.
Joel Lindpere and Tchani both had chances to add another goal for New York but
Frei saved both, as Toronto avoided a more lopsided loss. Toronto lost to New
York in its last MLS match, 1-0 at Red Bull Arena earlier this month.
New York will try to build on the win Aug. 28, when it hosts San Jose. Toronto
will try to start another home unbeaten run on Aug. 28 when it hosts defending
MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.
08/21 20:06:10 ET