Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Two in a row for Mo
by Ridge Mahoney, May 17th, 2007 8:54AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

When he came off the field last Saturday as a raucous crowd celebrated Toronto FC's first goal and first victory, captain Jim Brennan said he and his teammates wanted opponents "to be intimidated" when they played at BMO Field.

Whether or not defending champion Houston (2-3-1) was intimidated when it played TFC Wednesday night at BMO, it certainly was ineffective despite outshooting the host, 13-7. Andy Welsh's headed goal from a Ronnie O'Brien corner kick earned TFC a 1-0 win on a rainy Toronto night, giving coach Mo
Johnston and his team their second straight victory.

Houston's attack depends on service from the flanks. Brad Davis, Brian Mullan and Dwayne DeRosario got the ball out wide, but few crosses reached Brian Ching. Conditions weren't conducive to crisp passing; balls skipped and slid on the saturated FieldTurf, and players planting their feet to cross often had them skid out from under them. DeRosario, after scorching Colorado in a 3-1 win, struggled.

Joseph Ngwenya missed two excellent chances, including a clean breakaway he stroked well wide of the far post. He came off in the 68th minute and substitute Stuart Holden ran strongly with the ball but seldom cracked open the Toronto defense.

After Welsh headed in his free kick, O'Brien booted clear a goal-bound ball that had caromed off Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson. TFC keeper Greg Sutton swatted a Davis free kick over the crossbar and stabbed out his left hand to deflect a close-range effort during another scramble, which due to the conditions predominated througout the soggy 90 minutes.

Toronto (2-4-0) posted its first shutout of the season while Houston was blanked for the fourth time in six games. The most impressive stat of the night, however, was the attendance: 19,123, only about 1,000 short of capacity.

MLS is notorious for inflating its attendances, but the team cut off season-ticket sales at 14,000, not that many seats appeared to be empty, and for any league match -- not to mention one in midweek, in the rain, in 42-degree weather -- that's a fantastic number.

GAME SUMMARY:
May 16 in Toronto
Toronto FC 1 Houston 0. Goal: Welsh (O'Brien) 25.
Toronto FC - Sutton, Wynne, Goldthwaite, Boyens, Welsh (Braz, 83), Brennan, Edu, C.Robinson, O'Brien (Pozniak, 73), Buddle, Eskandarian (Lombardo, 65).
Houston - Onstad, Mulrooney, Cochrane, E.Robinson, Barrett, Mullan, Clark, De Rosario, Davis, Ngwenya (Holden, 68), Ching.
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Brennan 43, Eskandarian 54, Pozniak 86; Houston - Robinson 76.
Referee: Terry Vaughn.
Att.: 19,123.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
Turmoil in Toronto leads to shakeup    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to New England and ...
What They're Saying: Steven Gerrard    
"If he plays like that for us every week and continues to improve, he could be ...
Reign players reward Harvey with turnaround    
[NWSL: Final] Englishwoman Laura Harvey was an easy choice for NWSL Coach of the Year, taking ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives