[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Perhaps no one can replace former striker Danny Dichio in the hearts and minds of Toronto FC fans, but Danny Koevermans is quickly making his own mark.
Koevermans, a midseason acquisition as a Designated Player, scored the only goal in the 40th minute as TFC beat Panamanian club Tauro FC, 1-0, in Concacaf Champions League play Tuesday. His first goal in CCL play came after netting six in seven MLS games, including a pair last weekend as TFC downed defending champion Colorado, 2-1.
With the victory, TFC (2-2-0, 6 pts.) moved into second place and kept alive its hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds out of Group C. Leader FC Dallas (2-0-1, 7 pts.) hosts UNAM (1-1-1, 4 pts.) Wednesday at Pizza Hut Park. Tauro (0-2-2, 2 pts.) remains in last place.
During his stint with TFC, Dichio specialized in scoring scrappy goals -- often with his head – while tallying 14 times from 2007 to 2009. Koevermans capitalized when presented just such a chance shortly before halftime. Ashtone Morgan crossed from the left, Ryan Johnson knocked the ball into the middle and when Peri Marosevic headed it toward goal, Koevermans outjumped an opponent and nodded it over charging goalkeeper Alvaro Anzola.
Tauro had been content to sit back and soak up pressure in the first half. Koevermans tested Anzola with a shot in the opening minutes and a few minutes later the keeper came out to snag a high ball lobbed into the box by Andy Iro as Koevermans barreled into the box.
Victor Mendieta hit the outside of the post with a shot following a corner kick prior to Koevermans’ goal. Tauro increased its pressure in the second half but failed to seriously test keeper Milos Kocic and ended the match with just two shots on goal.
In the fifth round of group play next week, Toronto hosts UNAM and FC Dallas plays Tauro FC in Panama City.