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Galaxy spoils Toronto party
by Paul Kennedy, March 7th, 2012 10:46PM

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] It was called the biggest game in the history of Toronto FC, drawing 47,658 fans, and it showed it was up for the occasion, getting early goals from Ryan Johnson and rookie Luis Silva. But then TFC reverted to its old ways of failing to put away games and allowing the Los Angeles Galaxy to escape Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, with a 2-2 tie on a goal by Landon Donovan in the 88th minute.

The temperatures had dipped to single digits outdoors, but the action was heated in the Rogers Centre as Toronto went ahead when Johnson scored on a clearance off a German captain Torsten Frings' corner kick in the 12th minute.

Seven minutes later, Frings launched another cross into the area, and Silva, the rookie of UC Santa Barbara, met it for the second goal.

But TFC's two-goal lead lasted only 11 minutes as Mike Magee scored off a cross from right back Sean Franklin.

The Galaxy's two foreign stars, David Beckham and Roy Keane, had complained about the hard Roger Centre surface, and the Galaxy looked uncomfortable much of the game.

But it got a break late in the game when the TFC defense failed to deal with Beckham's corner kick. It first went to Edson Buddle and he knocked the rebound back into the middle, where the unmarked Donovan slotted the ball past Toronto keeper Stefan Frei.

Quarterfinal, 1st leg
March 8 in Toronto
Toronto FC 2 Los Angeles 1. Goals: Johnson 12, Silva 18; Magee 29, Donovan 88.
Toronto FC -- Frei, Eckersley, Aceval, Harden, Morgan, Frings, Dunfield, Silva (Maund, 88), Johnson, Koevermans, Plata
Los Angeles -- Saunders, Franklin, Boyens (Barrett, 87), DeLaGarza, Dunivant, Donovan, Juninho (Stephens, 87), Beckham, Magee, Keane, Buddle.
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica).
Att.: 47,658.



4 comments
  1. Brian Damphousse
    commented on: March 8, 2012 at 5:53 a.m.
    And the field? Had it been playable LA would have won by at least two goals. That surface was a joke.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: March 8, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
    I turned the TV on, saw that horrible surface which, unlike some other artificial surfaces, looked horrible on the screen, and switched to a different channel. I just can't watch soccer when it's played on such junk.

  1. Brian Damphousse
    commented on: March 8, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.
    But all the talk will be of how Toronto always does things right. MLS and Concacaf might be feeling good about themselves, but they need to get back basics. Even the USSF should prohibit Open Cup matches on anything but grass.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 8, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
    Typical MLS contest, no simplicity of play, long balls galore, possession pains, and poor execution, mostly by Toronto FC. As for Brian Dunseth and Mr. Dellacava, the commentary was winded, off point and at times nonsensicle; nothing seems to change, especially the simplicity part on the pitch and behind the mike where the game is overwhelmed.


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