The opening game of the year for MLS teams didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.
Toronto FC is very good. The Colorado Rapids need a lot of work.
TFC cruised to a
2-0 win over the Rapids in the chilly Rockies in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Concacaf Champions League.
With temperatures dropping to 3 degrees, it was the coldest match on record for a game involving two MLS teams and drew
a sparse crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Under new coach Anthony Hudson
, the Rapids have eschewed the South American market many clubs have mined for young players, but Hudson
started five new players, including Jack Price
(Wolves) and Tommy Smith
(Ipswich Town) brought in from the English League Championship.
Toronto FC dominated possession, but
the Rapids had the best chance of the first half when Dominique Badji
was stopped by TFC keeper Alex Bono
TFC, which had prepared for the match at altitude by training in
Mexico City, took command in the second half with goals by Jonathan Osorio
on a header and Sebastian Giovinco
on a side-volley.
Assisting on Giovinco's goal was Brazilian
, the only new player in TFC's lineup. Dutch star Gregory van der Wiel
, who is expected to take over at right back, and center back Chris Mavinga
have been nursing injuries
and did not travel to Colorado. Feb. 20 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 0 Toronto FC 2
. Goals: Osorio 55,
Giovinco 74. Colorado --
Howard, Hairston, Ford, Wynne, Smith, Castillo, Boateng, Martinez, Price, Badji, McBean. Toronto FC --
Bono, Auro (Hasler 79), Moor, Hagglund,
Morrow, Delgado (Zavaleta 78, Bradley, Vazquez, Bradley, Altidore (Hamilton 89), Giovinco.Att.: 2,673.