CCL: Toronto FC is right at home in freezing (3 degrees!) Colorado

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 Auro, 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.

3 comments about "CCL: Toronto FC is right at home in freezing (3 degrees!) Colorado".
  1. Wallace Wade, February 21, 2018 at 9:24 a.m.

    I thought all the “soccer experts” tell us we can’t change the schedule, because MLS can’t play in the cold weather?

  2. Eugene Hiigel replied, February 21, 2018 at 12:03 p.m.

    Please note that the size of the crowd might have some relationship to the reason MLS won't soon change to a winter schedule.  A crowd of 2,673 won't keep the lights on I suspect.

  3. Ben Myers, February 21, 2018 at 7:44 p.m.

    Frozen beer?  Oi!

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