4) Game notes
(i) Nick DeLeon made an immediate impact in his MLS debut for TFC, assisting on Bradley’s first goal and clinching the game with a goal of his own in stoppage time. He did not score for D.C. United in MLS play in either of the two previous seasons.
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(ii) The Reds have some work to do on their penalty taking. Osorio failed from the spot on Saturday afternoon, following on from Terrence Boyd’s miss in the first leg of their recent Champions League loss.
(iii) TFC’s hard work in defence was best exemplified by repeatedly putting their bodies in the way of any danger. Almost literally in some cases, as they blocked eight shots by the Union.
(iv) The Reds did an excellent job of remaining disciplined in a hostile atmosphere against a team dominating possession. They only picked up two yellow cards, by Bradley and Osorio.
(v) Toronto FC now have a bye week, before their home opener on Mar. 17 against the New England Revolution. And they should have a boost, with the return of Altidore from injury.
What impressed you most about Toronto FC’s season-opening win? Does it encourage you they are headed for a bounce-back year in MLS, or are you concerned that they will struggle again? Let us know in the comments section below.