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Toronto FC Gives MLS a Clean Sweep in CONCACAF Champions League

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It was a clean sweep for Major League Soccer in the first week of group stage action in the CONCACAF Champions League this past week. Solid performances from Seattle and Los Angeles, with a crazy win by Colorado while FC Dallas made history down in Mexico. Now could the Canadian end continue that fantastic momentum to finish off the week?

It was in Panama where Toronto FC was looking for some positives after another horrible league season to try and lift their confidence and get some positive results in international cup competition. Facing Tauro FC, you felt it was going to be a tough match-up for the Reds.

But it all started very positive for TFC as Ryan Johnson got the side on the scoreboard first. In the twenty-first minute he timed his run and got by the defender. On a bounce Johnson smashed the ball past the keeper and put Toronto ahead. The defender was looking to the referee for a foul as he thought he was bumped. No call came and the goal stood.

Three minutes later it was Julian DeGuzman that gave the Canadian side the two goal lead as he got the ball and from 21 yards out smacked a laser that the keeper had no idea what was coming. Terrible defense by Tauro FC and a terrible job by Anzola who just got a touch on the ball, but it wasn’t enough.

After making two changes within the 33rd minute of the first half by Tauro FC, it looked like they were going to get back into the match. Tauro attacked with conviction but their chances weren’t threatening enough.

The first goal for Tauro FC didn’t come ’til the referee called for a penalty in the 73rd minute as the Toronto defender made the tackle in the area. It took a couple of minutes for Tauro to take their spot kick as the ref demanded that Toronto assistant coach Bob de Klerk leave the playing field.

Several minutes before the penalty was awarded, de Klerk was seen arguing about something to the referee on a call or a non call and it looked like de Klerk was still yapping off camera, so the ref pointed and ejected de Klerk. But in the 76th minute, Luis Moreno converted the spot kick and cut the deficit to one.

With five minutes of second half stoppage time Tauro FC couldn’t find the late equalizer and Toronto FC held on to get their first win of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League. For the first time in the history of MLS, five sides entered the Champions League and all five got victories either at home or on the road.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber stressed that the league and its clubs are going to be serious in this competition and so far it’s a clean sweep in the first week of action.

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15 Responses to Toronto FC Gives MLS a Clean Sweep in CONCACAF Champions League

  1. Michael says:

    Tauro’s uniforms look a lot like the Colorado Rapids’.

    • Daniel Feuerstein says:

      Actually Michael they look like Juventus. I understand that Tauro’s owner is a fan of Juventus, which is why they are Black and White stripped.

  2. Kevin says:

    I mentioned him in another post, but it is fun to go pull the articles Kartik Krishnaiyer wrote on MLStalk two years ago. He bashed MLS. MLS would never do well in CCL MLS sucked. MLS brings down U.S. soccer. MLS is the devil. Crappy D2 USL was better. The PR Islanders were gods cause they made the semis. How quickly things change in two years. MLS nearly won the CCL last year and grows every year. Now there isn’t even a D2 USL. What an idiot.

    The guy didn’t have any patience. Now I think he works in McDonald’s.

    • WSW says:

      Dude you are the idiot..USL is D3.

      • zee112 says:

        Actually, before this season, USL was D2.

      • Kevin says:

        WSW, considering your reputation as the village idiot of bigsoccer.com, the last thing you should be doing is questioning someone’s intelligence. From 1997 to 2004, D2 was the A-League. From 2005 to 2009, it was the USL-1. In 2010, D2 was called the USSF D2 League and was made up of USL and NASL teams. So until this year, USL was part of D2. Don’t be a stereotype.

        And USL isn’t D3! The USL is large group of connected soccer league that span many divisions. USL-Pro is D3. Now kindly crawl back under your rock and wonder worry Tampa died as a soccer market and nobody cares about the stupid Mickey Mouse NASL.

    • Charles says:

      I think he is posting as a MLS Hater Troll on this site actually.
      I liked Kartik’s enthusiasm.

      He most likely was like a lot of people. He wanted something to succeed, so he was blind as to what would succeed and ignored the facts.
      In the mid 1990s, USL ( A league was around ) and the most successful teams were a part of it. Oki donated all the profits of the Sounders to charity back then. He ended up donating 2% of the revenues instead.

      Then look at the posters on this site. They are Kartik K Part II
      The more times MLS does better and better and soccer does well in this country, the more rediculous their posts. No need for looking at what happened, just keep asserting the US should do it “like the rest of the world”

    • The Gaffer says:

      Kevin, for the record, Kartik is head of communications at NASL.

      A lot has changed in two years, yes. But he was writing about what he saw two years ago. It’s easy for you to play Monday morning quarterback.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. WSW says:

    It doesn’t matter once the quarter-finals and semi-finals roll around MLS will be in pre-season.

  4. Alex says:

    While this is a good result for mls clubs for the first time in a meaningful tournament we can’t be too quick to celebrate. To be fair apart from pumas who they played their youth reserves, the clubs mls clubs faced against are obviously inferior and small. In comparison tauro, comunicaciones etc made mls look like man u. Travel, roster depth , parity restrictions are all hurdles mls clubs are facing, not to mention more powerful clubs on the horizon. I’m not going to be ignorant and say mls isn’t going to win this year cuz you never know. But imo until the leagues allow clubs to be more autonomous I don’t think any mls club will win the ccl. Personally I want LA to take it I can care less for rapids sounders tfc and especially fcd. I hope fcd flops. Nevermind that whole all for one mls banner I hate fcd almost as much as the enetgy drinks

    • Kevin says:

      And here is one of the geniuses Charles was talking about. Nothing is ever good enough. Nobody has any freaking patience in American soccer. They all want the American ELP, where only 6 clubs can win, to pop down here. What a joke.

      “Travel, roster depth , parity restrictions are all hurdles mls clubs are facing, not to mention more powerful clubs on the horizon.”

      Welcome to 2011. You are still stuck in 2009. MLS expanded the rosters this year, brought back the reserve squads, and now gives more money to teams that do well in the CCL. MLS wants to compete. They are already playing the more powerful clubs.

      “To be fair apart from pumas who they played their youth reserves, the clubs mls clubs faced against are obviously inferior and small. In comparison tauro, comunicaciones etc made mls look like man u.”

      What garbage. These where the same clubs that were beating MLS clubs two years ago and in CCL before. Now they are inferior because MLS clubs beat them? Talk about moving the goalposts.

      “But imo until the leagues allow clubs to be more autonomous I don’t think any mls club will win the ccl.”

      Hello! RSL nearly won the CCL this year! They tied the best team in Mexico in Mexico and lost the game at home 1-0. They should have won. So what are you talking about? And enough about the single entity garbage. MLS is not running every club. Slowly things are changing. But nobody can appreciate the good things.

      • Alex says:

        “MLS is not running every club. Slowly things are changing. But nobody can appreciate the good things.”

        actually yea they do. MLS still holds a majority ownership in every club. around 60% actually. the CCL is a marathon, not a sprint race. LA, SSFC, TFC, Rapids and FCD are all very spread out geographically they already went through the mayhem of those mickey friendlies and the MLS schedule doesnt help. and the other half of the CCL is in pre season for MLS. you’re looking at this as of right now. im looking at this down the road. its good that MLS is finally is taking something thats not mickey mouseish seriously but if MLS is determined to win this, most likely they will put their best xi on the field, then wheres does that leave the players when it comes to traveling back and facing regular season play? it all comes down to roster management and thats something the current mls structure makes very hard for mls clubs to do. plus if you read the MLS guidelines on rosters and player aquisitions and such it reads much like a the fine print of a credit card deal thats too good to be true.

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