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New York Red Bulls (2) - Toronto FC (0) Post Game Summary

August 3, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release


NY - Chris Mavinga 55' (OG)

NY - Kemar Lawrence 90'+1'


NY - Cristian Cásseres Jr 68' (caution)

NY - Aaron Long 70' (caution)

TFC - Alejandro Pozuelo 84' (caution)

TFC - Justin Morrow 89' (ejection)


Toronto FC 9-10-5 32 points

New York Red Bulls 11-9-4 37 points


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Justin Morrow, Omar González, Chris Mavinga (Laurent Ciman 77'), Auro Jr; Michael Bradley (C), Jonathan Osorio, Jacob Shaffelburg (Nicolas Benezet 65'), Alejandro Pozuelo; Nick DeLeon (Richie Laryea 52'), Jozy Altidore.

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Marky Delgado, Tsubasa Endoh, Patrick Mullins

NEW YORK RED BULLS - Luis Robles (C); Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence; Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski; Derrick Etienne (Cristian Cásseres Jr HT), Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Sean Davis; Brian White (Bradley Wright-Phillips 82').

Substitutes Not Used: Michael Murillo, Ryan Meara, Omir Fernandez, Andreas Ivan, Amro Tarek


Nicolas Benezet made his MLS and Toronto FC debut.


You guys had a number of good scoring chances in the first half and hit the wall in the second half. What do you think happened?

Yeah, I agree. With all the good chances we had, we should have come away with at least a couple goals, but we didn't. And the second half, I felt as -- I knew they were going to, and we knew, at the half, they were going to try to extend their pressure a little bit more and be more aggressive.

The first half they were very passive, and I think we were really able to play through them and create opportunities. The second half, they were a little bit more aggressive. I thought we looked a little bit slow to work for each other, to get into good spots for each other.

I think things became very random where guys were just moving into just random spots on the field and we weren't able to find some of the good combinations and some of the relationships that we were doing so well at finding in the first half.

I think could be fatigue playing a little bit of a role as time wore on, but again, I think we continued to find -- be a little bit more random. Forced into two subs. Nick's hip was bothering him, so had to bring him off, which was unfortunate, because I thought he was playing great.

So, we go with Richie up there just to try to use some of his speed and his wiggle to continue to create problems for them, and then Chris was cramping up and was physically struggling. I thought our two centre backs got off of being on the same page in the second half and started to become pretty individual, and I think maybe fatigue had something to do with that, but we've got to get reconnected defensively.

And then the third sub on the road, get Nicholas in a game and see what he brings to the table and how we're going to use him as we move forward. Yeah, it was kind of a tale of two halves in some ways, and they took advantage of their opportunities in the second half.

The fact you did have some really good scoring chances in the first half, does that mitigate your frustration level?

No, because for us, it's about playing a complete game. I think our last few games, we had some very good first halves. Been able to get ourselves leads in some of those games, in most of those games. But in the second half, it seems we need to continue to maintain our discipline. Maybe just adapt a little bit based on the opposition changing their way, but not get random and try to, again, this is kind of my comment a few weeks ago.

We physically have to get everybody to the same page because I feel like guys are still cramping. Guys are coming back from injury, still are not getting through 90 minutes clean and when it forces you into subs, it limits what you can do to try to adapt. But you can also see some of the relationships on the field go a little sideways when I think guys are getting a little bit tired. That's one of the keys. We've got to use this period, even though we have five games in 15 days, we've still got to get guys the appropriate rest and push guys forward in a physical way so that we can be a little closer to playing a complete game.


On tonight's game...

We needed to take better advantage of a good first half. We were a little bit unlucky. We couldn't quite get the final part of the play right to get the goal. To come into the half up 1-0, given the way we play in the first half, given the way we were on top of things, would have made a big difference, but obviously, the goal doesn't come and yet we have to find a way to take care of thing in the second half. We do a poor job on the first goal, collectively, and overall, the level dragged too much in the second half. That part is disappointing.

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