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Toronto FC (1) - San Jose Earthquakes (2) Post Game Summary

May 26, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release



TOR - Richie Laryea 28' (Marky Delgado, Jozy Altidore)

SJ - Chris Wondolowski 37' (Cristian Espinoza)

SJ - Chris Wondolowski 81' (Cristian Espinoza)


SJ - Tommy Thompson 33' (caution)

TOR - Liam Fraser 61' (caution)

SJ - Cristian Espinoza 64' (caution)

SJ - Magnus Eriksson 69' (caution)


Toronto FC 5-6-2 17 points.

San Jose Earthquakes 5-6-2 17 points.


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Auro Jr (Jay Chapman 73'), Drew Moor (C), Chris Mavinga, Ashtone Morgan, Justin Morrow (Terrence Boyd 61'); Liam Fraser, Richie Laryea, Marky Delgado; Nick DeLeon (Jordan Hamilton 82'), Jozy Altidore.

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Eriq Zavaleta, Griffin Dorsey, Laurent Ciman

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - Daniel Vega; Tommy Thompson, Harold Cummings, Florian Jungwirth, Nick Lima; Anibal Godoy (Guram Kashia 84'), Jackson Yueill, Shea Salinas; Cristian Espinoza, Magnus Eriksson (Danny Hoesen 73'), Chris Wondolowski (Valeri Qazaishvili 84') (C).

Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Tarbell, Marcos Lopez, Paul Marie, Judson


Richie Laryea scored his first MLS and Toronto FC goal.


Greg you pretty much described those goals earlier this week by Wondolowski, a lot of people have fallen victim to him. Are you disappointed?

Yeah, I think it's "bs," I think we can talk about it and the dude can score 150 goals in our league, 120 of them are the same way and we don't have the presence in those situations to find that guys body and to know where he is. That just has to be better. This is ultimately a game and it doesn't matter what happens between the 18's sometimes, especially with the way they play. It's a matter of executing in the boxes and that was the game. Each team was trying to gain some advantage in the game and then execute on that advantage. They got 2 off of switches of play, we don't close out the crosser, give him too much space and he smashes one across the face of the goal. We don't know where the forward is, the one guy who's leading the league in the history of scoring and we don't even know where he is, and he puts one in. Again, he's scored 120-150 goals like that, to me it's frustrating because our performances aren't so bad, our execution in the final third on either side is just not where, I mean if you want to take points it's got to better. Protect our goal better and put away chances that the have in front of their goal. I think they had maybe 3 chances of which they put away 2, we had many chances around their goal, multiple of which aren't on goal for the keeper to make saves. Again, ultimately the game comes down to the execution of key moments, those are where the wins and losses and draws come down to those moments.

Greg, rare starts for Liam and Richie today, what did you sorta see from those two about the full 90?

I thought they were fine. I thought Liam did what we asked of him on the day. We knew it would be a day where him and two center backs were gonna have to, on the attacking side anyways, get the game going, try to get Liam on the other side of it so he can then start to initiate attacks because it was going to be a lot of balls played in the post up players, Jozy into guys high who were then bouncing back the guys facing Moor and we needed to go start the attack off of that stuff. We knew Liam would be picking up balls moving forward, midfield picking up balls moving forward. I thought he, Drew and Chris generally did a pretty good job of getting things started and then it became what is the execution once of you find that guy now facing forward running at them. I thought Liam was fine. They're were a whole bunch of scenarios where we as a team get that guy facing forward, we have the space for the drive and we just turn and pass the ball off. With a team that is man-marking you don't want to pass the ball off to a guy that's marked. You have to drive that space and force somebody to come off of somebody and then the pass becomes clear and obvious. Too many times we passed the buck, in situations where we have the opportunity to make the difference and we just pass it off to somebody else. Again, that man's marked so it's a much more difficult scenario for him. It's strange game for a young player to try to manage things that are unique at times, but I thought he did a good job. Richie, I thought his start to the game and his pace, his quickness, his speed was just difference making. He was able to get to the end line, there was a possible PK when he gets around the corner there. We don't seem to be getting those right now, I feel like we've had a couple so this game I thought Richie was producing on 1 on 1 situations, he was doing a nice job of doing that. Once Auro had to come out and drop back I think Richie got more conservative, some moments where I think he could've been more aggressive, but he was trying to do his job at that point. Again, I think we see some of the qualities that Richie has which will be useful going forward. I thought they both were ok. They both did their job on the day.


On the team's performance....

We knew San Jose was going to man mark us and we knew it was going to be a frustrating game from that sense. I think we initially followed our game plan as we knew what we wanted to accomplish. It came down to us not being able to make big plays in both boxes. We gave up two goals that were very, very similar. We couldn't capitalize on the other side of the field.

On filling Michael Bradley's shoes....

All the guys were very supportive during the match and prior to the match. Any way I can help the team what I am here to do.


On what went wrong...

He (Wondolowski) got some good service and found a couple soft spots on us. On his first goal we have to deny the service and then I got to be closer to him. I thought I had him, I was right there, I don't know how it went by me, around me, or under me. This is why he has scored 967 goals, you know, he finds a way to put the ball in the back of the net. We've got to be better, for sure myself, and we have to deny the service as well.

On what seems that every mistake that is made ends up in the back of the net....

That's football. We have to get ourselves out on our own. I said after the Salt Lake game that we have to quit conceding goals. That's up to all of us, not just the defenders and goals, that is us as an entire unit. We need just a bit more pride and not allowing goals. We have to take our chances on the other end as we are not scoring enough right now either. We need to regroup and figure some things out.


On his first goal and the loss...

Yeah, obviously I am happy to score but I would take not scoring and us winning.

On his comfortability level on playing as a wide player....

I think with more repetition and rotation in training and games I am feeling a lot better in wide positions. I think I still have a lot more to learn about certain situations.

On if he feels if he has something to prove when he plays...

I think everyone on the team does that and I think everyone has to bring something when they play.

On the mood of the team....

If you watch the game, you see we fully deserved to win that game. They had about 3 chances and scored on 2 of them. We had a bunch and we don't convert them as we should, so it is frustrating. We are working hard to get these results and I am sure it will turn around.


What does it say about your group to come back and win today?

Yeah, absolutely, I think there is a lot of confidence in this locker room. I think we are starting to play a lot better and understand the system that coach Matías (Almeyda) has instilled in us. To be honest, I think we caught TFC on a good night, they're out with a few injuries unfortunately for them but it was nice that we could take advantage of it.

On scoring more goals...

It's been fun. Goal scoring comes in bunches, whether good or bad, and right now they're coming so I'm trying to take advantage of it. To be honest it was a great play by Cristian Espinoza, the way he was able to fly down that flank tonight, he sent in a few good balls and I was just happy to find myself on the end of a couple of them.

On setting the record for most game winning goals...

It's a true honour. I'm very fortunate again just to have that (record). I think it's very important. If you have game winning goals, then that's a big thing. It's very fortunate thanks to the team's good defense.

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