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Toronto FC (1) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1) Post Game Summary

June 1, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release




VAN - Fredy Montero 84' (PK)

TFC - Nick DeLeon 90' (Marky Delgado)


TFC - Drew Moor 45' +1 (caution)


Toronto FC 5-6-3 18 points

Vancouver 4-6-6 18 points


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Laurent Ciman, Drew Moor (C), Chris Mavinga (Eriq Zavaleta 32'); Richie Laryea (Nick DeLeon 50'), Markey Delgado, Liam Fraser, Alejandro Pozuelo, Justin Morrow; Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd (Jordan Hamilton 76')

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Ashtone Morgan, Jay Chapman, Griffin Dorsey

VANCOUVER - Maxime Crepeau; Erik Godoy, Andy Rose, Derek Cornelius; Scott Sutter, Hwang In-Beom (Victor Giro 90' +1), Jon Erice (C), Russell Teibert (Felipe 70'), Ali Adnan; Lucas Venuto (Yordy Reyna 62'), Fredy Montero

Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Brett Levis, Theo Bair, Brendan McDonough


On the equalizer:

"I thought it was fair on the night. It took me from an emotion where I was very angry, to, I guess, I've calmed down a little bit. I'm proud of the guys because we tried to push the game, tried to find ways into the box, around the goal, trying to find ways to score a goal. They got a lot of numbers in front of their goal. They do a great job protecting their goal. We were finding a hard time trying to find a way to break it open."

On fighting until the end:

"We were the architect of our own demise on the goal, giving up the ball at a bad spot. A very fast player on transition puts us in a tough situation. The guys stuck with it. It's something we've been talking about this week. They fight until the end with some urgency and some quality on some of the actions to create chances in the end. When you push the game like that, hopefully at some point, something gives. I'm not sure we had a PK earlier, that was a possibility, but when you push the game and put the opposition in difficult situations, sometimes good thinks happen for you."

On opposing teams' tactics against TFC:

"We've played a lot of teams who have been quick to get a lot of numbers back in between the ball and the goal. We've been in a lot of games where we've been forced to have to break teams down and create chances and finish chances. Not a lot of space and a lot of numbers between the ball and the goal. It takes a little more quality, it takes a little more precision. We've got to be able to hurt teams from wide positions. We've got to hurt teams from distance. If we can do that, they might have to open up. This game would've done well having a goal if we scored earlier, that would've changed the complexion of the game. That's football, teams choose their tactics, and they choose the way they think they can win. Right now, a fair amount of teams are choosing to get numbers between the ball and the goal against us, forcing us to have to break them down and try to get us in transition. We got to stick with it, and I do believe that the goal tide is going to come."


On tonight's result:

"To be honest, I think we deserved it. For most of the game, we controlled most of the play. Fair play to them, they punished us that one time we lost the ball in a difficult spot but I think we deserved three points but we'll take one. We've been in a rut and it's a positive result at the moment."

On taking more risk:

"Oddly enough, the goal comes off a giveaway but I think we took better care of the ball aside from that. We have to be more dangerous. We have to take more risk in the final third. I think we're too comfortable with getting it, playing the safe pass, and that comes with repetition. We haven't had our full team out there all the time, we've had injuries, but we have to be proud of this result. It's a tough place to play, and we've been in a rut so to have a positive result, we'll take it from there and look forward to next week."

On playing understrength:

"We've had some big trips, we came off a tough month, we finally have some guys healthy and we lose two key guys in Michael and Jonathan Osorio. We're still understrength, but to get a positive result, I think everybody's pleased with it."

On playing for each other:

"I think the goals are going to come. We can do with a little bit more quality at times but you can't fault the boys for effort. Greg has done a great job preparing everybody. Tonight was a group playing for each other, for our coach because he enables us to do what we do. We need him, we rely on him, and we look forward to next week."


On his performance:

"I thought I did well. Disappointed from a team aspect not to come away with the three points, because I thought we deserved them. For myself I was building on the last performance against San Jose. My teammates really helped me with that. But again we're not satisfied with a draw, we wanted to take those three points. We're going to head back to Toronto, we have a game against Kansas [City] on Friday and we're going to push for that win."

On being surprised at the Whitecaps defending deep:

"I think that might have been the game plan in the first half, because they seemed very reluctant to want to press us. I think in the second half they decided to start stepping up a bit more because they thought we were too comfortable on the ball. We all feel that's a goal on the penalty that we shouldn't give up. We lost the ball in their final third and for us to make that track back almost the full length of the pitch and give away a PK is something that we're not anticipating at all. That's why it kind of caught us off guard. But that's something we're going to take back to the training ground to work on as we head back to Toronto this week."

On being relied upon during the Gold Cup break:

"I'm not satisfied yet. I think once I put a performance in where we get the win, that would definitely make me happier. Because the last three games that I've been involved in have been two losses and a draw and I don't think that reflects well on myself, especially being in such an important midfield role. But again, any time the team needs to rely on me in the middle, I'll take that opportunity and hopefully do the best job for the team."

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