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Toronto FC (2) - Orlando City SC (0) Post Game Summary

May 4, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release


TFC - Jonathan Osorio 65' (Michael Bradley)

TFC - Jay Chapman 77' (Alejandro Pozuelo)




Toronto FC 5-2-1 16 points

Orlando City SC 3-4-3 12 points


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Auro Jr, Laurent Ciman, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Nick DeLeon (Jay Chapman 60'), Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio (Eriq Zavaleta 76'); Alejandro Pozuelo; Jordan Hamilton (Ayo Akinola 64')

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Ashtone Morgan, Richie Laryea, Liam Fraser

ORLANDO CITY - Brian Rowe; Ruan, Ludovic Lamine Sané, Robin Jansson, João Moutinho; Jhegson Sebastián Méndez, Oriol Rosell (Chris Mueller 71'), Will Johnson (Sacha Kljestan 58'); Tesho Akindele (Josué Colmán 78'), Dom Dwyer, Nani (C)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Ranjitsingh, Kamal Miller, Kyle Smith, Cristian Higuita


With today's goal, Jonathan Osorio has a goal or an assist in six of TFC's eight league matches

Quentin Westberg earned both his first career win and clean sheet in MLS


On today's performance...

"Yeah, I am happy. You can't come to Orlando in this temperature, in the difference in temperature between, obviously, Toronto and here, and the humidity and be disconnected or you're going to be in big trouble. I am pleased that we cleaned up some of the stuff from last week to this week, we took care of the ball a little better, they're a good team with weapons that can really hurt you and because were able to keep them chasing around a little more then we kept a lot of those guys pretty quiet for the night. Q still had to come with a couple of good saves, handled some balls and crosses, but I'm pleased. Brian Rowe had to come up with a few specials saves to keep the score what it was. Pleased with our guys, I thought they gave a huge effort in pretty tough conditions from the difference in what we trained in yesterday to what we played in today is pretty significant so I'm really, really proud of the guys."

On adjustments in the second half

"I felt in the first half that we were a little unbalanced in the shape that we were using in the attack or the positions we were taking up, so I just wanted to try to balance us out a little bit. We did a nice job of doing that and fulfilling that and I felt like once we would do that, they would have a really hard time and we would be able to be more dangerous. So, that was the biggest thing and defensively, again, I think everybody just realized what the temperature was and how it was impacting us and to really choose our moments when to try stretch ourselves out and when to just get together and defend maybe just a touch deeper. Good choices, but it all starts when you're good with the ball, when you're good with possession and you don't have to defend as much. I think overtime, I think this is their home territory but I also think they got tired chasing the ball around a little bit and it kept them, again like I said, some of their most dangerous players a little bit at bay."


On scoring...

"Yeah, you know, I was just trying to get on and put the game away. Obviously, I also scored a great goal and I was able to get on the end of a great ball from Pozuelo. It was a really big performance from him and the whole team, it was a huge result."

On the importance of the win

"Yeah, I mean its huge, obviously we go right to Atlanta for another really tough game. It's a tough away stretch, so to come out here and as you said, a tough place like Orlando, first off get shut out, which is something we've been really trying to do this year. It was massive for our confidence and to kind of bounce back from a performance none of us were happy with last week. It's a really big result, just going forward from this away trip and kind of getting us a benchmark on how to perform for the rest of the year."


On first win and first clean sheet

"It's not really about me or anything, it's about the, you know, team, I'm really happy we did get a win because obviously at halftime even a 0-0 would've satisfied us a lot. It was a very tough game and then we were able to make the most of it and get in the second half and actually doing really good, and creating a lot of chances so yeah, it's really positive all around. A great feeling and the feeling that you really worked hard for this win, and ultimately, that you went out to get it."

On mindset

"Yeah, I'm happy I did. I had to make them but it's my job also, it's not just strictly to save for a keeper, it's more all around, you know, coming off the crosses, dealing with all the ball passes back. It's just a great performance all around, I felt really comfortable on the field. The communication could have been slightly better, but I think all in all and all, it's a very, very good second half after a very difficult first half but we were able to keep it 0 and that's among the very positive things tonight."

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