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Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3) - Toronto FC (2) Post Match Summary

September 6, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release


VAN - Lucas Cavallini 17' (Ali Adnan, Michael Baldisimo)

TFC - Jonathan Osorio 25' (Alejandro Pozuelo, Auro)

VAN - Michael Baldisimo 57'

TFC - Alejandro Pozuelo 71' (Pablo Piatti)

VAN - Jake Nerwinski 76' (Andy Rose, Ali Adnan)


VAN - Ali Adnan 44' (caution)

TFC - Laurent Ciman 76' (caution)

VAN - Lucas Cavallini 78' (caution)

VAN - Michael Baldisimo 82' (caution)

TFC - Auro 86' (caution)

VAN - Ryan Raposo 90'+7 (caution)


TORONTO FC: 5-2-3 18 PTS.



TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Auro, Omar Gonzalez, Laurent Ciman (Chris Mavinga 81'), Justin Morrow (Tsubasa Endoh 81'); Jonathan Osorio (C), Liam Fraser (Jozy Altidore 63'), Marky Delgado; Pablo Piatti, Alejandro Pozuelo, Ayo Akinola (Nick DeLeon 70')

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Eriq Zavaleta, Griffin Dorsey, Jacob Shaffelburg, Erickson Gallardo

VANCOUVER - Thomas Hasal; Derek Cornelius, Andy Rose, Erik Godoy (Jake Nerwinski HT'), Ali Adnan; Leonard Owusu, Russell Teibert (C), Michael Baldisimo (Ranko Veselinovic 90'); David Milinkovic (Ryan Raposo 70'), Lucas Cavallini (Cristian Dajome 90'), Theo Bair (Tosaint Ricketts 74')

Substitutes Not Used: Issac Boehmer, Christian Gutierrez, Patrick Metcalfe, Fredy Montero


How would you assess tonight's performance?

"I'd say generally from 18 to 18, great. I thought in general we were able to possess and play through them and get into dangerous areas, pin them back pretty well, create a lot of dangerous moments that don't turn into a dangerous enough chances or make their keeper make saves or turn them into real chances or goals. But I think in terms of our possession, our ability to get into the final third, I think it's good. But you know games aren't won between the 18's. Games are won in the 18-yard boxes. So, we've got to, on the attacking side, we've got to turn some of this good play into more goals. Having said that, giving up three goals is very difficult to win a game. Very difficult to draw a game. And I think that they had maybe four shots of which we gave up three goals, two of them off of set pieces, or second phase stuff, which is a bit infuriating. They weren't really able to get much going other than the set pieces that we don't deal with. The first goal we lose a guy running off the backside. So, my disappointment 100 percent is on the goals that we give up. We've gotta be better than that. On the attacking side when you score two goals you should get something out of the game, at least a point. But I still think we have the opportunity to be more lethal in the final action to put more balls away, and to get what ultimately, we should get with all the attacking play we had.

Is it wrong to say you guys are in any kind of slump with the way you're dominating games?

"No, I think again, I think I said the same thing to the guys that I'm saying to you. I don't think our performances are bad, but results are based off execution. So, in both games I thought our performances were good. We were, again, in dangerous areas were positions to create goal scoring chances and to score goals. Last game we gave up a goal that we shouldn't off a set piece, and this game we gave up two on set pieces. I think the first one was off the run, so I think our performances, our ability to create chances, all that is good. So, I'm not too concerned about that stuff. We've got to defend better on set pieces. One hundred percent that's got to be better. Everybody's got to be committed. Everybody's got to fulfill their responsibilities. We've got to want the ball more than them. If it goes over our head, we've got to pick up guys and make sure that the second phase, that we're getting to the ball, we're dealing with guys. It's been a little loose the last two games and against teams that don't create a lot against you, set pieces become such a vital part of the game."

What did you think of Pablo Piatti playing the full 90 minutes?

"He was creating the most danger for us on the night. He hit the post a couple of times. When we were in some sort of range to finish, he was the guy who was getting things off. His ability, at times tonight, to create problems for them, darting through space and he was still sharper than everybody else with his movements so we kept him out there Then the second part, we tried to get him over to the left as we were putting numbers in front of the goal, just to use his left foot to try to get some balls in front of the goal."

Does the team feel a bit snake-bitten?

"Yeah, I think there's a little bit of frustration. Tonight, I would put a heavier frustration on the goals that we're giving up."


When you dominate a game like that, does it make losing more frustrating?

"Yeah for sure it's frustrating. To dominate a game like that, where we create a lot of chance, to score on two, we probably should have scored on a few others. And to give up so little chances, and then to concede on those ones, it hurts. You know, as far as defensively, collectively it wasn't good enough on two set pieces. And then in the first half, where we start the game in total control, and them have one attack and score a goal. It's something we need to correct. When we go back to training, we'll talk about those things. We will correct them and now we look forward to a very big game on Wednesday."

What do you guys need to do differently to put more balls in the net?

"We are getting the chances. We are getting into spots. So, you just have to execute. You have to have a little bit more of that killer mentality in front of the net. The goalie also made some good saves, some lucky saves today. We scored two goals and two goals away from home, you know, sometimes that's enough to give you a win. I think we are creating chances and scored two today. I think maybe more of the emphasis has to be defensively. We can't let in three goals the way we did. And so, I think more we have to focus more on improving the defense of the set pieces and the transition."

How did it feel to be captain?

"It's an honour. I've been captain just a couple of times and like I said before it's always an honor to captain this club. You know it's not easy to captain this club with the shoes you have to fill with our guy that's not here. You know he's done a lot for a club. So for me when I wear that arm band it's an honour and I just tried to lead, to lead more by example."

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