TORONTO FC (1) – VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (0) POST MATCH SUMMARY
TFC – Richie Laryea 15’ (Alejandro Pozuelo)
TFC – Liam Fraser 36’ (caution)
VAN – Andy Rose 55’ (caution)
TFC – Pablo Piatti 84’ (caution)
TFC – Alejandro Pozuelo 86’ (caution)
TORONTO FC: 4-0-3 15 PTS.
VANCOUVER: 2-5-0 6 PTS.
- Toronto FC extended its unbeaten streak to 17 consecutive regular season matches. The fifth-longest streak in MLS History (8 wins and 9 draws) – courtesy of Opta
TORONTO FC – Quentin Westberg; Auro Jr., Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Richie Laryea (Justin Morrow 67’); Jonathan Osorio (Nick De Leon 83’), Michael Bradley (C), Liam Fraser (Marky Delgado 57’), Pablo Piatti (Laurent Ciman 84’), Alejandro Pozuelo; Jozy Altidore (Patrick Mullins HT’)
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Eriq Zavaleta, Erickson Gallardo, Tsubasa Endoh
VANCOUVER – Thomas Hasal; Ranko Veselinovic (Theo Bair 88’), Derek Cornelius, Jake Nerwinski (Cristian Dajome 71’), Ali Adnan; Andy Rose, Leonard Owusu (Ryan Raposo 71’), Russell Teibert (C), Patrick Metcalfe; Lucas Cavallini, Tosaint Ricketts (David Milinkovic 78’)
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Christian Gutierrez, Jasser Khmiri, Michael Baldisimo, Georges Mukumbilwa
GREG VANNEY – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC
On the differences between Tuesday’s game vs tonight’s game….
The difference from Tuesday’s game is they sat off a lot more, they have five in the back line, it was our job to try and move those guys out of the back line and create some spaces to be able to attack. We did an ok job at times but times we were a little bit too impatient. It slowed the game down and then you have to be really patient to try and move people around. Still, it was a good performance, we stayed responsible, we did what we had to do, and it would have been nice to have finished one or two of the good chances we had.
On staying focused for a year and staying undefeated…
Our group is pretty mature, we ‘ve got some really young guys who have come through the academy and some veteran guys who have played a lot of games together. A lot of things click into natural gear quickly. Guys were motivated to play coming in from the stoppage and after getting to the final last year. There is a lot of motivation in our group to be successful this year.
On Altidore’s substitution at halftime, just a precaution….
It is a quick turnaround for Jozy, having played minimal minutes down in Florida and to have a turnaround in three days is not easy. We wanted to get him 45 minutes and to get the lead in the first 45 minutes. We wanted to start off where we left off from the last game. We’ll get him prepared for the next game.
RICHIE LARYEA – DEFENDER, TORONTO FC
How has TFC maintained consistency and kept a 17-game undefeated streak…
It comes down to us being a resilient group, this group fights to the end, this is a very big club in this league and guys want to compete for trophies every single year. We want to show why this club is where it is and why it has been for the last couple years. I think it is about us taking ownership on our own and making sure we are doing our own individual workouts.
On his goal…..
It was a good build up down the right side and I was pinching in to help with the transition and the ball was getting in the box and I didn’t have anyone near me so I was able to push forward a little bit more and I was able to get the ball in front of me and landed nicely for me and I was able to put it in the back post.
QUENTIN WESTBERG – GOALKEEPER, TORONTO FC
On how the team is playing in front of him in the last two games…
I think we have done well, and we have done well individually and collectively. We have been playing together for a while now and have established a good identity. I think it is a great collective effort. I think our playing values and our principles are very well established. We have a lot of the ball and create a lot of chances and are great defensively.
On playing at BMO without fans…
It is a shame to be here without fans as we know how special this place is with our fans. We try to respect our stadium and have a responsibility to perform well here, we have to perform well everywhere but it is very particular here to all of us. BMO is a strong part of TFC’s identity and is a very hard place to come with or without fans.
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