Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday MLS: New England and Orlando improve playoff chances

Toronto FC 1-3 New England Revolution
Toronto looked pretty good at the open of this one. They put some pressure on the Revs' back line and created a few almost chances. That all went for naught add Teal Bunberry got a chance for a low cross on a counter attack in the fourth minute. Damien Perquis got in the way of the pass only to, every so eloquently, fire it into his own goal. Diego Fagundez made it 2-0 in the 39th to dig Toronto's hole even deeper at halftime.

This really was a dominating first half gone wrong for Toronto. They had ten shots and two thirds of the possession, but it was New England with the pair of goals on as many attempts.

Robbie Findley put Toronto on the board ten minutes into the second half, which was a positive sign. But in the 71st minute, Kelyn Rowe converted for New England as Toronto was unable to clear its penalty area to erase any sense of Toronto hope.

For all the talent Toronto has up front, if they can't keep other playoff clubs of the scoreboard, their first postseason appearance is going to be a very short one. They're possession style is very effective in the attacking end, but I huge component to being successful in the style is being able to defend counter attacks. Toronto, as this game proved, is not very good in that regard.

Orlando City 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
Orlando City got off to quite the hot start here. Adrian Winter had them ahead in the fourth minute and that was only the beginning of a strong opening onslaught for the Lions. They only scored once in that first half, but it was clear that Orlando had all the momentum going forward.

Krisztian Nemeth changed that slightly for Kansas City when he put them even in the 59th minute, but they're joy didn't last long. Orlando snatched the lead right back in the 66th courtesy of Brian Rochez and his first of the year. Winter added his second of the night in the 72nd minute to put it away.

Orlando will take the boost to their playoff chances, but they are still behind Montreal on the games won tiebreaker. Kansas City remains level with Portland for the final two spots out West.

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