Saturday, April 16, 2016

Quick goal followed by long grind - DC United 0 TFC 1

TFC whipped up an acceptable recipe for winning or getting points from road games today versus DC United. Score before their keeper has had time to ensure his gloves are on correctly (Giovinco now owns the TFC record for fastest goal in a game at 58 seconds) and then take care of business.
I would not submit the game as evidence of TFC 2016 at their peak, but progress is being made.

close-up of DC keeper at critical juncture...

Keeping in mind that TFC President Manning said before the season began that getting eight points from the season opening eight game road trip was his goal (and he repeated this target in the tv interview at halftime), it must help to hit eight points after six games. The games still to come prior to playing in Toronto are in Montreal and in Portland. Another point or two would be a bonus, but it's not expected.

I continue to admire the growth of the midfield pairing of Bradley and Johnson. This might have been the sort of game that they dream of, lead grabbed early and plenty of time to snap at heels and close off space. They took charge.
Marky Delgado was taken off for Jay Chapman in the second half. It was good to see Chapman get some playing time. I am not sure which of these two are going to grab a starting role. Or, shades of recent years when Luke Moore would get time on the wing, does Jozy Altidore get the right side of the midfield and a new striker is brought in?

Clint Irwin did not make any spectacular stops, but deserved the clean sheet.

Playing a home game in three weeks time feels a touch less like fiction with spring weather finally making a visit. Rumour is that season ticket packages are about to be delivered in the week ahead.

Keep cheering....

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