Tomas Karageorgos | Report
Toronto FC battled back to win 4-3 after being 3-1 down on Friday night against Minnesota United.
Head coach Greg Vanney made two changes as Alex Bono moved back into his starting role between the sticks, and Richie Laryea played right back as the defence switched to a back four.
Minnesota opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Darwin Quintero pounced on a mistake from Bono. Ján Greguš sent a ball towards Quintero who was being marked by Laryea, Bono came off his line and Quintero made no mistake as he headed the ball down to control it then shot it into the empty net.
TFC tied the game at 1-1 in the 27th minute when Chris Mavinga cleared the ball after a Minnesota corner, which ended up at Alejandro Pozuelo’s feet who created a moment of magic as he went from inside his own half to the edge of Minnesota’s box before curling in a magnificent shot to beat keeper Vito Mannone.
Less than two minutes later, Pozuelo scored his second of the game in the 30th minute. Justin Morrow played a pass to Pozuelo who took a couple touches before shooting it high into the net with his left foot. Those two goals was the fastest brace recorded in Toronto FC history.
Minnesota made it 2-2 in the 57th minute when Ángelo Rodriguez headed home a Romain Métanire cross.
Rodriguez won a penalty for the Loons in the 69th minute when he was fouled in the box by Chris Mavinga. Quintero sent Bono the wrong way and gave the visitors the lead.
Substitute Jordan Hamilton tied it at 3-3 in the 77th minute as he finished with his weaker right foot after receiving a through ball from Jonathan Osorio.
Hamilton added another goal in the 78th minute to give his team the 4-3 lead and what would be the game-winning goal. Pozuelo sent a chipped pass to Jozy Altidore who sent it over Mannone, Hamilton beat the Minnesota defender to the ball and headed it in.
The action was not done there as two Minnesota players were sent off just minutes apart from each other. Greguš committed a hard scissor tackle on Pozuelo and was given a straight red in the 89th minute. Minnesota captain Francisco Calvo was given two yellow cards in injury time which sent him off as well. Those two players will be suspended for their team’s next game.
Meanwhile, Toronto FC will host the Portland Timbers on Saturday. The Timbers picked up their first victory of the season this past weekend, and are desperate for more points.
Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. at BMO Field.
Featured image from David Chant.