TFC defeat Rapids in Fraser’s return

Tomas Karageorgos | Report

Toronto FC defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-2 on Sunday, snapping their winning streak under former Reds assistant coach Robin Fraser.

Fraser joined Greg Vanney’s coaching staff in 2015 and left in late August to become the head coach of the Colorado Rapids, an organization where he played during his career.

Fraser and his team came to Toronto on a three-game win streak and were looking to make it four.

Tsubasa Endoh started the game in place of Erickson Gallardo and made the most of the opportunity as he opened the scoring in the 8th minute.

Richie Laryea ran into the box before cutting the ball back to Endoh who shot the ball off the crossbar and in.

Toronto made it 2-0 in the 13th minute through Alejandro Pozuelo from a penalty. Jozy Altidore won the penalty by being pulled down in the box by Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar.

Pozuelo opened his scoring account with the club with a panenka penalty against NYCFC in late March, and decided to use the same technique to beat former Reds goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Colorado made it 2-1 in the 31st minute when defender Keegan Rosenberry took advantage of a failed Toronto clearance.

The Rapids had a chance to tie the game just minutes later when Sam Nicholson was brought down in the box by TFC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. Westberg redeemed himself by saving Kei Kamara’s penalty.

Sam Nicholson tied the game at 2-2 in the 62nd minute when his cross into the box evaded both Rapids attackers and Reds defenders.

In the 70th minutes two substitutes Jonathan Osorio and Gallardo combined to create the game-winning goal. Gallardo played a dangerous low cross into the box and Osorio put it past Irwin.

Toronto FC’s next league game is on Saturday night in California against league-leaders LAFC.

Kick-off is set for 10:30 p.m.

Featured image from John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports.

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