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Reds Even Worse with Nine

  • Scott Tann
  • Sun Sep 6 2009, 11:46am GMT

In a mid-table clash for a playoff spot, Toronto FC hardly distinguished themselves in last night's 1-0 loss to Colorado. The Reds looked unimaginative and disorganized - and to make matters worse, they ended the night with nine men.

The hosts applied pressure for most of the match, but poor finishing and an overall lack of execution inside the 18 kept the scoreline at a flaccid 1-0.

The Rapids failed to convert two good chances in the opening minutes of the match, and forward Conor Casey - recovering from wisdom teeth surgery - blasted a first half penalty kick off the crossbar.

In minute 52, however, Casey redeemed himself and pulled away from the competition for the MLS Golden Boot as he converted a Jacob Petersen cross with a devastating snap header. It was his twelfth strike of the season.

Throughout the match, TFC chased the ball, struggled to find a rhythm, and let careless giveaways and fouls hinder their chances to get back into a game that Colorado could not seem to put out of reach.

Toronto midfielder Amadou Sanyang received his second yellow in minute 76, while defender Adrian Serioux was awarded a straight red in the 84th. For the next ten minutes of play, including stoppage time, the Reds simply tried to minimize the damage. Their day was done.

While Colorado took all three points, they should not be pleased with their performance. It's September, and regardless of injuries and suspension - which had admittedly altered the Rapids' lineup - every side fighting for a playoff spot needs to take better advantage of their opportunities.

A 1-0 home victory over a poorly performing team reduced to nine men is not a sign that Colorado will be a threat in the postseason. TFC will be looking for redemption next week as they host Colorado in a rematch.

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