Toronto FC opened up their 2017 MLS season at Rio Tinto Stadium in front of 19, 519 at Sandy, Utah with a scoreless result against Real Salt Lake. Allen Chapman was the appointed referee.
Greg Vanney called a familiar starting eleven for Toronto FC.
In the first 20 minutes of the match, TFC came close on a few occasions in minutes 8 and 13. In the 16th minute, Giovinco finds Jozy Altidore and is just inches away from scoring. Shortly after in the 29th minute, TFC are awarded a penalty as Nick Rimando reaches out and fouls Giovinco in the keeper’s area. Giovinco attempts the penalty and is stopped by MLS veteran goal keeper Nick Rimando. This is Giovinco’s first ever unsuccessful penalty kick upon arriving in the MLS. At half, both teams remained scoreless with Toronto FC creating most of the chances throughout the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, TFC goal keeper Clint Irwin is tested early in the 47th minute with a great save. Toronto FC makes their first substitution of the match as Osorio is taken off in the 60th minute and replaced by Vazquez who was making his first ever TFC debut. Former TFC forward Joao Plata came close to scoring in the 78th minute. Greg Vanney would make his final substitution in the 80th minute taking off Armando Cooper for Marky Delgado. Vazquez makes his presence known in the 82nd minute as he sets up a long ball to Giovinco which clips Rimando. Allen Chapman adds 5 minutes of stoppage time. A few opportunities were created from Giovinco and Altidore, but for the first time in history, TFC close out a scoreless draw on their first game of the season.
At the end of the game, TFC Captain Michael Bradley was pleased with his team’s performance, as they did not give up any goals. TFC will travel to Philadelphia to face The Union on Saturday March 11 at 4:30pm Eastern.