Toronto FC vs San Jose Earthquakes

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Result and details of the Saturday September 9, 2017 MLS game between Toronto FC and San Jose Earthquakes played at BMO Field in Toronto at 5:00pm.

24 min…TFC Victor Vazquez GOAL…TFC Steven Beitashour chips 35 yard cross from right that’s over leaping goalie Andrew Tarbell at 7 yards and Vazquez behind him chests ball down and shoots 7 yarder into open net.

47 min…Jozy Altidore GOAL…TFC Victor Vazquez at 35 yard line on left rolls ball forward to Altidore who was running forward and across box from right to get away from defender Florian Jungwirth. Altidore gets pass at 12 yards and one-touch rolls it from left into right corner of net.

63 min…Jozy Altidore GOAL…TFC Victor Vazquez has cross from 12 yards on right blocked by sliding defender. The ball deflects out to Steven Beitashour on the far right at 15 yards and he crosses into box. The ball is over the head of leaping SJE Kofi Sarkodie in middle of box and Altidore waiting while in line with left post heads ball downward and it bounces at one yard over sliding goalie into right side of net.

66 min…Jonathan Osorio GOAL…Osorio on center line rolls pass across to TFC Chris Mavinga at SJE 45 yard line on left who rolls short pass across to streaking Osorio at 40 yard line on left and he runs forward and cutting to middle to elude SJE Victor Bernardez and rolls 23 yard shot into right corner of net beyond diving goalie.

71 min…SJE RED card…Darwin Ceren is first shown a Yellow card for knocking over TFC Marky Delgado with a body check at center line. Referee Jose Carlos Rivero then must receive a call from the VAR as he signals for a video review. The result when the replay showed he also stepped on his ankle is he turns it into a Red card.

Final Score:….Toronto FC….4…San Jose Earthquake….0…

Attendance was announced as another sellout of 29050. They announced that this was the sixth straight one. It was Canadian Armed Forces day with what they announced as 300 personnel and their families there because of donations of fans and the club. It looked like about 50 of them carried in a huge Canadian flag unfurled during the singing of ‘O Canada’. Timed just right was a flyover of a CF-18.

Referee Jose Carlos Rivero gave out two Yellow cards and the straight Red (originally a Yellow). The video assistant referee system has only been in place in the MLS for less than a month but TFC fans must now love it as the first time it has been called upon, TFC ended up with a man advantage and it only took about two minutes added to the initial confusion of the incident. Four minutes was added to the second half and not all because of the VAR request. Previous to last month, Ceren would have been suspended sometime in the middle of the week but it wouldn’t help TFC as he’d be on to the next town and it would only help the next SJE opponent.

I’m not sure who won the opening coin flip but SJE defended the south end to start and the goalie looked he lost the ball in the sun waving blindly on the first goal with Vazquez behind him waiting to tap into the empty net.

TFC shut this game down at the start of the second half with that second goal. This year there hasn’t been a team that can fight back for a result with a two goal deficit. TFC remain unbeaten at home.

Once again there were no Canadian starters on TFC but eventually Jonathan Osorio came on—the start of the second half to replace Sebastian Giovinco. The game was still in doubt at that point but it turned out later replacing Giovinco was taken as a precaution. Tosaint Ricketts came into the game just two minutes before Osorio’s goal at 64 minutes but by then the result wasn’t in doubt.

Canadians winning their game here last week against Jamaica while the USA lost to Costa Rica in New Jersey doesn’t mean anything to the way Toronto FC assembles their team. Canadian men’s team sub Jay Chapman wasn’t even on the bench but started in the USL Toronto FC II game an hour after this game ended.

The acrid red smoke let off in the south end stands after the third goal partially obscured our view of the Osorio goal as it was still drifting northwards.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was named as Jozy Altidore which was an easy choice as he scored two goals. His second goal was his last action of the game as Tosaint Ricketts was going to take his place at 64 minutes.

Victor Vazquez increases his league leading number of assists to 15 with his effort today.

We didn’t know at the end of the game but because of the result of the New England vs Montreal game, TFC became the first team in MLS to clinch a playoff spot. This goal hasn’t been in doubt for a few months and they are looking ahead to try to win the Supporter’s Shield for finishing first in the league. That will mean they can avoid the one game play-in round.

Toronto’s record improves to 17 wins, 3 losses, 8 ties for 59 points. Later results in the night kept their lead in first place in the Eastern Confernceance at 9 points as New York City lost to fall further behind.

San Jose’s record falls to 10 wins, 12 losses, 6 ties for 36 points. That keeps them in seventh place in the West.

Next week TFC flies out to Los Angeles to play the Galaxy on Saturday night.

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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