FC Cincinnati 1-5 TFC

Playoff-chasing TFC handed bottom of the table FC Cincinnati a heavy 5-1 defeat at the Nippert Stadium on Saturday evening.

Much of the TFC attack came in the opening period. With a trio of first-half goals powering the Canadians’ into a brilliant position.

Patrick Mullins struck in the 10th-minute following Caleb Stanko losing possession for the hosts in the midfield. Just 11 minutes later, Nick DeLeon doubled the Reds’ lead with a first-time effort after Joseph-Claude Gyau failed to head clear a TFC corner.

The advantage was put to an unassailable one when the third came when Alejandro Pozuelo picked out a wide-open Marky Delgado. The 28-minute burst by TFC effectively took the game away from their lowly-ranked opponents.  

TFC added a further two more in the second half. The first came from Michael Bradley in the 58th and the final from Nicolas Benezet in the 85th minute.  However, Emmanuel Ledesma pulled back a consolation goal from the penalty in injury time. This would have no doubt infuriated Greg Vanney as the clean sheet would have been the cherry on the top of the cake.

The victory lifts Toronto into sixth in the Eastern Conference and increased their cushion over eighth-placed Montreal to four points in the race for the MLS Cup Playoffs. Meanwhile, FC Cincinnati slumped to their fourth straight defeat and increased their winless run to nine matches.

TFC are back in action on Thursday evening as they travel to New York to take on NYC FC.



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