Famous away win in Florida heat for TFC

Brampton natives Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman scored second-half goals and Toronto FC beat Orlando City 2-0 on Saturday.

Osorio gave Toronto the lead in the 65th minute, dribbling past Lamine Sané and cutting back to evade Oriol Rosell before curling home a right-footer into the side netting.

Chapman made it 2-0 in the 77th minute, bringing down Alejandro Pozuelo’s pass with an outstretched leg and finishing between goalkeeper Brian Rowe’s legs from a narrow-angle.

Quentin Westberg had two saves for his first MLS shutout.

Rowe had seven saves for Orlando for an MLS-leading 37 this season.

“That’s up there, for sure,” said Osorio, when he was asked about his strike in the 65th minute, and how it ranks among his all-time goals.

The finish was a thing of beauty. But so was the timing of it. It broke the game wide open. Prior to that, the match was either team’s for the taking. But, it was Osorio and Reds who rose to the occasion with a 2-0 victory against Orlando City on a sweltering afternoon in Florida.

Meanwhile, it was a great day for the Brampton contingent of the squad as Jay Chapman, who was substituted into the game after the hour mark, in the place of Nick DeLeon. He gave TFC a second goal in the 77th minute from a near impossible angle. The shot in the box off a pass from Alejandro Pozuelo that was deflected in the net by Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe. The goalkeeper made some huge saves in the match, as did TFC stopper Quentin Westberg.

Westberg made a brilliant save from a Dom Dwyer header in the final minutes to secure the clean sheet. Furthermore, this was his first win in goal for TFC. The victory improved TFC’s record to 5-2-1.

However, the Reds struggled in the first half. They appeared about as disconnected as they did in their recent 2-1 loss to Portland last Saturday at BMO Field. But it was a completely different story in the second period. As the visitors from Canada took control in the heat and humidity.

“This was more than a great response. I can’t explain in words what this means to us,” said Osorio. “To not only win the game but to give the performance in these conditions was really good.”

Eleven minutes after scoring his goal. Osoio went down and exited the game. He appeared completely spent from his afternoon of work.

“I think the heat got the best of me,” he said. “Just drained a little bit, dizzy, exhaustion. At that point I had given everything and I think it was better for someone else to come in with more energy to help close it out.”

“The guys gave a huge effort in pretty tough conditions,” said TFC coach Greg Vanney. “I’m pleased we cleaned up some of the stuff from last week to this week. We took care of the ball better. They’re a good team with weapons that can really hurt you, but because we were able to keep them chasing around a little bit more, we kept a lot of those guys pretty quiet.

“Defensively everybody just realized what the temperature was (game time 33 C and hotter with the humidity) and how it was impacting us and to really choose our moments — when to try to stretch ourselves out and when to get together and defend a touch deeper. This is their home territory but I think they got tired chasing the ball around.”

Peace,

Burke.

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