No remarkable turnaround for Toronto FC, as they draw 1-1 to Independiente de la Chorrera
After falling to a 4-0 defeat in Panama against Independiente de la Chorrera, it seemed almost impossible for Toronto FC to make it through to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The impossibility became reality on Tuesday night. Despite scoring an early goal to lead 1-0. TFC still needed three more goals and a clean sheet to even tie the match. One goal from Jordan Hamilton, scored in the 19th minute, wouldn’t be enough.
However, that clean sheet never happened. The defense couldn’t keep tabs on Omar Browne. Who slipped in-between center backs Laurent Ciman and Chris Mavinga. Meanwhile, it was easy for Browne after going one-on-one with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono.
Browne tapped his shot into the back of Toronto’s net. Therefore ending all hope of Toronto progressing. The away goal meant the aggregate score stood at 1-6. With Toronto needing to score at least five goals.
Meanwhile, Browne’s goal occurred in the 67th minute.
There just wasn’t enough time for Greg Vanney’s men to muster up anymore plays — and the frustration grew visible. Michael Bradley, Toronto FC captain, was given a yellow card for dissent after protesting Browne’s goal.
Meanwhile, Toronto’s loss drops a significant drop-off for the Canadian club. With just a couple days until the start of the MLS regular-season, Toronto got beat and burnt by the Panama club.
This match was screaming for a big-time striker to come in and be the hero for Toronto FC. It was never going to be Hamilton or Boyd, and that’ll likely be the case for most of the regular-season for Toronto FC. Meanwhile, Jozy Altidore is still injured and recovering. The longing for Sebastian Giovinco is going to last quite a while for Toronto FC.
To make matters worse, Toronto was in the CONCACAF Champions League final last year. From the finals all the way to an immediate knockout in the Round of 16? It’s not a good look for Toronto FC.
Now, Independiente de la Chorrera will await the victor of the Sporting Kansas City and Deportivo Toluca F.C. tilt. That match is slated for Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, for Toronto, it’s back to the drawing board. The club opens up its regular season against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium. Kick-off is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
In other news, it has emerged that Ricardo Quaresma is not a target for Toronto FC despite various reports linking the Portuguese player with the move.
The 35-year-old Besiktas attacker was reported to be on the Reds’ wish list, but that is not the case according to the source. Quaresma’s salary demands would appear to preclude him from landing with Toronto. Another source stated that the Portugal international wanted a salary of $3 million after taxes, which would put his pre-tax salary at around $4.8m.
Such a number is not only well above the Designated Player (DP) threshold of $530,000 but is also above the $1.5m maximum in which a player’s salary can be bought down through the use of Targeted Allocation Money.