Pozuelo the difference again, as Toronto FC win 4-3
In one of the wildest matches at the BMO Field that the home fans have seen for a while, Toronto FC stunned Minnesota United 4-3. But that only tells half the story as the Reds came from behind twice before going on to win the fixture.
Darwin Quintero opened the scoring just after the 20-minute mark. This after Alex Bono badly misevaluated a long ball. However, Alejandro Pozuelo soon took over.
He retrieved on a long Chris Mavinga pass from just inside his own half and carried the ball all the way to the top of the opposition box. Before he sent the defender the completely wrong way with a clever bit of skill, before deliciously curling the ball into the right-hand corner of the net.
Just under two minutes later, and Pozuelo found the net once again. He pounced on a ball at the corner of the six-yard box, before flicking it into the net at the near post. It was another beautiful finish from the Spaniard to put Toronto FC ahead 2-1 just before halftime.
The drama was only beginning as the second period was even wilder. Minnesota added another two goals in quick succession to retake the lead. First, Angelo Rodriguez headed the ball in from the edge of the six-yard box to equalize. Quintero followed this up by scoring a penalty. After Chris Mavinga chopped the same played down aggressively in the 12-yard box.
Jordan Hamilton then put Toronto FC back ahead, just minutes after coming off the bench. Not long after that, he was back among the goals again. The magic Spaniard assisted the winner; once again.
After that, Minnesota really went to pieces. Frustrations took over, and Jan Gregus received a straight red card in the 89th minute for bringing down Pozuelo.
Seconds later, Loons captain Francisco Calvo took a second yellow and put his side down to nine men. It was a calamitous final ten minutes from Minnesota.
The two red cards only helped Toronto FC see the game out. With Minnesota’s frustrations continuing to bubble over as they looked more likely to pick up another red card than scoring the match tieing goal. It was the fourth victory of the season for Toronto FC, and things are looking positive.
Meanwhile, Jozy Altidore left the win over Minnesota United in the 82nd minute with hamstring tightness. Before he then sought out reporters to express his dissatisfaction with the management of the team.
“It’s bittersweet because this could have been avoided, but you’ll have to ask Bill Manning why it’s not avoided,” Altidore said of his exit. “It’s just disappointing. I’m just disappointed.
“Well, we had a trainer here the last three years that’s been helping me with muscle injuries. But because he was attached to Seba [Giovinco], he’s not allowed at the club. Which I think is ridiculous,” Altidore said. “And so now this is what I’m faced with — games of egos and that (kind of) thing. Hopefully [Manning] can put his ego aside, and I can get the guy that’s kept me healthy, kept Michael [Bradley] healthy. He kept a bunch of the guys healthy, and we can make things move forward.
“To run a club, you’ve got to be able to put your ego aside and put the players first, so hopefully that will change.”