7/12/2012 1:10:00 AM
Vancouver Whitecaps (Mattocks, 2) 2 - Toronto FC (Silva, Frings, Dunfield) 3
Darren Mattocks scored a brace for the Whitecaps, including a header in injury time before former Whitecap Terry Dunfield headed in his first this season deep in injury time to seal Toronto's 3rd victory in MLS this season.
The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their roadtrip in Toronto Wednesday against Toronto FC, who are still last in the MLS with only two wins so far this season, but a team Vancouver has had trouble against, losing the Canadian Championship to the reds on a 2-1 aggregate score earlier this season. Before the game word came out that midfielder Davide Chiumiento was transfered to Swiss League Club Zurich FC, one of the main reasons being so that Chiumiento could be closer to his family.
The Whitecaps would start out with their new 4-2-3-1 formation, which head coach Martin Rennie switched to once acquiring Barry Robson. Joe Cannon remains in goal, while Jordan Harvey joined MLS All Star Jay DeMerit, Martin Bonjour and Y.P. Lee in the back four. Alain Rochat moved up to defensive midfield with Gershon Koffie, while the three attacking midfielders included Robson in the center, with Sebastian Le Toux and Camilo on the flanks, with Darren Mattocks the lone striker up top. Eric Hassli was unavailable for this match due to yellow card accumulation.
On the bench included backup keeper Brad Knighton, defenders Carlyle Mitchell and Greg Klazura, midfielders Jun Marquez Davidson, Russell Teibert and Michael Nanchoff, and forward Etienne Barbara.
The Whitecaps had the lions share of possession for the first 10 minutes of the game but couldn't generate a shot on goal.
Toronto FC started to get into the game at around the 15 minute mark but the reds were just as wasteful as the Whitecaps with their chances on goal.
Toronto FC was forced to make their first substitution in the 27th minute, bringing in defender Doneil Henry for Jeremy Hall after hall came out with an injury.
In the 38th minute Luis Silva earned a yellow card for a foul on Jordan Harvey.
In the 40th minute Toronto FC had the best chances on goal, first off Ryan Johnson was sent in all alone by Luis Silva with Cannon coming out to challenge and saving that effort, right after that Julian De Guzman had a chance on goal from just outside the box which Cannon palmed away for a corner.
In injury time at the end of the first half Johnson again got behind Martin Bonjour and this time hit the post after beating Joe Cannon, still no score but Toronto givinh Vancouver all sorts of problems.
The score would be tied 0-0 at the half.
Early in the 2nd half the Whitecaps would take a 1-0 lead through Darren Mattocks. His first shot on goal was saved by the Toronto FC keeper Milos Kocic but the rebound squirted towards the byline where Mattocks was first onto it and from a tight angle slotted it home for his 5th goal of the season.
Toronto would respond with a substitution, Julian De Guzman coming off for the more attacking Eric Avila in the 58th minute.
In the 62nd minute Terry Dunfield got a yellow card for a shirt tug on Sebastian Le Toux after getting beat by the Whitecaps winger.
In the 65th minute both teams had players injured after a free kick in the box where a number of players for both teams went for the ball. Jay DeMerit, Alain Rochat, and Milos Kocic and Logan Emory all went to ground after challenging for the ball, but after a bit of treatment all players concerned would be all right.
A bit of controversy in the 69th minute as Toronto FC tied the game through Luis Silva, with a nice touch off a cross from Ashtone Morgan. However, the play developed as Y.P. Lee was down injured on the pitch, poor sportsmanship from Toronto.
Y.P. Lee was recieving treatment for his injury when Alain Rochat earned a yellow card. The resulting free kick from Toronto's Torsten Frings forced a top-drawer save from Joe Cannon, allowing Y.P. Lee back into the game before the corner kick. The play after the corner kick would eventually end up back on the foot of Frings, who's low, long range effort beat Cannon to give Toronto FC a 2-1 lead.
At some point in the 2nd half Michael Nanchoff snuck into the game for Camilo.
In the 85th minute Y.P. Lee was sent in all alone and managed to round the keeper but his shot hit the post, before both Darren Mattocks had Michael Nanchoff had their shots blocked before reaching the target.
Right on 90 minutes the Whitecaps would tie the game, Darren Mattocks leaping over Logan Emory and Milos Kocic to head a Jordan Harvey ball into the net for his 6th of the season, the game tied at 2 with 4 minutes of injury time to be played.
However, Terry Dunfield would put the dagger into the back of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the former Whitecaps player heads in the ball in the 94th minute to seal the deal for Toronto FC and give the reds a 3-2 victory. The Whitecaps again lose to the worst team in the world, and now go on to Chicago to face the Fire on Saturday.