Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Rues Missed Opportunities in Tie with New York City FC

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Rues Missed Opportunities in Tie with New York City FC

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Toronto FC not satisfied with NYCFC tie


TORONTO - Better but not good enough. That was the overall Toronto FC verdict on its 1-1 tie with New York City FC on Wednesday night.

Better than Saturday's sloppy 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. But not good enough to secure three points against a road-weary NYCFC team that elected to start stars David Villa and Andrea Pirlo on the bench.

Toronto (4-4-3) outshot New York 11-7 (7-3 in shots on target) and had nine -- mostly ineffectual -- corners to one for NYCFC, which can thank goalkeeper Josh Saunders for preserving the tie.

"We felt we lost two points here," said Toronto defender Josh Williams.

New York (4-3-5), which extended its unbeaten streak to a club-record five games, improved its career record against Toronto to 3-0-2.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira, whose team had played Sunday night in Portland, was satisfied with the outcome.

"We didn't concede so much. We didn't create much as well so I think the draw is a fair point for both teams," he said.

Toronto coach Greg Vanney had a different view.

"I can understand why he's happy. They had 1 1/2 chances or maybe two chances the entire game where they were really threatening our goal," said Vanney.

"Disappointed that we didn't get three (points) but you've got to make plays at the end of the day to get three points," he added.

After a slow start, Toronto got stronger as the game wore on before a BMO Field sellout of 30,262.

Will Johnson's 42nd-minute goal late in the first half secured the point for Toronto FC after Kwadwo Poku scored a beauty in the 16th minute. The Ghanaian midfielder chased down a header from Patrick Mullins and curled a beautiful shot past Clint Irwin into the far corner for his first of the season.

Mo Babouli, a 23-year-old homegrown player in for the injured Jozy Altidore, began to make his presence felt as the first half wore on. He set up Toronto's tying goal in the 42nd minute when his cross found Williams alone at the post as the New York defence was caught ball-watching. A lunging Williams poked the ball past Saunders, allowing Johnson a simple tap-in.

Johnson's goal -- his second of the season and 27th of his career -- came in his 200th MLS game. …

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