On a torrid summer day against one of the top teams in Major League Soccer, Toronto FC showed off its ruthless side.
Sebastian Giovinco scored two spectacular goals and Jozy Altidore and Raheem Edwards struck late as Toronto FC blanked New York City FC 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, increasing its lead atop the league to five points.
In the past, TFC has seized a lead and then missed chances to extend it — at times struggling to hang on to the three points at stake. On Sunday, it went ahead and then piled on.
“I think we could have won by even more today,” said defender Drew Moor, who became the 10th outfield player in MLS history to play 350 regular-season games. “We put them away extremely well but we’re not satisfied.”
“We’re not satisfied with anything yet. We’ve got to keep pushing,” echoed captain Michael Bradley, who led all players with 93 touches on the day.
Still room for improvement
“There’s still big room for improvement,” he added. “When we’re at our best, when we compete at our hardest, when we’re focused on 90 minutes at a time and nothing more, we feel like there isn’t a team in the league that we can’t beat — whether it’s home or away.”
It was 1-0 at the half. But as the game wore, Toronto (12-3-7) turned the screw on NYCFC (11-7-4) in a performance that will send shivers down the spine of rivals.
For Toronto coach Greg Vanney, slamming the door on NYCFC was a welcome sign that his team is buying into an oft-discussed message.
“Really it’s about a mentality … not settling when you’re up but actually pushing to try to finish a team off,” he said.
It came as a cost as Toronto’s Oyvind Alseth limped off in the 12th minute with a lacerated foot. Fellow wingback Justin Morrow had to leave in the 64th minute with cramps on a hot 29 Celsius afternoon before a loud sellout crowd of 29,203.
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