TFC’s Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez to be game-time decisions vs. NYCFC
Injured Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore and centre back Omar Gonzalez will be game-time decisions for Wednesday’s MLS Eastern Conference semifinal against New York City FC. The post Liam Fraser bides his time with TFC but believes he is ready for more appeared first on Sportsnet.ca. Altidore (quad) and Gonzalez (hamstring) both sat out Toronto’s 5-1 extra-time playoff win over D.C. United on Saturday.
Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) reacts after a shot on goal during second half of MLS soccer action against the Columbus Crew SC, in Gonzalez and Altidore did not see action in Toronto 's playoff wins over D.C United and New York City FC although Gonzalez made the bench for
Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) celebrates a goal. (Frank Gunn/CP). Centre back Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) took part in training — "involved with everything," said coach Greg Vanney. Star striker Jozy Altidore (quad) is also making progress but seems to have a little farther to go.
TORONTO — The injury report was positive Saturday for Toronto FC ahead of Wednesday's MLS Eastern Conference final in Atlanta.
Centre back Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) took part in training — "involved with everything," said coach Greg Vanney.
"He feels great," Vanney added. "He did a lot of high-intensity change-of-direction movement. All the things that we need him to do to show he's ready to play. And he felt good. So he'll be in full training (Sunday) and we'll go from there
Star striker Jozy Altidore (quad) is also making progress but seems to have a little farther to go. He did not train Saturday in the wake of a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection Friday. The injection is designed to aid in the healing of muscle, ligament and tendon tears.
Pozuelo's late penalty lifts Toronto FC past New York City FC in MLS playoffs
NEW YORK — Alejandro Pozuelo converted a 90th-minute penalty to give Toronto FC a 2-1 win over New York City FC in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal Wednesday. Fullback Ronald Matarrita took Richie Laryea down in the 88th minute as the substitute slashed his way into the penalty box and Pozuelo slotted the spot kick down the middle with nonchalant ease in the 90th minute. It was Pozuelo's second goal of the game and his fourth goal against NYCFC this season. He went 2-of-3 from the penalty spot against the New Yorkers. Quentin Westberg made a diving save in stoppage time to preserve the win.
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TORONTO — Injured Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore and centre back Omar Gonzalez will be game-time decisions for Wednesday’s MLS Eastern "The guys are progressing ," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said Tuesday before the team left for New York. " Omar did everything we needed him to do.
Vanney said Altidore is slated to return to practice Sunday and still has to see how the leg responds to shooting and some other exertions.
"But we've got a few days to cross all that off the list so we're hopeful that he can be available. I don't know to what extent. We'll have to see what the next days look for but we're hoping he can be available to either start or come in."
Gonzalez and Altidore did not see action in Toronto's playoff wins over D.C United and New York City FC although Gonzalez made the bench for Wednesday's 2-1 win in New York.
Alejandro Pozuelo, who scored both goals in New York, has been pushed up front in Altidore's absence although the Spanish playmaker still has license to roam around the field. Veteran Belgian international Laurent Ciman has done a fine job filling in for Gonzalez.
Toronto FC's Altidore, Gonzalez making progress, could play vs. Atlanta
Toronto FC's Altidore, Gonzalez making progress, could play vs. AtlantaCoach Greg Vanney provided positive updates on injuries to dependable veterans Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez, saying both are expected back in training this weekend ahead of Wednesday's Eastern Conference final in Atlanta.
Top seeds Toronto FC advanced to MLS’s Eastern Conference final on away goals despite losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in a tempestuous home leg of their semi-fina.
Jozy Altidore says he ready to “get on the field and score” in Toronto FC ’s home opener against Alejandro Pozuelo has yet to arrive but Toronto FC should get Jozy Altidore back on the field for Even with this contract I’m already looking beyond that in terms of what I can do now to make it so I
Vanney said the rest of his roster made it out of New York without injury.
"We're confident in where we're at and what we have available to go and play," he said.
Toronto and defending champion Atlanta split their regular-season meetings but neither team had all their weapons available for the matches.
"Not too much to take away from those two games," said Vanney.
That's good news given Atlanta had 37 shot attempts in the two games with Toronto with 10 on target (compared to 23 and five for TFC).
Toronto lost 2-0 at Atlanta on May 8, part of a crowded sequence in the schedule that saw TFC play five times in 15 days. Vanney rotated his roster with only captain Michael Bradley and Pozuelo among the regulars starting the game.
TFC failed to put a shot on target, outshot 19-8 (5-0 in shots on target).
Toronto won 3-2 in a June 26 thriller at BMO Field. Pozuelo scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time after fullback Richie Laryea, driving towards goal, was fouled in the box. The same sequence repeated itself midweek in New York, with Pozuelo converting a stoppage-time spot kick after Laryea was cut down.
How Toronto FC can exploit Atlanta United in Eastern Conference final
Atlanta United welcomes Toronto FC to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday night, with the winner advancing to the 2019 MLS Cup Final. The post Grange believes Anunoby is just ‘scratching the surface’ of his talents appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.This promises to be an intriguing match, mainly because both sides have some titillating tactical questions entering this game.
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But this time Jozy Altidore proved to be his nemesis. Having produced one of the iconic saves in Major League Soccer history to deny Altidore during the They would barely trouble the Toronto goal again. Toronto ’s MLS coach of the year, Greg Vanney, can be obsessive to a fault in the way he thinks his
Atlanta got a stoppage-time penalty of its own only to see Pity Martinez fire it high.
The June game was played during the Gold Cup. Only five Toronto regulars — goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, Justin Morrow, Marky Delgado, Tsubasa Endoh and Pozuelo — started.
Fourth-seeded Toronto is undefeated in its last 12 league games (6-0-6) and has not lost since Aug. 2 when it was beaten 2-0 at the New York Red Bulls.
Second-seeded Atlanta is unbeaten in its last four league outings (3-0-1), including playoff wins over No. 7 New England and No. 3 Philadelphia. It has lost just once in its last seven league matches (5-1-1) and finished eight points ahead of Toronto in the regular season.
Los Angeles FC hosts the Seattle Sounders in the Western final Tuesday.
The playoff final four features the last three MLS Cup winners (Seattle in 2016, Toronto in '17 and Atlanta in '18) plus this season Supporters' Shield winner LAFC.
Expect a large, loud crowd Wednesday. Atlanta led the league this season in attendance at 52,510. Toronto was fifth at 25,048.
TFC is 0-1-2 all-time on the artificial turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where Atlanta is 34-7-10 during the regular season in its three MLS campaigns.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2019.
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Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup final .
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