Mar 9, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT
Ryan Nelsen, who won a bunch as a player in MLS, has his first victory as a coach in the league. His team did the “hang on” thing at the end, but no matter.
Toronto FC downed Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, on the Rogers Centre’s dreadful, old school artificial turf. Robert Earnshaw (pictured), the club’s new Welsh striker, put away both goals in his second consecutive impressive performance for the Reds, whose fans have reason to be encouraged.
The team played well last week, not necessarily stylishly, but with resolve in a tight season opening loss at Vancouver. Today, they had a 2-0 lead midway through the second half – and three points from the first two rounds are not bad at all for a club still in remake mode.
There are still plenty of cracks to patch up. TFC’s defensive coordination between midfield and the back wasn’t what it needed to be late.
And what was Danny Califf, veteran center back that he is, thinking in the second half as he continued to protest a yellow card handed him deep in SKC’s end? Califf was well out of position as the ball moved forward, and the goal that let Kansas City back into the game is 100 percent on him.
As for Kansas City … yuk. We’ll have more on that later.
Full match highlights are here:
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- Looking at the United States’ roster ahead of their Canada rematch 1
- A stadium for New York City FC – tougher than you think 8
- Claudio Reyna announced as New York City FC Director of Football 0
- Possible temporary homes for New York City FC 9
- Bigger impact on U.S. soccer growth: David Beckham or Pele? (35)
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (35)
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market (17)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (14)
- Landon Donovan and a Gold Cup squeeze? He deserves better (9)
- LeBron stuns Pacers with OT winner in Game 1
- Pens overwhelm Sens, take 3-1 series lead
- Tiger calls Sergio's comments inappropriate, hurtful
- Bears great Urlacher announces retirement
- HBT: Canseco suspect in Vegas sexual assault
- Posnanski on Golf: Sergio shows disdain for Tiger
- OlyTalk: Coach K will lead Team USA in Rio Games