Some days football can be rudely unfair. Pushing the match their way, Toronto FC started with the kind of enthusiasm they showed earlier in the week against their Mexican opponent in CCL play, but came up empty handed on four early chances.
At 12 minutes, Mista took on two NY defenders before letting go a hard right footed shot the keeper was fortunate to push wide.
Only 3 minutes later a Dwayne De Rosario free kick was cleared out by the Red Bull defense only to fall to Nick La Brocca whose hard shot just missed going in.
At 28 minutes Mista was foiled again with a neat little left footed looping try over the keeper directly from a throw in and with his back to goal.
Finally just after the half hour mark O’Brien White should have converted when he charged straight in from 20 yards after being gifted a poor clearance. His low shot was blocked.
With the play and possession all going TFC’s way, it was Mexican international Rafa Marquez abruptly blasting a 30 yard half volley into the Toronto net that thew a wet blanket over the Toronto fire. As if a prelude of things to come, a doubtful free kick led to an own goal for the visitors second marker only minutes before the half.
It was all over by that point and not even a goal snuck neatly in on a tight angle half chance by DeRo after the interval was going to change anything. A penalty and red card to Nana Attakora made every bit as sure of that as coach Preki’s half time decision to sit Mista in favor of Peterson and leave a too slow and tired Nick Garcia in on the right side of a faltering back line.
Former TFC midfielder Carl Robinson appeared almost apologetic even before nodding in the fourth Red Bull marker. He was all alone and unmarked on the right post and had no choice but to embarrass his old team mates before those of the sell out crowd who remained in the stands.
It was Toronto’s second loss to New York in a week as the Red Bulls stretched their hold on second place over Toronto to eight points.
Those two losses book ended what many are calling the team’s best ever performance in Tuesday’s 2 – 1 victory over Cruz Azul.
There is no rest for the weary Reds. Toronto leaves tomorrow for Panama where they will face Arabe Unido in Champions Leage play on Tuesday.