Saturday, March 09, 2013

#Toronto FC Home Opener 2013

The big red @TorontoFC comes home with a Saturday, March 9, 2013 game at #Toronto Rogers Centre with a match against Sporting Kansas City starting at 1:30pm. Fireworks go off in the covered stadium during the opening ceremonies and the Toronto team took the Sporting team 2 to 1. Both of Toronto's goals were by Forward Robert Earnshaw which took place in the first half. Kansas City brought Forward C.J. Sapong to start the second half and the pressure on the home team paid off when Sapong's pass went from Nielsen to Claudio Bieler who scored in the 77th minute.

"Earnshaw capitalized on an errant back pass by MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler to score after three minutes and the Welshman buried a penalty kick to give Toronto an early 2-0 lead. Although Sporting KC designated player Claudio Bieler pulled one back late, Toronto sealed their first win in 15 league matches dating back to the 2012 season and the first in Ryan Nelsen's tenure.The result handed Sporting KC their first loss in 13 regular season matches, also dating back to 2012, and left them one match short of tying their all-time club record of 14 straight undefeated."
Fans and players celebrate the first of two goals by Toronto while a white streamer flies over the field
Superfans wave flags and hang banners
Painted faces and red & white wigs
Looking down on the fan zone

I will be at the game courtesy of Second Harvest. See more photos after the jump.

The rally heads across and along Front Street before heading to the bridge over the railway tracks

Practice and warmups
Popcorn and candy salesperson

Scoring Summary

TFC – Robert Earnshaw 3’
TFC – Robert Earnshaw 21’ (Penalty)
SKC – Claudio Bieler 77’

Misconduct Summary

SKC – Paulo Nagamura 24’ (caution)
SKC – Aurelien Collin 39’ (caution)
SKC – Seth Sinovic 75’ (caution)
TFC – Danny Califf 77’ (caution)
SKC – Benny Feilhaber 78’ (caution)
TFC – Richard Eckersley 86’ (caution)
TFC – Darren O’Dea 95’ (caution)


Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; Richard Eckersley, Danny Califf, Darren O’Dea ©, Ashtone Morgan; John Bostock (Darel Russell 85’), Jeremy Hall, Terry Dunfield (Jonathan Osorio 82’), Reggie Lambe; Hogan Ephraim (Kyle Bekker 87’), Robert Earnshaw

Sporting KC – Jimmy Nielsen ©; Seth Sinovic, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Chance Myers; Paulo Nagamura, Oriol Rosell, Benny Feilhaber (Soony Saad 82’), Bobby Convey (C.J. Sapong 46’), Graham Zusi; Claudio Bieler

An attack presses close to Toronto's net

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