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Pozuelo sparks Toronto FC past NYCFC in MLS debut

Toronto FC look like a motivated team in 2019. Friday evening’s 4-0 rout of NYCFC at BMO Field was just another example of that.

Greg Vanney’s side used goals from Jozy Altidore, Jay Chapman, and a pair from Alejandro Pozuelo to earn their third consecutive win of the season.

TFC put the foot on the gas early with Altidore breaking the deadlock in the 29th minute. Pozuelo assisted on the opener in his MLS debut, while Altidore netted in his second consecutive match.

NYCFC rattled the post after halftime with Ismael Tajouri-Shradi being the closest to equalize for the opponents. However that would be the best opportunity on the night for Dom Torrent’s side.

Pozuelo’s scored his first goal for the club in the 58th minute, finishing from the penalty spot with a panenka down the middle.

Pozuelo’s second goal would inflict further damage to NYCFC as he chipped Sean Johnson to the left side of the goal.

Chapman would ice the result in the 84th minute as he finished Auro’s assist for his first goal of the season. Alex Bono made three saves to earn the clean sheet for TFC.

With the win, TFC sits atop the Eastern Conference while NYCFC remain winless in ninth.

Man of the Match

Alejandro Pozuelo made a huge splash in his league debut for TFC. Two goals and an assist for the forward is a perfect way to start his life in Toronto.

Moment of the Match

Pozuelo’s panenka goal truly flipped the switch to a dominant second-half performance by TFC.

Match to Forget

As a unit, the NYCFC backline was horrid as they allowed Toronto FC to run the show from the opening whistle. The second-half got even worse for them in the loss.


  1. Wow….Just wow. Alejandro Pozuelo absolutely changed the dynamics of TFC. If Sebastian Giovinco was still on this team IT WOULDN’T EVEN BE FAIR TO THE LEAGUE ? !!!! From the assist, beating players to passing the ball to Altidore, to “cherry picking” a USMNT goal keeper….just amazing. He already has a lot of games this season with Genk, so Greg Vanney has to regulate his playing time with TFC (not to over work him to injury)

    Also, when did Nick Deleon start playing like this???? Where was this player during the days of DC United ? ???

    • Had to open a roster spot for a designated player, and Gio was the easiest to move. I’m not sure how the two together would have worked with both wanting so much of the ball, only so many touches to go around. Really helping TFC to have Moor back, only 8 appearances last season, this season TFC is 3-0 with him starting 0-1-1 without.

      • Simple….They would compliment each other. Giovinco is the best DP and highest producer TFC has ever had and they owe ALL THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS to him. He had the highest number of ASSISTS and GOALS on the team since he set foot at TFC, so no he is not a selfish player than wants the ball all the time (how can he be selfish when he helped other people score more than ANY OTHER PERSON ON THE TEAM ?). He just takes matters into his own hands when no one around him can step up and perform.

        Yup, they had to open up a DP spot and they could have loosened up $10+ million with two other DP moves instead because Sebastian Giovinco produced more than ALL THE OTHER DP’S ON THE TEAM COMBINED. Also from watch Alejandro Pozuelo play he seems on be selfless and doesn’t mind doing all the work and passing the ball for other people to score. There is no logical explanation for losing one of the best PROVEN players MLS has ever seen and having a player like Pozuelo on the same team complimenting each other would have been amazing

      • Your overthinking things. Yes, both play the ball to others obviously, but one has to have the ball to do that. Think Barcelona, yes they were good with Neymar, Suarez, and Messi, but at some point, you have too much of the same thing.
        I said Gio was the easiest to move not the only move. Gio has more value in alternative markets hence he’s easier to move. Gio attracts interest in markets like Saudi Arabia and China because of his years at Juve, Altidore and Bradley don’t have that name recognition in those areas.

      • Johnnyrazor ,
        Sometimes your arguments sound like you are clueless about soccer. So a team will not succeed because too many star players that don’t play in the same position, will some how not be able to play together or be beneficial to a team together?? Haha?…..what is wrong with you??? All the best teams in the world have some of the best players in the world playing on the SAME team….IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS hahaha??.

        Alejandro Pozuelo is an attacking midfielder
        Sebastian Giovinco is a second striker / Center – forward

        Hmmmm…..lets see ?, Yup that will not work, because at some point you have too much of the same thing….PLAYERS THAT CAN ACTUALLY PLAY hahaha ??. Nope we can’t have that. So lets dumb it down a little….lets keep Bradley and Altidore and get rid of the best TFC player ever (and one of the most feared strikers in MLS). Yup, Makes sense

        love your contributions man ??

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