TORONTO – The reason Toronto FC did not win Saturday is the reason they won’t be in the playoffs again this season, a late goal that came from a set piece.
“For the most part of the game we were on top,” center back Ty Harden said. “I think we deserved to win. I think we started to sit in again and they pressed, pressed, pressed. And eventually we broke.”
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto 1, New York 1
TFC broke in the 88th minute off a corner kick on a master touch by former French international Thierry Henry who scored the tying goal for the New York Red Bulls from in front of the goal off a corner kick. It was the 11th goal Toronto FC have allowed in the final 15 minutes of a game in the league this season. It is the eighth goal they have allowed from a corner kick in the league. Those lapses have come with a cost in points. And the 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at BMO Field officially ended their slim playoff chances.
It’s an old problem for Toronto in that they began to sit back a little too much after Danny Koevermans gave them the lead in the 50th minute.
“It’s disappointing when you think of a lot of the points that we’ve dropped kind of late,” center back Andy Iro said. “These are points if you look back at it we probably would have been in the playoffs.”
“I don’t know what it is,” said Harden, who made a nice clearance to preserve the lead soon after Toronto scored. “It’s been way too many times. That’s unacceptable. We’re all aware of it I think during the game. If you look back you see us all saying the same thing, it’s a corner, like be sharp, be organized and I don’t know for whatever reason it keeps happening.”
After Dax McCarty’s corner, the ball bounced in the goal area and eventually came to Henry aided by a flick-on from Dane Richards. Henry took the ball with his right foot then spun and threaded his shot through with the left foot.
“It took a world-class touch because he’s a world-class player,” Iro said. “He was able to finish it on his left foot and not many players can do that.”
“Obviously he’s a world-class player,” Harden said. “I think we’d be happier if it was from a like a world-class play rather than a set piece that’s kind of a scramble and it just kind of falls to him or whatever and we don’t win it. It’s hard for us to say, yeah, it’s a great goal because it’s really not.”