Toronto (March 31, 2017)- In the midst of the rain and cold temperatures at BMO Field tonight, Sporting KC and Toronto FC played a hard fought match that ended up in a scoreless draw.
Sporting KC and Toronto FC Play to Goalless Draw
Peter Vermes should be quite happy with the result considering the circumstances surrounding Sporting KC coming into tonight’s match. Benny Feilhaber was not in the 18 man roster for tonight, as an injury kept him out for the game. Throw in the fact that Graham Zusi and Roger Espinoza had played all over the north and central america for their CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, this had the potential to not go well.
Sporting KC for the most part were disciplined in holding their shape, and pressing Toronto and attempting to pounce on mistakes. While Toronto’s attacking firepower were able to create some good chances, the finishing wasn’t there.
It’s safe to assume Vermes wouldn’t be happy about the chances they actually gave up. But you could also assume he’d rather have the pressure to finish off the chances be on Jonathan Osorio, and not Sebastian Giovinco.
Osorio had multiple chances, but blazed them over almost every single time. Giovinco’s lone scoring chance came on a free kick that hit the bar. It’s probably a good thing it didn’t go in, considering a dive was what won the free kick.
Overall, Toronto created more, and better opportunities. But the lack of finishing quality really hurt them.
Sporting KC’s best chance came when Michael Bradley gave the ball away and Dom Dwyer ended up in a 1v1 with Alex Bono. Dwyer shot straight into Bono, ending their best threat. Bono replaced Clint Irwin, who went down with a significant knee injury in the first half.
The result leaves Sporting KC without a loss after four games, with three draws and a win, for six total points. Toronto are in the exact same boat, with six points and a win in their first four games.
Sporting KC take on the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, April 9th in their next match. The game will be at 6pm Central, and televised on Fox Sports One. Toronto FC take on expansion upstart, Atlanta United on Saturday April 9th.