TORONTO- Toronto FC were held to a scoreless draw last night in their home opener against Sporting Kansas City as both teams remain unbeaten.
Both sides went into the game looking to keep their unbeaten runs going, and with both teams solid defensively it was always going to be a tight game.
The atmosphere before kickoff was lively and there was a sense of expectation around the stadium.
Sebastian Giovinco returned to the TFC line up after missing the trip to Vancouver with an injury. Raheem Edwards made his first MLS start for the club after impressing Vanney lately. Jozy Altidore and Armando Cooper had to settle for places on the bench.
US national team players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi went back into the line up after their midweek trip to Panama.
Kansas started the game off well, pinning Toronto in their own half making it difficult for the Reds’ to get up the field.
The first chance of the game fell to TFC; Beitashour’s cross was a good one but Giovinco was inches away from connecting.
Raheem Edwards looked lively on the left flank, defending well and was dangerous in attack. Edwards had some good crosses early on but TFC were unable to convert from them.
The best chances of the first half fell for Jonathan Osorio, who failed to break the deadlock on the cold night.
Minutes before halftime, Clint Irwin went down injured and was subbed off for Alex Bono, who started the last game in Vancouver.
The game was 0-0 going into halftime.
Dom Dwyer had a great chance when he was one-on-one with Bono, but his shot was straight at the TFC goalie.
Giovinco nearly gave the fans something to cheer about when his free kick rattled off the crossbar in the 60th minute.
Jozy Altidore and Armando Cooper replaced Ricketts and Osorio to give the Reds’ a different look late on.
In the dying minutes of the game, youngster Raheem Edwards had a goal line clearance to deny Kansas of a late winner.
After a close game with few chances, it finished 0-0 at BMO Field. Alex Bono did well when coming on and TFC fans can be excited about Raheem Edwards’ performance.
The Reds’ will host Atlanta United next Saturday at BMO Field, and Kansas will host the Colorado Rapids next Sunday.