TORONTO- Toronto FC’s unbeaten streak extends to five as the Reds’ were held to a 2-2 draw at home last night against a very dangerous and stubborn Atlanta side.
Five changes were made for TFC after last week’s draw against Kansas; Altidore, Cooper, Morrow, Bono, and Mavinga came into the side. Mavinga made his first start for the club.
Just two changes for Atlanta coming off their draw away against the MLS Cup champions saw Carmona and Almiron return to the line up.
Toronto started the game off well when Giovinco squandered a good chance early on after a good passage of play.
Atlanta took the lead in the 15th minute when Almiron’s sensational pass saw Villalba’s pace beat Mavinga and he smashed the ball past Bono.
Toronto reacted well when Vazquez played the ball to Jozy, who flicked it into space for Giovinco who placed the ball into the bottom right corner to get his first goal of the season. Making it 1-1 just 20 minutes into the game.
Giovinco continued to look lively when he had a good chance just minutes after scoring.
A very open first half saw the game going back and forth. Both sides looked dangerous on the attack.
A minute before halftime Toronto took the lead when Beitashour’s cross found Morrow in the box who made it 2-1.
Atlanta had a dream start to the second half when Villalba’s pace saw him one-on-one with Bono again and he tied the game up just a minute into the second half.
Mavinga’s debut was cut short due to injury and he was replaced by Hagglund early in the second half.
Almiron had a great chance stopped by Bono to deny Atlanta the lead in the 70th minute.
Toronto were given some hope when Asad was given a straight red card for an elbow on Eriq Zavaleta.
The Reds’ really started pushing for the win when Ricketts replaced Beitashour with ten minutes left.
Despite the late pressure from TFC, the game ended 2-2 between the two eastern conference teams.
Toronto had 20 shots in the game compared to Atlanta’s six, but were unable to take their chances to claim a first home win of the season.
Atlanta extend their unbeaten streak to four games now, with back-to-back draws on the road against last season’s MLS Cup finalists. While TFC remain unbeaten this season after five games.