Whitecaps top new-look Toronto FC

By FRANCO PANIZO

It took just seven minutes for the Vancouver Whitecaps to face their first bit of adversity in the 2013 season.

It did not phase them.

The Whitecaps lost captain Jay DeMerit to a non-contact injury in the opening minutes of their season opener but still managed to defeat Toronto FC, 1-0, at BC Place on Saturday evening. The game’s lone goal came in the second half through midfielder Gershon Koffie, who finished off a beautiful passing sequence with a low shot to the near corner to hand TFC head coach Ryan Nielsen a loss in his coaching debut.

While the win may not have been too convincing, Vancouver’s speedsters Darren Mattocks, Kekuta Manneh and Daigo Kobayashi all challenged TFC’s back line from the opening whistle. Toronto’s defense held up well in the first half but the closing 45 minutes were a bit of a different story.

With Nigel Reo-Coker replacing Manneh at halftime, the Whitecaps got the requisite added sharpness that was needed to put away their Canadian rivals. Vancouver found the breakthrough in the 59th minute when Koffie beat Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik with a low shot that came following some good combination play from Kobayashi and Lee Young-Pyo, among others.

Toronto FC never really came close to finding an equalizer, but rookie midfielder Kyle Bekker looked mature beyond his years in the match. Still, there were not many bright spots for TFC to draw from as the Whitecaps piled on the pressure late in the game in search of an insurance goal.

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What do you think of the Whitecaps’ 1-0 victory against Toronto FC? Impressed by all the speed the Whitecaps possess? Is it going to be another long season for TFC?

Share your thoughts below.

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5 Responses to Whitecaps top new-look Toronto FC

  1. J.M. says:

    Reo-Coker was the difference. Manneh looked really raw. Daigo already an improvement as he didn’t spend all game yelling at the ref and was mildly productive. Mattocks looked really good, much more composed and less prone to fly off the handle. Hard to tell how effective Rusin really was since TFC is so toothless, but he certainly looked the part of bog tidy central defender. Hopefully Demerit isn’t out too long, but given how often he’s struggled with injuries I wonder how much longer he’s got left in him.

  2. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    WHITECAPS LOOKED GREAT! Koffie was superb! Did you see Vancouver on the counters??!?! SO QUICK!

  3. LeonFan says:

    Although TFC lost, I still think they put up a good fight for a team thats only known each other for a couple of games. I think people may under-estimate them this year.
    Kudos to VWFC for gtting the Win.

  4. SelltheRevs says:

    The word is “faze,” not “phase.”
    Toronto fans deserve much better, but Bekker is a start.

  5. green gale says:

    Vancouver started slow however with the addition of real c the caps picked up the pace ,Toronto on the other hand did well considering the mid field they had it would see the the calling for the death of TFC was a bit of a over reaction,they are on the right path and WILL surprise