Reds Undermanned drop to Ohio, target all-Canadian matchup in Vancouver
Priso, who has just returned from a lengthy injury layoff, was initially shown a yellow card for an ill-timed challenge. Upon review, the booking was upgraded to red. It was the first dismissal of the 19-year-old’s career.
“Ralph came right over and apologized. He’s a good guy,” Bradley said. “After missing the opportunity to start tonight, we knew he couldn’t play a full game, but it made sense to bring him onto the pitch.”
Momentum can swing wildly in MLS.
A week and a half ago, TFC were unbeaten in four, having won three of those outings. Now they see three losses in the rearview mirror.
“The atmosphere is pretty calm after a match like this,” said Petrasso. “There’s a lot going on and the boys are a bit depressed, but the important thing is that for 85 minutes we played against a man, but as a team we didn’t let that faze us and we “We tried to keep going. The boys tried really hard.”
Sailing is rarely clear in professional sports.
“It’s part of the journey. There are going to be ups and downs. There will be more lows than highs,” stressed Petrasso. “We just have to keep going, keep fighting. We continue to work every day, focusing on the next game which will be Sunday against Vancouver. Learn, get past it, get back to training, focus on Vancouver, and go and try to come back with three points.
TFC’s three-game week continues on Sunday as it takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
Every season will have its growing pains.
Toronto learned valuable lessons from the 5-4 loss to NYCFC that started this plunge.
“You can’t be second best, you have to see things faster, you have to react faster. We were really hoping we could watch this game to understand that when you play against better teams and better players we progress, but now the bar is going higher,” Bradley recalled. “And then we had this tough two-game streak with Cincinnati.”