‘s lack of control may have directed another blow to their playoff hopes Sunday.
Just a week removed from a spirited 2-2 draw against league leadersin which was shown a red card following a postgame scuffle, a lack of discipline bit TFC again as received 11th-minute marching orders for inexplicably defender in frustration.
But despite having to play nearly the entire game down a man, the Reds looked set to steal a point. That is, untilstruck with a thunderous volley in the 88th minute to give New York City the 3-2 win in Toronto. The loss keeps the defending MLS champions seven points away from a playoff spot with just 11 games remaining.
“We don’t have time for things that don’t matter. It’s about points,” head coach Greg Vanney said postgame, according to“These things are so irrelevant.
“It’s unnecessary and all it does is undo our ability to take steps forward.”
Toronto entered the game riding a six-match unbeaten streak across all competitions but fell behind just four minutes after Altidore’s red card.sent a low, left-footed strike past , which prompted a response from in the 27th minute. Tajouri-Shradi restored the visitors’ lead with his first goal of the game nine minutes before the half.
‘s header brought Toronto even six minutes after the restart, though it only set the stage for Tajouri-Shradi’s emphatic winner two minutes from time.
Reds captain, who picked up a booking of his own in the first half following a late tackle, decried his team’s lack of discipline with the season quickly winding down.
“We are at a point where our margin for error is very, very slim,” Bradley told. “Errors includes mistakes, discipline.
“When you play big games against good teams you cannot afford many of those type of plays.”
There was, however, some good news in the loss for Toronto.
Center-back, who missed the last 18 MLS games due to a torn quad muscle, made his first appearance since the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on April 17, replacing in the 71st minute to a raucous ovation at BMO Field.
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