Toronto FC showed why they're at the top of the Eastern Conference in a professional win on the road without their best player. The Fire's 12 game unbeaten run at home was snapped but the loss wasn't without some positives. They were able to generate numerous chances and easily had their best run of possession over 45 minutes this year with a 63-37 advantage in the second half.
The Fire are clearly better than they were during the early going this season but not good enough to beat the best teams in the league, even at home. They will get chances and provide a more entertaining brand of soccer over the last seven games of the year. The playoffs have realistically been out of the picture for a while now and this loss probably cemented that but they're not doing trying. So there's that.
GK Sean Johnson (4.5) - Slipped and seemed to lose his footing as he was attempting to get the ball forward but that doesn't excuse the terrible give away in the 52nd minute that resulted in Toronto's second goal. It seemed that he didn' see Altidore moving into the space he was aiming for. They didn't lose the game because of it....there were plenty of chances to equalize but the play was crucial. Made a good save late on Cooper in a 1v1 situation.
D Brandon Vincent (5.5) - Decent work in combination on the left side and a few good moments in 1v1 defending.
D Joao Meira (5.5) - He and Campbell were drawn in by Ricketts; run in 33rd which allowed the space for Altidore to get a clear look and the first goal. Otherwise did well to limit Toronto chances.
D Jonathan Campbell (5.5) - Altidore didn't have many looks and Toronto only had three shots on target on the night. Cross delivered a chance for Cocis in the 85th.
D Johan Kappelhof (6) - Completed 88% of his passes from right back and was the Fire's best defender on the night.
M Matt Polster (6) - The Fire's central midfield was at the very least even with Toronto's Bradley and Johnson combination. Polster completed 87% of his passes before being removed for an attacker. Did miss a clear look in first half stoppage time that could have tied the match.
M Razvan Cocis (6) - Like Polster, effective in keeping the ball. 88% passing success helped that along. Headed chance in the 85th was just wide. The Fire had their best possession game of the season at 57-43 overall.
Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Active first half and involved in the play for several chances in the first twenty minutes. Put in a good ball for Accam in the 80th which led to a chance.
Michael de Leeuw (6) - Scored the Fire's only goal and forced Bono into a difficult save with a shot in the 70th minute. Always dangerous around the box.
John Goossens (5.5) - Assisted on the lone goal. Two shot long shot attempts with one on target. More involved in the first twenty minutes.
F Luis Solignac (5.5) - Probably the Fire's most active attacker to start the match. Only shot attempt was a long distance try in the 64th that was easily saved.
M David Accam (6) - Set up the Fire's only goal with a run through Toronto's midfield one minute after entering the match for Polster in the 56th. Had a chance in the 80th minute but mishit the shot on a clear look.
F David Arshakyan (5) - Came on in the 78th minute for Vincent. Didn't see much of the ball.