The game in 100 words (or less): A team that finishes a game with nine players on the field should, in most instances, not beat a team that finishes a game with 11 players on the field. It’s even more unlikely that a team with only nine players would not just beat, but take the lead against, a team with 11 players while having just nine players on the field. That’s just a longwinded way of saying the nine-man San Jose Earthquakes (for 37 minutes, while tied 1-1) beat an 11-man Toronto FC side, 2-1 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday. If that’s not “the most TFC” thing ever, then I’m not sure what is. The victory pushes the ‘Quakes back to within striking distance of the Western Confernece playoff places (25 points – three back of sixth-place Sporting Kansas City), while the loss means TFC remain fifth in the East.
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Three moments that mattered
30′ — Amarikwa’s first-time finish makes it 1-0 — Quincy Amarkwia made this finish look so easy that you might be tempted to think it was easy. Don’t do that.
44′ — Morrow taps home for 1-1 — You know what they say: You should always celebrate against your former team.
70′ — Davies finishes a quick counter to retake the lead — Toronto FC, I have to ask you, what in the world are you doing/thinking/playing at?
Man of the match: Quincy Amarikwa
Goalscorers: Amarikwa (30′), Morrow (44′), Davies (70′)