Notes: Toronto FC vs. Atlanta United

    1. Bono’s distribution needs work, but Atlanta’s pressing was effective and there were few options for Bono on the ball. His finger-tip save in the second half was incredible.
    2. Mavinga is clearly rusty. Tempting as it is to blame him for the two goals, though, the first should have been a simple save, and the second was a result of the team sticking with a high line that had already been exploited a number of times in the first half.
    3. Vazquez struggled to impose himself on the game despite lovely work in the build-up to Morrow’s goal, and while Vanney says he’s ready for 90 minutes, Vazquez tired visibly at around 60.
    4. TFC were guilty of a good deal of over-elaboration in the final third. Armando Cooper particularly.
    5. Vanney didn’t really go for it when Atlanta went down to 10 men. Yes, he introduced Ricketts, but he also needlessly stuck with three cente-backs instead of flooding the midfield and taking real control of the game.
    6. Kenwyne Jones is still an absolute tank.

Overall – could have been worse, and the two TFC goals were excellent. Tata Martino won the tactical battle, however, and Atlanta are an impressively well-organized team.

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