Toronto FC won the season series with Kansas City yesterday, winning 1-0 at BMO Field to go with their 3-2 win in KC on the opening day of the season. KC played one of their better games of the season, holding possession and controlling the game, but could not get anything going in the offensive third of the field. After an early flurry by TFC, KC started to control the game and pick up corner after corner in the first half. Unfortunately for KC, Claudio Lopez's corners continue to lack as almost every single one went right into the first defender. The same happened on his free kicks as well, as he'd get by the wall, but the first defender after that would have the easy job of clearing the ball.
Wizards goalkeeper, Kevin Hartman came up with a huge save in the 34th minute, as Danny Dichio chested down a cross into the path of Amado Guevara who let loose a blast from outside the box that Hartman did well to punch clear. KC continued to pressure, but could not get any great chances. Their best chance came late in the half when Lopez played a ball over the top to Davy Arnaud who raced onto the ball. Arnaud's shot was saved by Stefan Frei, but the rebound went right into the middle of the box. Unfortunately no Wizards players had been following the play and the rebound was cleared.
TFC came out in the second half and started to control the game more, creating a few chances, as Hartman made a save on Chad Barrett and TFC had a goal called back as Pablo Vitti was called offside. In the 54th minute, TFC played a cross into the box that went over everyone to the back side. Marvell Wynne collected and played to Sam Cronin, who slotted to Dichio, who had come out of the goal after his first run. Dichio unmarked about 8 yards from goal slotted the ball to the far post past Hartman and gave TFC the lead.
KC started to push again after the goal, but really weren't able to create many good chances on goal. Finally the Wizards got a good look on goal in the 87th minute, as substitute, Herculez Gomez received the ball and dribbled past his defender in on goal, but Gomez's shot was right at Frei who did well to close down the angle. The chance seemed to give KC a push and they were able to look more dangerous late. The Wizards final good chance fell to Lopez, who hit a hard strike from the left side, unfortunately for KC, Frei got a finger tip to it and tipped the ball over the bar preserving the points for TFC.
Wizards Man of the Match - Michael Harrington - A hard pick this week as no one really stood out as having a really good game yesterday, but Harrington was dangerous coming down the right wing.
Player Ratings - Hartman 5, Watson 5, Conrad 5, Hohlbein 5, Besler 4, Harrington 6, Hirsig 5, Espinoza 5, Arnaud 4, Wolff 4, Lopez 4 Subs Gomez 5, Kraus 4, Thompson NR