Sports: Tuesday's Voyageurs Cup loss a nightmare for TFC coach Bradley in more ways than one

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Ayo Akinola of the Toronto FC flicks the ball past Ranko Veselinovic of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the second half of the 2022 Canadian Championship Final at BC Place on July 26, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia. © Provided by Toronto Sun Ayo Akinola of the Toronto FC flicks the ball past Ranko Veselinovic of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the second half of the 2022 Canadian Championship Final at BC Place on July 26, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Other than a player suffering a major injury, Tuesday night’s Canadian Championship final at BC Place had the worst possible outcome for Toronto FC and coach Bob Bradley.

Losing the game on penalty kicks to the host Vancouver Whitecaps was tough, as was, undoubtedly, watching ‘Caps manager Vanni Sartini strip off his shirt, roll on the ground and dance on the field when the game ended.

Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC

  Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC Toronto FC fans showed Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne a lot of love in their MLS debut Saturday. And the Italian newcomers repaid them in spades. Bernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC. "It felt pretty special, to be honest," said Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. "A really really big night," addedBernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC.

“We said from Day 1 that the Canadian Championship was one of our important trophies,” Sartini told reporters after guiding the Caps to their second-ever Voyageurs Cup. “We didn’t do well in the previous years. And it means everything because we are a very good team.

“So today, we will remind everyone that we are 100 per cent a very good team,” he added. “We are not the team who’s considered an elite killer. So winning a trophy for us is really important.”

But the misery was exacerbated for Bradley, who took a gamble on the club’s new Italian internationals — Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi — and rolled snake eyes. Bradley had a very difficult decision to make during the game and now he is getting killed on social media for it. (Of course, if TFC wins the shoot-out, Bradley’s the greatest coach ever. But that’s how pro sports work).

Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC

  Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC Toronto FC fans showed Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne a lot of love in their MLS debut Saturday. And the Italian newcomers repaid them in spades. Bernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC. "It felt pretty special, to be honest," said Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. "A really really big night," addedBernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC.

To no one’s surprise, Bradley included Insigne and Bernardeschi in the starting XI against Vancouver, even though they had just both made their TFC debuts in the 4-0 victory over Charlotte FC last Saturday at BMO Field. If Tuesday’s match wasn’t so important, they both probably wouldn’t have played. So the big question during the match was: How long does Bradley leave Insigne and Bernardeschi in the game? TFC has another huge contest on Saturday night at New England, the Revolution being one of the six teams standing between Toronto and an MLS playoff spot.

A perfect scenario for Bradley on Tuesday would have been for his team to score early and often so he could rotate Insigne, Bernardeschi and probably Jonathan Osorio and Jesus Jimenez out early so they would be well-rested for New England.

But it didn’t work out that way. In fact, it couldn’t have worked out any worse (short of an injury). Insigne was substituted out of the match very late, in the 88th minute, meaning that the former Napoli captain was unavailable for the penalty kicks AND is undoubtedly fatigued from playing 88 hard minutes on artificial turf in only his second game since May 22.

Toronto FC hoping to carry momentum from Saturday's win into Voyageurs Cup final

  Toronto FC hoping to carry momentum from Saturday's win into Voyageurs Cup final Vancouver residents like to brag about the ocean and the mountains and the all abundant trees that are there to be hugged. And hugging is something the Toronto FC players hope to do at BC Place on Tuesday night. But not trees. It’s a record ninth Voyageurs Cup the Reds are hoping to wrap their arms around. “Huge game,” said TFC captain Michael Bradley. “A Final. (We’ll) spill everything to win another trophy.” TFC has won the Canadian And hugging is something the Toronto FC players hope to do at BC Place on Tuesday night. But not trees. It’s a record ninth Voyageurs Cup the Reds are hoping to wrap their arms around.

The Reds flew home to Toronto overnight on Wednesday and had the day off. On Thursday the team will get together at the BMO Training Ground to prepare for this Saturday’s game at Gillette Stadium, another venue with an artificial turf field. Two games on turf, on each side of the continent. A headache scenario for Bradley. Earlier in the week, the coach went on a rant about artificial turf.

It will be interesting to see how the Reds come out of Tuesday’s match, particularly Insigne and Bernardeschi, who are in pre-season mode in terms of their MLS seasons.

Insigne didn’t look particularly good on Tuesday, the Whitecaps defenders did a good job shutting him down. TFC completely dominated possession (71%-29%) but were not particularly effective with the ball and a lack of finish in the final third ultimately did them in while Vancouver played a good transition and counter-attack game. You could see the Reds having trouble on the turf, particularly in the first half with passes going long and players losing control of the ball on runs. But no one was using the turf as an excuse. The Whitecaps played the perfect game.

Vancouver Whitecaps sink the Toronto FC in penalty kicks in Canadian Championship final

  Vancouver Whitecaps sink the Toronto FC in penalty kicks in Canadian Championship final Vancouver Whitecaps coach Vanni Sartini pulled off his shirt and ran onto the BC Place field in celebration after his club won the 2022 Canadian Championship final on a penalty kick shoot-out victory over Toronto FC on Tuesday night. The ’Caps went a perfect 5-5 in penalty kicks with Tristan Blackmon taking the final shot to win it for Vancouver, sending the crowd of 24,307 into ecstasy. It was the second Canadian Championship title for the Whitecaps who have now qualified for the 2023 Concacaf Champions League. The only TFC player to miss on the penalty kicks was midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who happens to be the all-time leading scorer in Canadian Championship history.

The two sides fought to a 1-1 draw after regulation time on goals by Brian White for Vancouver and Lukas MacNaughton for Toronto. MacNaughton’s header (his first goal for TFC) came as a result of a great pass into the box by Bernardeschi. In penalty kicks, the Whitecaps scored in all five of their attempts while Jonathan Osorio hit the goal-post in his attempt, ultimately allowing Vancouver to win its second Canadian Championship. The Reds were without midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, and his absence was felt.

What would help the Reds immensely this Saturday against the Revolution is if first-year forward Jesus Jimenez, the club’s leading scorer with eight goals in MLS play, could find a way to break his scoreless drought. The Spaniard hasn’t scored in six straight games. Having Insigne and Bernardeschi recovered and ready to play is also a must. TFC needs to go on a winning streak to have any chance of visiting the post-season. They need all hands on deck. Former TFC star Jozy Altidore, the club’s second all-time leading scorer, has struggled in New England this season, with only one goal and no assists in 17 games.

Altidore was acquired by the Revolution in February via free agency after Toronto exercised their option to buy out Altidore’s contract. So far, he’s been a bust for the Revs and there have been reports that he may be on his way out.

TFC has won each of its last two visits to Gillette Stadium, including a 3-2 victory in July 2021. The Reds had managed just two victories in their first 17 league visits to New England (D5 L10). New England is win-less in five straight matches (D3 L2) following a scoreless draw in Columbus last Saturday.

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