In the first leg of their last 16 tie, Toronto FC were victorious on a freezing cold evening in Colorado, beating the Rapids by two goals to zero.
When the lineups were announced, prior to kick off, Colorado Rapids made themselves look a little bit silly.
They tweeted ‘The other team thinks it’s cold, we call it home.’ like Toronto are a team from South America and not Canada… (See below)
It was all good natured, and in the end the Colorado Rapids media team admitted they were cold too…
Anyway, into the game.
In the early stages of the first half, new Rapids signing Jack Price showed glimpses of the quality he has to offer as he provided great service from set pieces including corners and free kicks. Albeit nothing came of them.
The hosts had the first clear cut chance of the game around the half hour mark. Jack McBean played a perfect through ball which put Dominique Badji through one-on-one, however Alex Bono got down fast and made a brilliant save. Badji simply should have scored.
Toronto had a similar chance in the second half when Giovinco and Altidore combined nicely. A one-two between the players allowed Jozy a clear effort on goal, but he didn’t have the confidence to use his left foot so he fired wide with the outside of his right. A bit of composure wouldn’t have gone a miss.
The deadlock was broken on the 55th minute when Jonathan Osorio headed in Sebastian Giovinco’s cross. The pace on the cross allowed Osorio to direct it back where it came from and into the back of the net.
The visitors killed the game off in the 73rd minute when Giovinco volleyed to double Toronto’s lead. It was the Brazilian, Auro, who found Seba in the box with space before the ever-reliable Italian volleyed home with fantastic technique, keeping the ball down and giving Rapids’ keeper Tim Howard no chance.
The return leg will be played on the 27th of this month, and Colorado Rapids have it all to do in Canada.