Austin FC Scores in Stoppage Time to Seal 1-0 Win Over Toronto FC
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Austin FC scored a late goal in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win over Toronto FC and three-points at home.
Just when it looked as though Toronto were going to leave Austin with one-point on the road, their hopes were crushed as substitute Gyasi Zardes' header found the back-of-the-net in the 92nd minute. It was a well-deserved goal for Austin as they had a lot more scoring opportunities throughout the match.
Despite the quality of players in their starting lineup, TFC haven't registered a goal since April 29. They have been injury riddled and it has been evident with their results as they have yet to win on the road this season.
Toronto head coach Bob Bradley made some changes to start the half in an attempt to shift the momentum in their favor. In the 67th minute, Bradley made another substitution as he subbed off Federico Bernardeschi for Jordan Faria. It was surprising, especially considering that the match was tied 0-0 at that point and Bernardeschi is TFC's most impactful player at the moment.
During his post-match press conference, Bradley explained his reasoning for subbing off Bernardeschi, saying:
"After the game Wednesday, he [Bernardeschi] had a little bit of a stomach bug, so he struggled Wednesday night and Thursday. It's humid down here. I thought he gave us 67 good minutes and I felt that we needed fresh legs for the last period of the game."
TFC definitely need to start picking up points as they could be in jeopardy of having a repeat of last season, where they are facing an uphill battle for a playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. While speaking with the media during his post-match press conference, Bernardeschi mentioned that he is proud of his teammates for leaving it all on the field, saying:
"I'm so proud of the team because the team and the teammates put everything in the field. This is the most important things for me because playing like this is difficult for everybody, and I think especially the young guys put everything in the field, and this is the most important because every player put everything in the field."
Although he complimented his teammates, the Italian noted that he is frustrated that the results haven't gone their way this season and mentioned that he believes changes need to be made on the field to turn TFC's season around.
"Unfortunately, we lose the game again, and this is for me is not good. Sincerely, this team, this city, the fans, everybody don't deserve this, and I think maybe we need to change something," said Bernardeschi. He then added, "We need to a little bit tactics, we need an idea how we play because this is the real problem for me. It's impossible to play like this when we play without idea. This is the big problem for me."
Lorenzo Insigne wasn't in the lineup for Toronto, which is quite concerning as he has been riddled with injuries since arriving to the club last July and hasn't been able to find his consistency in MLS.
Toronto are back in action next Saturday, when they host D.C. United at BMO Field.
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