Toronto FC struggles continue with disappointing loss to Orlando

Giancarlo Aulino
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Toronto FC's struggles continued as they were on the receiving end of a disappointing 4-0 loss to Orlando City SC. 

Despite the coaching change that saw Bob Bradley relieved of his duties and replaced by interim head coach Terry Dunfield, the team has yet to find any consistency. To make matters worse, Federico Bernardeschi, who wore the captain's armband, was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for allowing his temper to get the better of him. 

Toronto were forced to play with 10-men as a result of the red card and Orlando capitalized as they added another two goals and cruised to a 4-0 win. During his post-match press conference, Dunfield addressed Bernardeschi being sent off and how the Italian responded following the game.

He said:

"I think a player of his experience on a yellow card should know better. So it's a frustrating one for sure. Afterwards in the changing room, I shared my message with the group and Fede raised his hand and said, 'Coach, can I have a moment?' And he owned it, which isn't easy to do. Said that he can do better. So yes, he was remorseful." 


Dunfield noted that he believes the loss against Real Salt Lake this past weekend lingered on into tonight match. He mentioned that the team is collectively frustrated with their results this season, which clearly hasn't gone according to plan, saying:

"I think the scoreline tonight, the late goal we conceded against Salt Lake just opens up some scars. Some scars of just three wins in 20 this season prior to last week, and just simmering under the surface, there's a lot of frustration, and rightfully so."


TFC's performances have sparked anger from their fanbase, who continue to express their displeasure on social media. The poor results have many questioning the leadership group that had envisioned a promising future that hasn't materialized. 

It will be interesting to see whether Toronto can bounce back as it will be more difficult without Bernardeschi and possibly Lorenzo Insigne in the lineup. 


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