• Portland Timbers 1 (Valeri 89′), Toronto FC 4 (Morrow 58′, 76′; Vazquez 72′, Delgado 87′)
• Hagglund left game in 18th minute with knee sprain
• Morrow bagged a brace; now has 5 goals on the season
TORONTO – The Portland Timbers are the latest team to swim with the fishes at BMO Field.
Toronto FC didn’t dispatch Portland with the gruesome brutality of mafia hit. Instead, Saturday night’s 4-1 win over the Timbers was slow and methodical – it looked as though TFC enjoyed teasing the visitors, roughing them up like some traitorous mob member who flipped, before finally finishing them off with four second-half goals.
Justin Morrow bagged a brace for TFC, who kept hold of top spot in the Major League Soccer standings and remained unbeaten at home this season (nine wins and three draws). Victor Vazquez and Marky Delgado also scored for the Reds.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney, honoured by fans in the south stands prior to kickoff with a wonderfully whimsical tifo heralding him as “The Gregfather,” masterfully pulled the tactical strings on the night, further endearing him to the TFC faithful.
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Veteran centre back Drew Moor was given the day off by Vanney, as his wife was expecting to give birth to the couple’s second child. Nick Hagglund started in Moor’s place, the only change to Toronto’s starting lineup from last week’s 1-1 draw vs. D.C. United.
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