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Toronto FC
TOR
Final
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Colorado Rapids
COL
Saturday, April 12, 20144:00 PM
BMO FieldMLS Regular SeasonSunnyMLS LIVE,TSN,RDS2,AltitudeAttendance: 22591

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 77'COLEdson Buddle
  • Dillon Powers
  • Dillon Serna
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 17'TOR Steven CaldwellHand
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'TOR
Jordan Hamilton (F)
Mark Bloom (D)
 74'COL
Dillon Serna (M)
Nathan Sturgis (M)
 67'TOR
Andrew Wiedeman (F)
Dwayne De Rosario (F)
 63'COL
Deshorn Brown (F)
Gabriel Torres (F)

Starting Formations

30Julio César28Bloom13Caldwell16Orr2Morrow11Jackson8Bekker25Hall20Nakajima-Farran14De Rosario9GilbertoM6323312522171Irwin5Piermayr27O'Neill3Moor4Burch24Sturgis8Powers6José Mari2LaBrocca9Buddle10TorresM13223326171912RAA4

Lineups

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Toronto FC
30GJulio César
28DMark Bloom
13DSteven Caldwell
16DBradley Orr
2DJustin Morrow
11MJackson
8MKyle Bekker
25MJeremy Hall
20MIssey Nakajima-Farran
14FDwayne De Rosario
9FGilberto
Colorado Rapids
1GClinton Irwin
5DThomas Piermayr
27DShane O'Neill
3DDrew Moor
4DMarc Burch
24MNathan Sturgis
8MDillon Powers
6MJosé Mari
2MNick LaBrocca
9FEdson Buddle
10FGabriel Torres
Bench
6Gale Agbossoumonde
32Andrew Wiedeman
33Ryan Richter
12Joe Bendik
5Ashtone Morgan
22Jordan Hamilton
17Nick Hagglund
 
13Kamani Hill
22Marvell Wynne
33Jared Watts
26Deshorn Brown
17Dillon Serna
19Charles Eloundou
12John Berner
Managers
  Ryan Nelsen
 
  Pablo Mastroeni
OFFICIALS

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RefereeDavid Gantar  
Assistant RefereePhill Briere  
Assistant RefereeRichard Gamache  
Fourth OfficialJustin Tasev  
Saturday, April 12, 2014
4:00 PM
BMO Field
MLS LIVE,TSN,RDS2,Altitude

TORONTO – The Colorado Rapids edged past injury-ridden Toronto FC 1-0 in a scrappy match at BMO Field on Saturday, thanks to Edson Buddle's 99th career MLS goal.

Buddle stroked home a low finish after a quick series of passes by the Rapids landed at the US forward’s feet for an easy tap-in goal in the 77th minute.

Colorado started the play on the right, a cross finding substitute Dillon Serna, who switched the play to Dillon Powers. Powers took a look up, saw  Buddle in the box surrounded by Toronto FC defenders and put in a well-placed pass to find his forward. Buddle slipped the ball past Julio Cesar to earn Colorado their first-ever points from a regular-season visit to Toronto.

In truth, it was evenly contested game, with Toronto FC creating many more chances but Colorado absorbing their pressure with calmness and poise. Despite a handful of close calls, Toronto couldn’t find the back of the net as the Reds clearly missed injured stars Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe.

The first half was a relatively staid affair, both sides enjoying spells of extended possession with fluid build up but neither team finding the back of the net. Toronto created the bulk of the chances, with numerous corners and a few misplaced headers.

Steven Caldwell picked up a yellow card for handball in the 17th minute, the only card of the game, but the Rapids could not take advantage of the dangerous set piece that resulted and the two teams headed into the locker rooms level at 0-0.

The second half was much of the same, both teams playing with positive intent but neither side getting onto the scoresheet until Buddle's late decider.

TFC came closest, with Dwayne De Rosario heading backwards off a Kyle Bekker corner kick.

Seconds later, Caldwell nearly corrected his earlier mistake with a header of his own, which went just wide.

Toronto continued to create chances as Gilberto and Jackson came alive, but Colorado held firm.

Serna entered in the 74th minute for Nathan Sturgis and he made his presence felt soon after in the build-up to the game’s only goal. Toronto tried to find an answer in the remaining 15 minutes through a series of corners and free kicks, but couldn’t reply in kind, giving Colorado a valuable three points away from home.

It’s TFC’s second loss of the season and the first loss at BMO Field. The Reds were without five key starters in Defoe, Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Doneil Henry and Alvaro Rey. The win moves the Rapids into second in the Western Conference with 10 points.

Toronto FC take on FC Dallas next Saturday at Toyota Stadium. Meanwhile, the Rapids host the San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on April 19.  

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Dillon Powers Ran the Rapids engine room efficiently and made the difference on the game-deciding play. Continues to play with outsized maturity for his age.
2 Edson Buddle It took a while for him to get into the flow of this uneven match, but he took his best chance with gusto. 
3 Kyle Bekker There's no avoiding the extent to which TFC missed Michael Bradley, but Bekker contributed plenty of energy and tempo in his stead nonetheless.