Toure Answers Critics: Whitecaps 2 TFC 0

June 4, 2009 at 3:53 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | Leave a comment

 

Chin takes control

Chin takes control

 

Haber and Dicchio

Haber and Dicchio

 

Haber terrorizes TFC

Haber terrorizes TFC

 

No one has been a fiercer critic of Ansu Toure than myself recently.  While he has shown signs of brilliance here and there, he has struggled recently, especially with his finishing.   Last night he demonstrated what he is capable of.  He had his best game for us yet, scoring a goal in each half. His second goal late in the game was a brilliant cross shot which sent us all into mad joy in the Southside.  He took a ball from the deep left from Gbeke, teed the ball up with one touch, and laced it in with his left foot over the huge but helpless Sutton.   Lets hope this is a breakout game for Ansu.  I can hardly wait to see what he can do with a bit of confidence in him. 

Poor Greg Sutton did not have a happy return to his former hunting grounds, making the mistake that resulted in the first goal.  Wes Knight blasted in a high shot from the right side which Sutton should have palmed over the bar.  Instead he batted the ball across the goal to a grateful Toure who calmly slotted the ball home.  

Gordon Chin did an admirable job of stepping in to center midfield for Nash, though he did get disposessed in midfield a few times.   Parke and Charles played well in the centre of our defence but were leaky on two or three occasions in which TFC should really have scored.  Chad Barrett was through on goal all alone with a free header which he proceeded to head straight to our Keeper Nolly’s hands.  Ta very much, Chad!  How that guy is playing for TFC is beyond me.  A striker does not waste such chances.    Only a late intervention from Martin prevented De Rosario from scoring on a break.  Vitti put one off of the post after being allowed to stroll in from the right side.    We had just as much luck as quality in our defensive effort last night. 

TFC’s best players played as though they deserved to win right from the start.  De Rosario, Dicchio and Robinson put in the effort of arrogant players who thought they could win by giving only 75%.   They underestimated the heart, ambition and desire of the Whitecaps.   We outworked them and wanted to win more than TFC.     

Now it falls to TFC to score 4 goals against Montreal.  I doubt L’Impact will be in a generous mood to TFC in front of their own fans.  Furthermore, will TFC risk injury to their best players in what is probably a lost cause?   Our fate is in Montreal’s hands, but Ansu Toure gave us a distinct advantage with his superb efforts.  

This was undoubtedly one of the best nights at Swangard.  I really enjoyed last years TFC game which ended in a 2-2 draw, but beating them last night was fantastic.  The players all came down to the Southside to celebrate and show their appreciation.  Well done lads!

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