Winning without Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe will never be easy for Toronto, but they have now dropped two in a row without their stars. Both Bradley and Defoe missed the match on Saturday with fitness issues, and left Brazilian designated-player Gilberto as the lone star for Ryan Nelsen’s side. (Not including Julio Cesar in-goal of course.)
Pablo Mastroeni’s Rapids played a steady defensive match, absorbing the pressure from the Reds, who created a flurry of chances. The closest of these chances was a header in the 43rd minute from Dwayne De Rosario that scurried behind the net. Toronto had a total of 9 corners, to the rapids 3. The Reds also had 12 shots, 4 of which were on goal. Colorado had just 3 shots on goal; with success coming in the 77th minute from a goal by former Toronto forward Edson Buddle.
Buddle’s goal was set up by a cross from Dillon Powers, who played the ball across the face of goal to the left foot of Edson Buddle. The goal is number 99 of Buddle’s career, and gave Colorado their first 3 points ever in Toronto. Colorado are now 2nd in the West with 10 points, while Toronto are tied on points with Columbus for 1st in the East.
Toronto will try to bounce back next Saturday when they visit FC Dallas (who are currently 1st in the West), and Colorado host San Jose on the same day.
Goals: Edson Buddle (77′)
Bookings: Steven Caldwell, Toronto (17′)
Colorado lineup (4-4-2): Irwin; Piermayr; O’Neill; Moor; Burch; Sturgis; Powers; Martin-Bejara; LaBrocca; Buddle; Torres
Toronto lineup (4-4-2): Julio Cesar; Bloom; Caldwell; Orr; Morrow; Goncalves; Bekker; Hall; Nakajima-Far; De Rosario; Gilberto