In a season where Toronto FC has frittered away over a dozen points due to late-game breakdowns and failures to defend setpieces, it’s perhaps fitting that both demons combined at once in the game that officially eliminated the Reds from the postseason hunt. Thierry Henry’s 88th-minute equalizer off of a corner kick left TFC with just one point in a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at BMO Field.
After Danny Koevermans scored to put Toronto ahead in the 50th minute, New York began to press and kept the Reds under pressure for most of the second half. TFC held steady against the numerous stars in New York’s lineup, but finally succumbed to the Red Bulls’ biggest name. Henry found some space on the left side and when the ball bounced his way following the corner, the former France and Arsenal superstar easily deposited the kick into the net.
Late allowance aside, the result was in many ways a positive for a Toronto side that had been outscored 15-1 in its last four matches (all losses) against New York. The most recent of those losses was a 5-0 rout in the reverse fixture on July 6, but that defeat took place before the additions of Koevermans, Torsten Frings and several other new players to the Reds’ roster.
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