TFC supporters are used to seeing the Reds give up match-tying or match-losing goals in the 89th minute on. On Saturday, Edson Buddle’s dagger through the TFC heart came in the 86th.
Buddle’s goal gave the Rapids a 1-0 win in the mile-high conditions in the Denver suburbs. And Clint Irwin, who two years ago was stopping shots for Capital City FC in the Canadian Soccer League, continued his impressive run in the Rapids’ goal with a clean sheet.
The goal came like so many other late goals conceded by TFC; through a glaring error. This time, it was defender Logan Emory, who absolutely whiffed on what should have been a fairly elementary clearance of a speculative ball played into the Reds’ penalty area. Instead of heading out of trouble, the ball sat invitingly for Buddle to smash home from close range.
It was an absolute gift.
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