Toronto FC threw everything it had at Real Salt Lake for 90 minutes (and beyond) but couldn’t buy a goal. Real’s only good scoring chance in the game came out of nowhere, off the foot of Yordany Alvarez, and struck paydirt. It all added up to a thoroughly frustrating 1-0 loss for the Reds that left the club asking “what if?” about a number of different instances that could’ve changed its fortunes.
“It was just the bounce of the ball just didn’t quite roll into the back of the net,” said striker Jeremy Brockie. “It was one of those days when we had by far the more chances and we probably should’ve won there.”
Brockie in particular had reason to feel hard done by as the forward was twice robbed of a potential equalizer during stoppage time. Justin Braun crossed from the left side in the 92nd minute and Brockie got a header on the ball, re-directing it towards goal and forcing RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando to make a quick point-blank save.
Just two minutes later, a long pass downfield to Brockie was badly timed by Rimando, allowing the striker to get behind the keeper with the ball and almost convert, before defender Nat Borchers was there to clear the ball away.
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