(Sebastian Giovinco celebrates an early goal – USA Today Sports)
New York City Football Club was facing a tall order entering the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, as they returned home down 2-0.
Toronto scored those two goals a week ago in the final ten minutes, and that momentum carried over to this one, as they won 5-0.
Sebastian Giovinco got Toronto on the board on the 6th minute, as he scored on a long strike from just outside the box.
In the 20th minute, Giovinco was taken down in the box, and he was awarded a penalty kick, which he converted to make it 2-0.
Giovinco completed the hat trick in the 91st minute when he came down the right side and fired a shot that made the left corner of the net to make it 5-0.
Toronto also got goals from Jozy Altidore in the 30th minute, and Jonathan Osorio in the 50th minute.
NYCFC had very little energy in this one from the start, and looked like a team that knew they were going to lose.
They put very little pressure on the net, with their only real chances a couple of long bombs from Frank Lampard.
David Villa and Andrea Pirlo were held in check throughout the game.
The move that will be questioned now and in the offseason is why NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira switched from goalkeeper Josh Saunders to Eirik Johansen in the regular season finale and for the postseason,
While Johansen is no doubt the goalie of the future, to have these games be his first MLS action may not have been the smartest move.
In fairness to Saunders, he is an MLS Cup winner and was playing the best he had all season.
Vieira said of the loss, “First of all, i want to start by congratulating Toronto. They were the better team. We still have to work very hard to field a strong team because we have a gap between Toronto and ourselves. In both legs, they were the better team.”