ORLANDO – Is it fair, I mean really, is it fair? Toronto FC (1-7-2, 5 points) took another one on the chin with a 0-2 loss to FC Cincinnati (3-5-1, 10 points) at Exploria Stadium on Saturday in the sweltering heat of Orlando, FL. Again, in the sweltering heat in Orlando. The heat hardly compares to balmy Toronto at this time of year.
Mark Arenas felt the heat from fans as the Red put on another uninspired performance as they lit him up on social media, but that comes with losing territory, with this being Toronto’s 5th straight loss. Toronto last suffered a five-game losing streak during the 2013 season.
Cincinnati took only 5 minutes to score when they took advantage of a sloppy Reds turnover on their end, Alex Atlanta slipped the ball through and sent allen Cruze in to finish. 1-0 Cincinnati
Toronto had their chances, one in particular when in the 35th minutes Patrick Mullens had a nice opportunity and sent the ball rolling just wide left of the post.
After the first score, FC Cincinnati pulled back and focused on defense. To hold on to their lead. Many times when they cleared the bal out, their front line saw opportunities to push ahead and try for a chance.
In the 68th minute, Luciano Acosta blasted a perfectly cured shot into the upper right corner of the Toronto net to seal the win.
Cincinnati goal keeper Kenneth Vermeer only needed to make one save for the whole game, easily handling any Toronto chances.
As the Reds played without several key players, including Jozy Altidore, due to international call-ups, they did have some good personnel new. this was the first match with striker Dom Dwyer starting.
Unfortunately it was to little effect.
Toronto next faces off against Dc United on July 3rd. the locations is yet to be determined.