Atlanta, Georgia 2020-10-18 21:55:13 –
Pablo Piatti’s fourth goal of the season gave Toronto FC a dramatic 1-0 victory over his visit to Atlanta United on Sunday in East Hartford, Connecticut.
In the 89th minute, Richie Laryea played against Atlanta DF George Bello and worked hard to find space outside the box. Laria crossed in front of Piatti for a second-half strike.
Toronto FC (12-2-5, 41 points) beat the league with a win. Toronto is 7-0-2 in the last 9 games.
The tragic defeat gave Atlanta (5-10-4, 19 points) the opportunity to cross the playoffs. Atlanta United remains a Chicago Fire pointback at the 10th and final Eastern Conference playoff spots.
Atlanta United haven’t won in the last four games (0-2-2) and have scored only one goal in that stretch.
Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg had a single save in the sixth shutout of the season, but it was a serious stop. In the 68th minute Brooks Lennon sent a high-quality cross to Erick Torres’ box, and if Westberg wasn’t in the block position, the striker’s header would have landed inside the post.
Both teams have played for the fifth time in 16 days and have been a little tired in games that lack premium scoring opportunities. Toronto and Atlanta each sought to add fresh feet to their lineup, using up to five alternatives.
Atlanta’s designated player Ezequiel Barco took turns in half-time and returned after missing seven games due to injury.
Michael Bradley has returned to the Toronto FC lineup and replaced Jonathan Osorio 20 minutes into the match. Bradley missed the previous nine games in Toronto due to the tension of the correct MCL.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney said in a half-time interview that Osorio was a “preventive submarine” because he felt nervous in his legs. Entering action on Sunday, Osorio was the third of all Toronto FC players in minutes (1,343) this season.
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