State of the union: Toronto FC shows grit in facing adversity

Whereas TFC used to shrivel at the first hint of trouble, now they are looking to tackle challenges head on.

State of the union: Toronto FC shows grit in facing adversity

Coming from behind to win games has not been Toronto FC’s forte over the last several years, no matter which coach was on the sidelines.  

TFC weren’t able to do it a single time in MLS under Chris Armas, Javier Perez and Terry Dunfield during their respective tenures in charge. And they only managed it once when Bob Bradley was at the helm.   

So, when the Reds trailed Orlando City 1-0 on the road late on Saturday, it looked as though another loss was on the cards. But TFC kept things close as they bossed Orlando for much of the second half before pulling off a dramatic 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Tyrese Spicer and Prince Owusu in the 87th and 90th minutes. 

The victory in Orlando was Toronto’s first come-from-behind effort since beating the Chicago Fire 3-2 at BMO Field on May 28, 2022, under Bradley. The result also marked TFC’s first comeback win in an MLS regular season road game since they defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 at MAPFRE Stadium on May 10, 2017, when Greg Vanney was still in charge.