Toronto FC gets back on track with win over Atlanta United

Saturday’s victory came at a cost as Lorenzo Insigne and Shane O’Neill joined the ranks of TFC’s walking wounded.

Toronto FC gets back on track with win over Atlanta United
  • Toronto FC 2 (Spicer 35’; Owusu 71’), Atlanta United FC 0 
  • Rookie Tyrese Spicer scores 1st goal in his 1st start for TFC      
  • Lorenzo Insigne limps off with injury just before halftime   

TORONTO – General Manager Jason Hernandez caught a lot of pundits off guard when he selected Tyrese Spicer with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft.  

Hernandez had no doubts that the Lipscomb University winger possessed the potential to make an instant impact for Toronto FC. 

“[He] has everything you would want in a number one draft pick, and I anticipate him helping us in short order,” Hernandez said at the time. 

Spicer began to repay Hernandez’s faith on Saturday by scoring his first MLS goal in his first MLS start to help lift TFC to a 2-0 win over Atlanta United on a cold night at BMO Field. Prince Owusu also scored for Toronto who recorded its fourth clean sheet through the first five games of the campaign. The Reds had six shutouts in 2023.