Pour finishing from both sides left each wondering what could have been.TORONTO - Chivas USA and Toronto FC split the points in a 1-1 draw in an early Saturday match.
Alejandro Moreno gave Chivas USA a dream start in Toronto after the home side failed to clear the ball in the second minute. Former Goat Alan Gordon put the game back on even terms in the 36th minute.
Newly appointed Toronto captain Maicon Santos had the opportunity to take all three points in the 60th minute but failed to finish from the six yard box after rounding Chivas' goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Chivas didn’t waste any time putting pressure on the Toronto back line, as Moreno pounced on a loose ball and put Chivas ahead less than two minutes in. The lull in the BMO Field atmosphere seeped into the game play on the field, as both sides were unable to find possession for any length of time.
Toronto’s first chance to get themselves back into the game came in the 25th minute from a Javier Martina cross. Alan Gordon rose above the Chivas USA backline, his header left Kennedy flat footed but slipped outside the left post.
Toronto brought the game back to level terms as Gordon's header from a Jacob Peterson free kick beat Kennedy and found twine in the 36th minute.
Before the end of half time, a controversial offside call canceled out Maicon Santos' flick off of a Martina cross. BMO Field erupted when the video screen in the stadium replayed the goal and showed Maicon Santos in line with Ante Jazic as the ball left Martina’s foot.
The second half started much the same way as the first with consistent possession eluding both sides. In the 60th minute Alan Gordon put Maicon Santos through alone on Kennedy with a perfectly weighted ball. Santos rounded Kennedy but missed an empty net from six yards out.
With less than 10 minutes to go Jorge Flores found space 25 yards out and hit a swerving shot that Stefan Frei could only parry away. The loose ball dropped to Moreno all alone but his first touch let him down, his ensuing shot was put wide of the net.
Toronto are left ruing their missed chances, and a poor start to the game. Chivas USA had their chances to take all three, but will ultimately be content with a road point.
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