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  • July 21, 2012
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Live Commentary

  • Thanks for joining us. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) and it's been a pleasure doing the commentary for you.
  • 90' + 3'
    And that's it! A highly entertaining second half leads to a 1-1 draw between Toronto FC and Liverpool in front of 33,087 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Goals were scored by Amarikwa (TFC) and Morgan (LFC).
  • 90' + 1'
    Two minutes added on.
  • 88'
    Ensuing free kick is SKIED by Joe Cole, drawing a chous of jeers.
  • 88'
    TFC's Williams cuts down Robinson outside the Toronto area and draws a yellow to boos from the split crowd.
  • 81'
    Wiedeman nearly gets the lead back for Toronto, but his low, sliding shot is saved.
  • 76'
    TFC corner kick. Ball floats over everyone but Toronto manages to force a throw in at the other end.
  • 72'
    Free kick to LFC about 30 yards from goal.Shelvey steps up and hammers it into a Toronto defender.
  • 69'
    Goal Adam Morgan
  • 69'
    GOAL LIVERPOOL!! Adam Morgan taps it in from two yards out after Raheem Stirling draws everyone over and squares the ball over to his teammate.
  • 67'
    Liverpool pressing now. Wouldn't be surprising if they equalized.
  • 65'
    Suso with some good moves at the top of the box to get free. His shot is nabbed by TFC GK Roberts.
  • 63'
    Toronto's Camargo with a shot pulled wide and left of the Liverpool goal. The academy player has impressed already.
  • 59'
    GOAL AMARIKWA! The TFC forward pounces on a huge rebound after Sergio Camargo's shot was parried away by LFC GK Gulasci.
  • 58'
    Goal Quincy Amarikwa
  • 54'
    This match has ramped up to 100km/h. Unfortunately, neither side has figured it out in the final third, yet.
  • 50'
    New TFC signing Quincy Amarikwa charges down the right and puts a shot over the Liverpool bar. It's much livier so far in the second half, as both team's reserves and youth players look hungry to impress.
  • 47'
    Corner to LFC gets nodded out harmlessly for a goal kick. 17-year-old TFC keeper Quillan Roberts to take.
  • 46'
    The roof is closing here at Rogers Centre. Maybe some rain is on the way?
  • 46'
    And we're back! The teams look completely different. Both sides using their full allotment of subs.
  • Time for a little break for me. I'll be back for the kickoff of the second half.
  • Both teams will empty their respective benches to start the second half, providing an opportunity for the coaches to take a look at some reserves and youth players.
  • And that's half! It's scoreless here in Toronto as TFC and Liverpool have played to a fairly even opening 45 minutes.
  • 45' + 1'
    One minute to be added.
  • 45'
    Good interplay from TFC sees Dunfield at the byline sending in a cross, but Liverpool's Jones gobbles it up before Johnson can meet the ball within the six yard box.
  • 44'
    Corner kick to Liverpool as Pacheco's blast is blocked. Short corner to Aquilani, who shoots straight at TFC GK Hall.
  • 41'
    Free kick to LFC after Pasher holds a charging Ibe. Weak effort is them easily cleared.
  • 38'
    Toronto with sustained pressure over the past few minutes. Definitely looking like the midseason side here.
  • 34'
    Liverpool with a penalty shout as Eckersley appears to handle the ball in the TFC 18 yard box. No call.
  • 32'
    TFC sub Pasher with a superb tackle in Ibe to get the ball cleanly in the Toronto penalty area. Great work from the teen there.
  • 30'
    Some good movement by Toronto results in a turnover and a fallen TFC player in the Liverpool area. No call.
  • 26'
    Game has slowed to a walking pace here, as TFC looks to stay injury free and Liverpool is just working up to full fitness.
  • 25'
    Looks like TFC's Ashtone Morgan is set to give way to academy prospect Tyler Pasher. Morgan just making a cameo today.
  • 19'
    Liverpool with their best chance as unnamed #48 (unlisted on the team sheet) latches onto a floated ball into the box and heads it just wide.
  • 18'
    Lots of midfield battles going on here, with not much to show from either side so far.
  • 13'
    Dani Pacheco dances into the area from the left, drawing some oohs and ahhs from the crowd. His high chip is easily grabbed by TFC GK trialist Hall, though.
  • 12'
    Corner to Liverpool after a good run by Ibe to evade a few defenders. Cross is headed out by Ryan Johnson.
  • 10'
    Free kick to Toronto near the centre. Lofted into the box by Frings, but easily cleared.
  • 7'
    BIG SAVE BY JONES! A lofted ball gets headed into the path of TFC's Ryan Johnson, who hits it first time, requiring a diving save by LFC's Jones to his left.
  • 5'
    TFC's Morgan stays with Ibe and strips him of the ball before the Liverpool player can cut inside the Toronto area. Nice bit of defending there.
  • 3'
    First half chance for Liverpool as a through ball results in a clearance inside the TFC six.
  • And we're off!
  • Both teams out on the field now. LFC in red, TFC in their away white kits.
  • The crowd just went through a rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, followed by O Canada.
  • Both Rodgers and Mariner will use a different XI in the second half.
  • This is, of course, Brendan Rodgers' first match in charge of LFC. Lots of curiousity surrounding how he will fare with Liverpool this season.
  • Liverpool starting XI: Jones; Wisdom, Carragher, Sama, Enrique; Spearing, Adam, Aquilani; Ibe, Pacheco, Eccleston
  • Toronto FC starting XI:Hall; Henry, Eckersley, Emory, Morgan; Lambe, Dunfield, Frings, Avila; Silva, Johnson
  • Today is the second time Liverpool has played in this facility. The Reds last played here in 2004 (when the building was called SkyDome), and fell 1-0 to FC Porto in front of a near capacity crowd.
  • The retractable roof here at the Rogers Centre in Toronto is open, and the weather is glourious this afternoon. It's mostly blue skies and 27 degrees C (81 F), and with the slight humidity it feels like 31 C (88 F).
  • Welcome to's live commentary of Toronto FC vs. Liverpool. My name is Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) and I'm pleased to be able to provide with play-by-play of today's match.