Photo courtesy Martin Bazyl/Toronto FC II
TORONTO – Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell's penalty save made the difference for Toronto FC II as they split points with the New York Red Bulls II in a 0-0 draw at BMO Field on Saturday evening. The first opportunity went Toronto's way 15 minutes in as Ben Spencer got his head onto a corner kick in the six yard box, but directed his effort directly at Evan Louro who made the comfortable catch. In the 37th minute, the Red Bulls II appeared to get on the board when Amando Moreno redirected a Brian White cross into the back of the net, but was ruled to have used his arm, wiping the goal away and earning himself a yellow card. While each team would rack up several more shots, most would be off the mark, with Toronto only managing two shots on target while the Red Bulls II ended the half with none. The Red Bulls II would get their chance, however, as Moreno was taken down in the penalty area by Mariano Mino to earn a penalty. Red Bulls II captain Stefano Bonomo stepped up to the spot, but Caleb Patterson-Sewell guessed correctly and make a huge diving save to his right to keep the score level. While the visitors continued to push, accumulating a number of shots in the second half, Toronto's defense did its job and held off the aggressive attackers. Ultimately, neither team was able to break through, with the match ending in a scoreless draw and the teams splitting points.
Three Things That Matter:
1. In a match the Red Bulls II dominated in terms of nearly every measurable offensive metric, it was Toronto FC II goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell that made the difference for the hosts. Patterson-Sewell shut the door on every opportunity that got past the host's defense, including an incredible diving penalty stop on Stefano Bonomo's attempt from the penalty spot.
2. Despite earning a valuable road point, and extending their unbeaten run to five, the Red Bulls II will feel disappointed at the final score. In addition to the missed penalty, the Red Bulls II had a potential goal called back, as Amando Moreno used his arm to direct in a dangerous cross from Brian White in the early moments of the match.
3. For the hosts, it was a big result, as the draw represented just their second point of the year. Toronto FC II should leave Saturday's match pleased after taking one from 2017 Eastern Conference finalists, even at home.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Toronto FC II – On a well-taken second-half penalty, Patterson-Sewell made a leaping save to his right to keep the score level and earn the hosts a valuable point.
Toronto FC II vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – May 5, 6 p.m. ET, Marina Auto Stadium
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