July 17, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, USA; Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo (10) passes an Orlando City player in the first half at BMO Field. Required credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA Sports TODAY
Jozy Altidore came on from the bench and scored in his comeback as hosts Toronto FC played to a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC in the first game at BMO Field in front of the crowd. fan after 497 days.
Nani converted a penalty in the 77th minute to give Orlando City (6-3-4, 22 points) a point on the road.
Toronto (2-8-3, nine points) has spent most of the past 16 months because of coronavirus restrictions on the US-Canada border, during which it plays “home” games in East Hartford, I n. And Orlando, Fla.
The Red Devils have not played in front of their fans since March 7, 2020.
Altidore has been required to practice away from the team since a May 22 verbal exchange with then-coach Chris Armas after Altidore was substituted for 20 minutes in a 0-1 loss to Orlando City. The striker was invited back by interim coach Javier Perez, who replaced Armas on 4 July.
Altidore came on after 64 minutes for Dom Dwyer and it didn’t take long for him to feel his presence.
In the 72nd minute, Yeferson Soteldo and Justin Morrow overlapped when crossing the left wing and Morrow made a cross to the top of the 6m round for Altidore. The second top scorer in franchise history edged past a defender and headed bravely past the outstretched hand of Orlando City goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, ushering in a passionate celebration among the crowd. 7,000 people were allowed into the stadium because of virus protocol.
The lead didn’t last long. The Lions made a long pass on the left to Benji Michel, the ball went over the crossbar over a defender to open the scoring for Michel. Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono darted off his touchline where he collided with Michel just inside the 18-yard penalty area. Initially, referee Marcos De Oliveira ruled a foul on Michel, but after reviewing the video, it was determined that Bono had committed a foul that led to the penalty.
Bono’s guess was correct in the dash to the right of Nani’s kick, but the ball bounced off the keeper’s left hand and into the net, equalizing.
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