A Light in Toronto FC's Defeat to Orlando City

• Derrick Etienne Jr. was the standout player on a tough night for TFC

• Toronto FC drops to 9th place in the Eastern Conference

• Herdman motivates his players to soon break out of this negative streak

A Light in Toronto FC's Defeat to Orlando City
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In the match on July 3rd for MLS matchday 24, Toronto FC hosted Orlando City, ending in an unexpected negative result as they lost 1-2, with the game being decided by an own goal from Nicksoen Gomis.

This defeat dropped Toronto FC to the ninth position in the MLS Eastern Conference, impacting their playoff hopes and extending their negative streak to five consecutive losses in the league.

The standout player for TFC

Despite the loss, Derrick Etienne Jr. was a key player for TFC, making significant contributions as a forward. He played 66 minutes, during which he scored a goal from 35 touches and had a high passing accuracy. Although he didn't participate much in the play due to his forward position alongside Prince Owusu, he achieved a 77% pass completion rate, successfully completing 17 out of 22 passes.

Additionally, TFC's high pressing to recover the ball led to a notable ball recovery by Etienne, highlighting his commitment on the field.

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A season where he strives to secure his place

It's worth mentioning that Etienne has played 15 MLS matches, scoring two goals. In total for the 2024 season with Toronto FC, he has played 19 matches, scoring three goals and providing one assist, with the assist coming in the Canadian Championship.

After the match, John Herdman was very encouraging, trying to ensure that the players remain motivated despite the adverse results. He emphasized the importance of staying focused and motivated for the upcoming challenging schedule in July, not just in MLS but in the various tournaments TFC is competing in.