Soolsma's penalty gives TFC 1-0 win over 'Caps
Sides engage in defensive struggle ahead of Canadian Cup final
A second-half goal from Dutchman Nick Soolsma - the first of his MLS career - sent the locals home happy as Toronto FC took a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps away from BMO field on Wednesday night.
In a game that was mostly a back-and-forth defensive struggle, Soolsma had the single moment of offensive spark, which proved enough to get the Reds the full three points.
After having won a second-ball just outside the Vancouver area in the 54th minute, Soolsma dribbled into the area, taking on backpedaling defender Greg Janicki. Soolsma cut inside and then back out, drawing Janicki into a challenge on the edge of the area. Referee Mark Geiger didn't hesitate, blowing his whistle and pointing to the spot.
The Dutchman stepped up and converted with no trouble to Whitecaps 'keeper Jay Nolly's left, but Geiger whistled Soolsma's teammate Joao Plata for box encroachment and the kick had to be retaken. Soolsma stepped up again and this time went to Nolly's right, burying the chance and giving Toronto their first regular-season win since May 7th.
Neither team had shown much offensive initiative in the first 45 minutes, as both sides rested a host of starters ahead of Saturday's Nutrilite Canadian Championship final second-leg. There were few chances to be found, and generally dislocated play from both teams.