Toronto FC beat New York City FC 1-0 to win their first game of the season. The goal was scored by rookie Ifunanyachi Achara in his first game for the club. It was a team effort that, honestly, should have led to a few more goals than just the one. Here are 3 lessons learned from the home opener.

1. Tsubasa Endoh fails fitness test and loses spot to rookie Achara.

Tsubasa Endoh failed a fitness test which resulted in Rookie Ifunanyachi Achara getting the start on the left wing and he didn’t disappoint. Achara scored a goal that was overturned by VAR early on in the game but bounced back and scored the game winner. Achara was fast on the wings and showed a lot of heart and I can’t see Vanney going back to Endoh after the effort Achara put in.

2. Coach Vanney reaches 100 wins.

The first 8 coaches in Toronto FC history recorded 84 wins in 298 games. Greg Vanney, the 9th coach in TFC history, now has 100 wins in 227 games. Vanney has elevated the club from yearly bottom feeders, to one of the biggest powerhouse teams in the MLS. Although he has his doubters, you can’t argue his results. 3 MLS cup finals and 1 supporters shield is a very impressive resume. Especially considering the teams lack of success before him.

3. Richie Laryea provides the spark…again.

Richie Laryea subbed on in the 57th minute and instantly provided a spark for TFC. His momentum on the wings and delivery into the box was exactly what Toronto needed. Laryea was also the man responsible for the goal, as his shot was going in when Achara headed the ball into the net for good measure. Laryea scored in the first game after coming on as a sub and is now responsible for the goal in the second game, so why isn’t he starting? He has been a super sub but maybe Vanney should try putting him into the starting lineup and see if he can affect the whole game.

Whats next

Next for Toronto FC is another home match vs league newcomers Nashville SC on Saturday March 14th at 4pm EST.