Lambe confident of Toronto improvement
Toronto FC new boy Reggie Lambe believes they will only get better after drawing with USL club Orlando City in their opening game at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Torsten Frings scored in the 63rd minute and goalkeeper Stefan Frei made two big late saves as Toronto came back twice for a 2-2 tie on Saturday night.
After some practice games against college teams earlier in camp, it was Toronto’s first full game of the pre-season ahead of their season curtain-raiser against LA Galaxy next week.
Lambe, who recently signed a four-year deal with the Canadian outfit, said: “I don’t think we played as good as we should be playing, but then again, it is our first game.
Coach Aron Winter said: “I’m not happy about the way we played. We were a little bit lucky, but there were also some good things. We have to work on the bad things and improve it.
“Fitness-wise we’re OK, but I think we maybe underestimated the opponent.
“We have to start working as a team. But in the first game of the pre-season, everyone wants to show themselves. We have more time to do it better.”
Frings was the quickest to react in a goalmouth, slipping the ball past Orlando goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo to earn Toronto a share of the spoils.
Orlando were then awarded a penalty in the 17th minute when defender Geovanny Caicedo tripped Maxwell Griffin in the area. Rooney, the brother of England international Wayne Rooney, made no mistake from the spot.
Toronto went ahead six minutes later when Miguel Aceval’s free kick took a deflection en route to goal.
Molino then levelled for Orlando, the defending USL Pro-Division champions, after latching onto a through ball from Charlie Campbell.
Toronto play Swedish club BK Hacken tomorrow before their final round-robin game of the tournament on Thursday against Dallas.