Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney stated Jozy Altidore was “ambushed” by Red Bulls gamers Sunday on his means again to the locker room at half-time of a 1-Zero loss to New York at BMO Field.
Toronto received the house and away tie 2-2 on mixture thanks to 2 away objectives within the first leg in Harrison, New Jersey, however the group might play its subsequent match with out Altidore as each he and Sacha Kljestan have been handed pink playing cards at half-time for violent conduct.
Altidore was given a yellow card for a first-half scuffle with Tyler Adams that Kljestan turned embroiled in and, as the 2 groups went down the tunnel, TV replays confirmed gamers come collectively on the best way to their locker rooms.
According to Vanney, who didn’t see the occasions start-to-finish however was knowledgeable by those that did, Altidore was approached by Red Bulls gamers: “From my estimation and from what I’ve heard, Jozy was principally ambushed within the tunnel and we’ll see the place that goes.
“I just have witness accounts and we are working on the video of what happened, but Jozy was followed in, basically confronted and he turned around and from my understanding the next thing you know there were four, five or six Red Bulls people all rushing towards him at the same time and the rest we’ll see.”
Toronto Star reporter Laura Armstrong tweeted that “Kljestan told reporters here that Altidore shoved him into a wall at HT and that he has a clear conscience.”
A report on MLSSoccer.com stated that Altidore attended the Toronto Raptors recreation after the second leg and briefly informed TSN his aspect of the story.
“He tried to come and get at me from behind, choked and pushed me,” Altidore stated. “And he found out the hard way that he shouldn’t do something like that.”
Altidore additionally apologized to followers for the incident.
The chaotic match noticed the Red Bulls almost overturn a 2-1 deficit from the primary leg when Daniel Royer’s shot from distance deflected off Bradley Wright-Phillips and into the Toronto objective, that means Jesse Marsch’s group wanted only one extra objective to win the tie.
And Vanney believed the chaos suited New York completely.
He stated: “I believe that is completely OK for them. Antagonizing and getting the sport to be somewhat chaotic and off tilt was okay for his or her aspect, so it’s what it’s. It’s the officers job to attempt to maintain issues underneath management on the sphere and I believe that was somewhat bit missing.
“In phrases of the tunnels you recognize we attempt to police them right here on the stadium, however when a number of individuals come dashing in behind it isn’t as simple as it could sound.
“The game became a little bit about soccer and a lot about nonsense and that’s irritating for spectators, that’s irritating for coaches, players and it’s irritating for just what our league is supposed to be about.”
A league spokesperson stated MLS will examine the matter additional when requested concerning the half-time occasions.
Toronto will now face Columbus Crew, who beat New York City FC Four-Three on mixture within the different semi, within the Eastern Conference finals with the primary leg at MAPFRE stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
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