One of many questions heading into Saturday’s essential recreation in opposition to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy is who will begin in aim for Toronto FC.
It seems like head coach Greg Vanney is able to flip again to mainstay Alex Bono after a few video games began by Clint Irwin.
Bono has been the selection for 20 league matches this season, Irwin now seven, plus the Canadian Championship tilts. Irwin began extra video games for the Reds throughout the 2016 season and was in aim for the primary MLS Cup closing vs. Seattle (the workforce misplaced in a shootout), however Bono took over and led the membership to the championship final season.
This yr has been a problem for every member of the membership, and Bono has struggled at instances over the previous couple of months, resulting in some uncommon criticism from Vanney.
Irwin was solely at fault for Carlos Vela’s late aim in opposition to LAFC and no matter spark Vanney had been on the lookout for from the swap did not repay as errors all around the discipline proceed to plague his membership.
Requested by Postmedia why he determined to make the swap, Vanney had pointed to Bono each making “some excellent saves” over latest matches, “however has additionally had some challenges over this stretch.”
Vanney mentioned the challenges have gotten to Bono a bit mentally.
“It was my opinion that Clint was a bit clearer minded coming into this recreation and possibly a contact extra assured coming in. With Clint understanding we additionally had some coaching periods and time for Alex to get his head wrapped round the place he was at (arising),” Vanney mentioned after the sport.
“Proper now, it’s about discovering guys which can be knowledgeable, assured and who could make performs for us. That’s the place we’re at proper now. We have now lots of completely different variations over the course of the season so guys are somewhere else proper now. We’re looking for guys who could make performs constantly for 90 minutes.”
Requested after coaching on Thursday at BMO Area whether or not Vanney believes this break and one other journey with the U.S. nationwide workforce has helped Bono get again on observe, Vanney responded within the affirmative.
“I believe getting away, it’s a distinct focus, is an efficient thoughts clearer if you’ll,” Vanney mentioned.
“He was wonderful right now and I believe that’s the place he’s at. I believe a part of it was the second and how briskly all these video games had been coming and every little thing was coming for him.” Vanney mentioned the workforce believes it has two high quality goalkeepers and that competitors is nice for all concerned.
“We all the time wish to maintain them each sharp. As a result of they’re each succesful and Clint has been essential for us in varied methods over the previous few years, he’s deserving of enjoying video games too. We maintain the competitors alive, however we’re not in any actual completely different place than we had been in any actual a part of this transition.
“I made the choice, it was an in-the-moment resolution of the place the 2 guys had been within the second,” Vanney mentioned of choosing Irwin not too long ago.