Toronto were beaten 4-2 by Brazilian side Fluminense in their final pre-season game in Florida in the Walt Disney Pro Classic tournament. The South American club took the lead 17 minutes into the tie when Pablo Dyego converted Igor Julian’s well-timed cross into the box.
It did not take the Reds long to hit back as they were on level terms just eight minutes later when new signing Michael Bradley finished well from a free-kick.
However, much to the chagrin of people who had backed Toronto in the US sports betting, more goals followed in the opening half in Orlando. Julian Igor put Fluminense back into the lead, only for Dwayne De Roasario to cancel it out before the break. The veteran Canadian striker thought he had scored earlier when he found the net but it was ruled out after he was adjudged offside.
Early into the second half, Toronto conceded a penalty which was despatched by Matheus Carvalho. The scoreline was extended just minutes after the spot-kick as Roberto put the Serie A side into a 4-2 lead which they held on for.
Head coach Ryan Nelsen was forced to make one or two changes in his side as his squad has been hit with key injuries during pre-season so far.
Jeremy Hall slotted in at right-back but it was his challenge that gave away the penalty which resulted in the third Flu goal. Nelsen chose to move midfielder further up the pitch later in the second half when Nick Hagglubnd was introduced into the game from the bench.
With the absence of Bright Duke, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto, Andrew Wiederman joined De Roasario in the other forward position. The former Dallas man may be required more than fans who bet on soccer expected in the early stages of the season until other players gain full fitness once again.