Victor Vazquez was brought to Toronto FC with a very specific purpose in mind: to use his vision to play that final incisive pass and to be the missing piece in TFC’s cup calibre squad. So far, he’s done exactly that, and leading MLS in assists with 8, the proof is in the pudding. Friday night however, without Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco in the lineup, Vazquez took matters into his own hands putting on a 2 goal master class that earned him his first Offensive Player of the Week honour.
The Reds put a 5 goal beat down on Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field, an outburst that was sparked by Vazquez in particular. His first goal came via the penalty spot after Tosaint Ricketts absolutely burned Jonathan Mensah before being pulled down in the area by the Ghanaian. Vazquez converted from the spot, but it was his original through ball to Ricketts that earned the spot kick in the first place. Victor’s 2nd of the match came via a free-kick, opting to go under the wall instead of over it, beating Zac Steffen on the near post. TFC would go on to score another 3 goals to earn a 5-0 win.
In addition to his offensive outburst, Vazquez also had 3 shots on target and an 81% pass completion. The former Barcelona, Club Brugge and Cruz Azul man looks to be feeling right at home in Toronto and has helped the Reds stretch their unbeaten streak to 8 league matches.
For the Colorado Rapids, the last 3 seasons have been a story of rags to riches, then back to rags once again. One of the strongest teams in 2016 has seemingly slipped to be amongst the weakest. But on Saturday evening as the Rapids took all 3 points against Sporting KC, it was an unlikely hero that claimed the victory. Picking up his first Defensive Player of the Week honour is Kortne Ford, defender and clinical finisher for Colorado. Ford’s 2 tackles, 5 clearances, 2 blocked shots frustrated SKC’s generally potent attack that peppered the Rapids with 24 shots, only 2 of which made it on target. But it was Kortne’s 11th minute header off of a Shkelzen Gashi free-kick that was the ultimate difference on the scoreboard, giving the Rapids a much needed win at home.