The departure of Sebastian Giovinco in the offseason felt like the end of an era for Toronto FC as the Italian had dominated the league during his time at the club. the signing of Alejandro Pozuelo looked like a good signing of a player in his prime playing for one of the good teams in the Belgium league.
Pozuello was outstanding in the game displaying class in the 4-0 victory over New York City FC at the BMO Field stadium. From the first half, the Spaniard was a constant threat putting the ball in the net which was cancelled by VAR.
Within minutes the Pozuelo created a chance for Jozy Altidore making his 100th league start for Toronto and the USA international finished off the move. In the second half, Toronto FC benefitted from VAR as Alexander Callens fouled Altidore in what was a clumsy challenge inside the box. Pozuelo took the resulting kick executing an audacious Panenka penalty.
Some few minutes later the 27-year-old would score what could be the goal of the season with a cheeky chip which embarrassed NYFC goalkeeper Johnson. The goal was a mixture of deftness, ingenuity and skill and left many in the stadium stunned including his teammates. When his number came up in the 79th minute the fans gave him a standing ovation which signified that a new star was in town.
If he can maintain this level of performance Giovinco would be forgotten in good time. The 4-0 victory allowed Toronto FC to maintain their perfect record in the league with three victories so far which lays down an early marker for the rest of the season.