Frings thrilled with brilliant Toronto FC crowd, Koevermans disappointed by result

Toronto FC had a home crowd of 47,658 for their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final first leg against LA Galaxy and the atmosphere was well-received by one of their star players.

Toronto FC had a home crowd of 47,658 for their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final first leg against LA Galaxy and the atmosphere was well-received by one of their star players.

Midfielder Torsten Frings has played in front of some massive crowds during his extensive career with the likes of Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and the German national team but even he felt the Rogers Center fans put on a good show during the 2-2 draw.

“It was absolutely a great atmosphere,” Frings said through a translator. “It really fired the team up.

“We didn’t use our chances for a third goal and unfortunately their second goal happened right at the end.”

Toronto skipped away to a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes but conceded twice to be held by the Galaxy and striker Danny Koevermans admits it was a disappointing result in the end.

“When they tie it in the 89th of course it’s disappointing,” said Koeveramns. “But I think we had a good game and we were competitive against LA.

“It’s a shame they tied it in the last minute but we showed today that maybe if everything works out next week we can beat them.”

The return leg will be played at LA’s Home Depot Center on March 14 with the winner progressing to the Champions League semi-finals.

 
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