The Italian club, fresh off the back of their victory over the MLS All-Stars, dominated Toronto 4-1.
Toronto made the most of their cup-free midweek by playing an exhibition match against AS Roma.
The Italians were in Toronto for the penultimate leg of their US tour. MLS fans should more than likely be familiar with the Gialorossi by this point, following their 1-3 dismantling of the MLS All-Stars in Kansas City earlier in July.
Toronto made a good account of themselves, even getting on the scoresheet, but Roma were simply too strong and ran out 1-4 winners.
Toronto fans’ expectations may well have shot through the roof when after keeping the scores level for the opening 15 minutes they managed to go ahead in the tie. Spanish new boy Alvaro Ray worked well down the right wing before hammering his cross hard into the area. An unfortunate Nicolas Burdisso got put his chest in the way, only to see the ball ricochet clean into his own net.
Conceding may well have been the shot in the arm Roma needed, because from that point onwards the Italians were near-untouchable. New signing Maicon embarked on a Alvaro Rey-esque run down the right wing before neatly picking out young Alessandro Florenzi for a simple finish.
Journeyman hitman Marco Borriello made the score 1-2 as Florenzi turned provider to place a cross square on the striker’s forehead.
The much sought after Miralem Pjanic then announced himself to the Canadian crowd, grabbing the remaining third of the game by the scruff of the neck and scoring a wonderful brace.
In the 67th minute he converted a perfectly placed free kick, high over Stefan Frei’s right-hand side and into the back of the net.
The real highlight of the game came three minutes from time however, as Pjanic scored his second. The young Bosnian latched onto a woefully-underhit backpass from defender Jeremy Hall and bore down on the Toronto goal. Poor Quillian Roberts had only been in goal for ten minutes before having to rush out at the oncoming Pjanic. Unfazed, Pjanic coolly touched the ball around Roberts’ left side whilst running around his right, latched back on to the ball and, with the net agape, backheeled the ball over the line.
See Pjanic’s show-stealing goal, and all the others, here: