COLUMBUS- Columbus Crew ended Toronto FC’s five game unbeaten run last night with a 2-1 comeback win over the eastern conference champions.
Team news for the sides; Higuain and Afful returned to the starting lineup, while draft pick Hansen made his first MLS start. Will Trapp made his 100th MLS appearance. For Toronto, Raheem Edwards replaced Drew Moor which saw Morrow go to the back three.
Toronto started the game off well, keep possession for the first 20 minutes and limiting the Crew to many chances.
Eventually the pressure paid off when Victor Vazquez crossed in the ball which found Jozy Altidore who headed home for his third goal of the season.
A minute after going a goal up, Altidore nearly doubled Toronto’s lead with another fine chance. Then within the same minute, Steffen made a great save on Giovinco’s curling shot.
Columbus equalized in the 37th minute through Ola Kamara who was open in the box to tap home.
TFC’s end to the first half got worse when Justin Meram scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Crew the lead. Halftime, 2-1 for Columbus.
The Reds’ had a decent start to the second half with chances from Giovinco, Vazquez and Hagglund, but still nothing to get the back in the game.
Ricketts and Cheyrou came on late to try and salvage a point for Toronto but they were unable to keep their unbeaten streak alive.
Columbus move back to the top of the conference with a 2-1 win over Toronto. The defeat was TFC’s first loss away from home since July 2016 against San Jose.
Toronto have a 3-game-home-stand coming up now which starts next Friday against high-flying Chicago Fire.
Columbus will travel to Red Bull Arena to face the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.
The eastern conference champions have one win from six games, but looking back at Seattle’s start to last season, anything is possible.