Toronto remain top with huge win over Portland

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TORONTO- Justin Morrow scored twice as Toronto scored four second half goals to defeat the Portland Timbers 4-1 at BMO Field.

Nicolas Hasler made his home debut for the Reds while Portland were without their main striker Faenando Adi.

Giovinco came close with a free kick early on but Jack Gleeson got down fast to deny the Italian.

The first half was short on action; one injury for each team as Nick Hagglund’s knee injury is back, and Timbers’ goalie Jack Gleeson went off with a hamstring injury.

Toronto opened the scoring in the 58th minute when Justin Morrow smashed the ball near post to make it 1-0 for the league leaders.

Just ten minutes later, Victor Vazquez doubled Toronto’s lead when Giovinco cut the ball back to the Spaniard whose shot went through the keepers legs.

As if the game couldn’t get better for Toronto, Morrow got his second goal of the game when he slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to get his 5th goal of the season.

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Marky Delgado made it 4-0 in the dying minutes after a great performance.

Diego Valeri got the Timbers a consolation goal in the last minute to ruin the clean sheet for Alex Bono.

The 4-1 keeps TFC top of the MLS going into next week’s showdown with Chicago Fire.

Starting lineups:

Toronto FC: Bono; Mavinga, Hagglund, Zavaleta; Hasler, Bradley, Vazquez, Delgado, Morrow; Giovinco, Altidore.

Subs: Hernandez 19′, Osorio 80′, Ricketts 83′.

Portland Timbers: Gleeson; Powell, Mabiala, Olum, Vytas; Guzman, Chara; Nagbe, Valeri, Blanco; Mattocks.

Subs: Attinella 17′, Asprilla 71′, Ebobisse 75′.

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