Phantom Red Card aside, Toronto FC reminded supporters that there are still plenty of flaws in this team that even Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore cannot solve. Even before Justin Morrow was sent off at the end of the first half, Toronto had been completely outclassed. A 2-0 loss was a fair indication of their efforts, and it could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for Joe Bendik and the frame of his net. Toronto are now 1-1-0 on the season.
Justin Meram scored the first goal of the game and the season for Columbus Crew on a brilliant header set up by Ethan Finlay. Kei Kamara doubled the lead just four minutes later, continuing his reputation as a TFC killer. Steve Clark had the clean sheet for the Crew, although was rarely tested.
Further analysis of this match will be up shortly, until then I guess Joe Bendik has reclaimed this space as his early saves were the only real highlight for the club.
CLB- Meram (Finlay) 57'
CLB- Kamara (Francis) 61'
TFC- Morrow (Red) 45'+1
CLB- George (Yellow) 85'
Toronto FC: 1-1-0 (3 pts)
Columbus: 1-1-0 (3 pts)
Toronto FC- Bendik, Creavalle, Perquis, Caldwell (Hagglund 45'), Bloom, Cheyrou, Bradley, Osorio (Morgan 45'), Giovinco (Warner 86'), Findley, Altidore
Unused Subs: Konopka, Zavaleta, Delgado, Moore
Columbus Crew- Clark, Grana (Steindorsson 83'), Pogatelz, Parkhurst, Francis, Saeid (George 76'), Trapp, Finlay (Jimenez 69'), Higuain, Meram, Kamara
Unused Subs: Lampson, Wahl, Klute, Shoenfeld