Toronto FC has won their third Trillium Cup. More importantly, they have picked up another big three points in the Eastern Conference with an emphatic 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.
Sebastian Giovinco,Tsubasa Endoh and Jozy Altidore had the goals for Toronto FC, as the atomic ant continued his rapid climb up the MLS Golden Boot standings. Alex Bono had his second ever clean sheet in the Toronto FC goal.
Toronto FC caught an early break when a shot from Giovinco was deflected off of the back of Endoh and into the Columbus net. The rookie midfielder knew little about it, but will be happy to claim what was a huge early goal for TFC. It was his second goal of the season, and first since the club's home opener in May.
The goal should have spurred the team forward, but they failed to press their advantage directly after scoring. The Crew looked dangerous shortly thereafter, and came within an offside flag of tieing the game. They had several other chances as well with Toronto FC struggling to move the ball through the midfield.
The Crew couldn't capitalise, however, and let Toronto FC off the hook. Toronto thanked them for it by doubling their lead. This time, it was Giovinco who was credited for his work, finishing off a brilliant move right up the gut of the Columbus Crew backline. Jay Chapman provided a very solid assist, laying the ball off to Giovinco.
Toronto was a little bit lucky to be up 2-0 at halftime, but they were undoubtedly the better team in the first half. The club had not lost this season, at a perfect 5-0 when leading at halftime.
The club looked to build on their advantage in the second half when Jozy Altidore was introduced to the game. They were incredibly unlucky not to find a third midway through the half when Giovinco hit two posts and Altidore had a goal ruled offside. It was, however, a sequence that reminded everyone of what the pair can do together.
The would provide more definitive proof in the dying moments of the match as Giovinco found Altidore in the box, and the American striker scored his first goal of the season. His shot deflected off of a Columbus defender, but Altidore surely won't mind. It was the second straight game Toronto FC has won by three goals.
With the win, Toronto FC moves up into third in the Eastern Conference, with games in hand on the teams ahead of them. They have two more matches this week, taking on Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and the New England Revolution on Saturday.