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The good, the bad & the ugly: Columbus Crew 2-1 Toronto FC

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A committed couch potato’s view of the Reds’ first loss of the season.

MLS: Toronto FC at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The good

Nick Hagglund’s play. He did more than an admirable job filling in for Drew Moor... Michael Bradley’s energy. He seemed to be part of every play... the Crew supporters’ ‘yellow soccer team’ chant (‘Yellow Submarine’)... Josh Williams being subbed on in the second half. Although brief, it was nice to see him get some minutes... Sebastian Giovinco’s shot, leading to an even better save by Zack Steffen... Terry Dunfield’s analysis highlighting Jozy Altidore’s strong play along the goal line, which led to TFC’s corner and subsequent goal... Victor Vazquez communicating with his teammates and directing traffic in midfield... Vazquez’s smart pass to Jonathan Osorio that led to a Toronto free-kick at the top of the penalty area... Wil Trapp’s name. ‘Will trap’ what? Raccoons? Mice? Maybe at Mapfre Stadium.

The bad

Why doesn’t Toronto place someone on the posts when defending a corner? Isn’t that one of the first lessons at an under-12 practice?... Harrison Afful’s yellow bandage. A chicken-cooking injury? Surgery? Really?... Armando Cooper rolling around on the turf in an attempt to draw a foul... Altidore not being able to chest Raheem Edwards’ pass…Ola Kamara’s crazy butt-shaking dance after scoring Columbus’ first goal... Alex Bono constantly spitting into his gloves. How much moisture does that actually add? Can we buy him a spray bottle from the dollar store?... Why can’t TSN splurge on plane tickets, or a rental car, for Luke Wileman and Steven Caldwell to call the game from Columbus?... Justin Morrow’s ‘almost-penalty’ tackle in the second half. The referee could have called it against TFC. Luckily, he didn’t... Osorio and Edwards’ giveaway in their own end in the 75th minute. If not for a quick right foot from Morrow, it could have been three goals against... Moor’s medical condition. Get well soon, Drew!

The ugly

Mapfre Stadium. More bleachers than a Javex laboratory... Eriq Zavaleta’s brain fart on the first Crew goal... the lighting at Mapfre. It wasn’t Earth Hour. Couldn’t someone have screwed in another light bulb?... Chris Mavinga’s foot injury. Conspiracy Theorist has his doubts... TFC’s defence constantly retreating and giving up valuable real estate... the “we love you, and where you go we’ll follow” chant by Crew supporters. It went on forever! I still can’t get it out of my head... those neon-pink ‘Ball Kid’ t-shirts... the most expensive seats in Columbus are folding chairs. Seriously. Do you get to take them home? Probably wouldn’t want to. The mice might follow. “They’ll follow, they’ll follow…”