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

A committed couch potato’s view of a club-record fifth win in a row.

MLS: Toronto FC at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

Like I’ve said before, champions find a way to win… not one, but two goals in the second half. TFC hasn’t scored many in the last 45 minutes this year… Victor Vazquez’s two assists. His turn and pass on the first goal was sublime. But the tap pass to Ricketts on the second goal was ridiculous… playing a really good road game through the first 26 minutes. A tired team, against a tough opponent, in a tough stadium, TFC’s defensive lines were tight and strong as they looked to hit on the counter… Alex Bono making key decisions to challenge Columbus forwards high in the box… the Crew supporters actually changing up their chants this time. With song parodies of Elvis, the Beatles, Twisted Sister and the Proclaimers (and others), they are a virtual jukebox… Greg Vanney correctly changing his formation midway through the game. It had to be done… Vanney’s substitutions… Raheem Edwards threatening to win the title of ‘super-sub’… speaking of ‘super-sub’, Tosaint Ricketts scoring an aerial goal… Bono’s save off Wil Trapp’s blast in the 50th minute… Nick Hagglund correcting his mistake by racing back and taking a scoring chance away from Ethan Finlay in the 75th minute…the ‘Crew Cat’ banner behind the visitors’ net… the return of Vanney’s shirt. I hope that he hasn’t squeezed all the luck out of it.

The Bad

MLS: Toronto FC at Columbus Crew SC Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Jozy Altidore’s penalty attempt… no Sebastian Giovinco. He has missed a third of TFC’s season so far and needs to step up over the next few games to allow a tired Altidore to rest. All for One… Federico Higuain’s cheeky penalty… Eriq Zavaleta deciding to touch Ola Kamara on the shoulder… Jonathan Osorio’s slow play, both on and off the ball. He’s not the same player that we saw last year, especially late in the season… the constant TV cuts to the sidelines. We don’t need to keep seeing the coaches or the players on the bench… Kristian Jack’s half-time analysis stating that Altidore contributed to the penalty by “running into the keeper”.

The Ugly

MLS: Toronto FC at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The middle third of the match. TFC looked overmatched and confused as they tried to adapt to the mid-game change in formation… 10 corners for Columbus, versus one for Toronto… the empty benches at Mapfre Stadium… the Crew fan mindlessly yelling Higuain’s name in the second half… Vanney’s decision to pull Chris Mavinga before the end of the first half. Mavinga was playing well and as he returned to the bench, Vanney didn’t even stop to shake his hand. What’s going on with those two?