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Columbus Crew
CLB
Final
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Toronto FC
TOR
Saturday, April 5, 20146:00 PM
Columbus Crew StadiumMLS Regular SeasonPartly CloudyMLS LIVE,Sportsnet 360,TWCSC-OHAttendance: 12045

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 85'TORIssey Nakajima-Farran
  • Justin Morrow
 11'TORMichael Bradley
  • Mark Bloom
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 34'TOR Mark BloomFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

None

 81'CLB
Ethan Finlay (F)
Dominic Oduro (F)
 78'TOR
Andrew Wiedeman (F)
Álvaro Rey (M)
 74'CLB
Jairo Arrieta (F)
Tony Tchani (M)
 73'TOR
Jeremy Hall (M)
Michael Bradley (M)
 69'TOR
Issey Nakajima-Farran (M)
Dwayne De Rosario (F)
 67'CLB
Justin Meram (M)
Josh Williams (D)

Starting Formations

1Clark3Williams5Gonzalez4Parkhurst14Francis20Trapp6Tchani12Jiménez10Higuaín7Anor8OduroM22492813192130Julio César28Bloom16Orr17Hagglund2Morrow11Jackson8Bekker4Bradley23Rey14De Rosario9GilbertoM2025632331222RAA4

Lineups

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Columbus Crew
1GSteve Clark
3DJosh Williams
5DGiancarlo Gonzalez
4DMichael Parkhurst
14DWaylon Francis
20MWil Trapp
6MTony Tchani
12MHéctor Jiménez
10MFederico Higuaín
7MBernardo Anor
8FDominic Oduro
Toronto FC
30GJulio César
28DMark Bloom
16DBradley Orr
17DNick Hagglund
2DJustin Morrow
11MJackson
8MKyle Bekker
4MMichael Bradley
23MÁlvaro Rey
14FDwayne De Rosario
9FGilberto
Bench
2Tyson Wahl
24Agustin Viana
9Justin Meram
28Matt Lampson
13Ethan Finlay
19Jairo Arrieta
21Chad Barson
 
20Issey Nakajima-Farran
25Jeremy Hall
6Gale Agbossoumonde
32Andrew Wiedeman
33Ryan Richter
12Joe Bendik
22Jordan Hamilton
Managers
  Gregg Berhalter
 
  Ryan Nelsen
OFFICIALS

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RefereeIsmail Elfath  
Assistant RefereeGeorge Ganser  
Assistant RefereeJason White  
Fourth OfficialSorin Stoica  
Saturday, April 5, 2014
6:00 PM
Columbus Crew Stadium
MLS LIVE,Sportsnet 360,TWCSC-OH

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite fielding a weakened starting lineup, Toronto FC were able to knock off the only remaining perfect MLS team, beating the Columbus Crew 2-0 at Crew Stadium on Saturday in a game highlighted by an early Michael Bradley goal.

The match pitting Gregg Berhalter's upstart Crew and Toronto's star-studded roster was marred before the game began by Toronto's absences. The Reds' prolific Designated Player Jermain Defoe missed the match due to injury, while captain Steven Caldwell served a one-game suspension. Rookie Nick Hagglund started the match in the center of defense alongside Bradley Orr, and Kyle Bekker got a rare start in place of the injured Jonathan Osorio.

Building off of his dominant midweek performance against Mexico, Bradley opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Mark Bloom found a streaking Bradley down the right side of the Columbus defense, and Toronto's captain took goalkeeper Steve Clark by surprise on a shot from a tight angle near the endline, putting it through the 'keeper's legs and into the side netting.

The remainder of the first half was frenetic for both sides. A plague of turnovers in the middle of the field prevented the Crew from playing the possessing brand of soccer that they prefer, while Toronto largely relied on those giveaways to start attacks that often ended in crucial tackles by Columbus defenders Michael Parkhurst and Giancarlo González.

For the second week in a row, the Crew went into the locker room trailing at the half, and much like the Seattle match, the team responded after halftime by controlling the opening minutes after intermission.

Though they couldn't muster an early goal in the second, a foul on Federico Higuaín gave the Crew a dangerous free kick in the 49th minute. Bernardo Añor knuckled a hard shot, but Júlio César punched the driven ball away, preserving the Toronto lead.

Midway through the half, Toronto seemed comfortable with their lead, and largely played to contain the Crew attack. For long stretches, Columbus passed the ball around in the Toronto third and pumped crosses into the box, but very few attacks had any merit, and most fell harmlessly by the wayside.

A flurry of action in the final ten minutes saw the Crew squander several more chances after loading the field with attackers to deal with the defensive-minded Toronto. Last week's hero Justin Meram and Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta couldn't provide enough offense, and despite a flood of attacking movements, Columbus couldn't find a goal.

Completely against the run of play, Toronto forward Issey Nakajima-Farran came off the bench for his first MLS appearance, found space on the counterattack and clipped home a Justin Morrow cross in the 85th minute to put the match out of reach for the visitors, clinching the TFC win and handing the Crew their first loss of the Berhalter era, giving both teams a 3-1-0 record.

Next week, the Crew travel to San Jose April 13 to face the Earthquakes, while Toronto host the Colorado Rapids on April 12.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Michael Bradley Fresh off his USMNT performance, Bradley was dominant and led a seemingly-undermanned TFC to the win
2 Bradley Orr Shook off an apparent injury to keep the clean sheet on the road, in a new position, alongside a rookie. Not bad
3 Julio Cesar Made a few key stops when Toronto needed them, preserving the clean sheet for the visitors