MLS Game Summary - Toronto FC vs. Columbus|
(Saturday, March 29, 2008)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 2, Toronto FC 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Adam Moffat and Alejandro Moreno had goals and
Will Hesmer saved a penalty kick to lead Columbus to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC
on Saturday in the MLS season opener.
Moffat scored the first goal of the new season in the 26th minute and, after a
great diving save by Hesmer on the penalty kick, cleared the ball off the line
to preserve the lead.
Moreno, who led the team last year with seven goals, sealed the victory in the
76th minute as the Crew improved to 3-0-1 all-time against TFC.
Toronto, which was supported by nearly 2,500 fans who traveled to Crew Stadium
from Canada, equaled Columbus with 13 shots but couldn't solve Hesmer, who had
five shutouts last season.
Hesmer made his first key play in the eighth minute, smothering a deflection
in front of the net with Toronto's Colin Samuel just a step away.
One of Toronto's best scoring chances was five minutes later when striker Jeff
Cunningham narrowly missed a shot on goal before Todd Dunivant fired high from
a tough angle.
Columbus tested Toronto rookie goalie Brian Edwards, who was drafted from Wake
Forest, for the first time in the 19th minute. Robbie Rogers and Guillermo
Barros Schelotto made a nice passing combination that led to a solid shot from
Rogers and a nice save from Edwards.
The Crew broke through in the 26th minute when Moffat scored the first goal in
his MLS career.
After receiving a pass from Brian Carroll, acquired in the offseason from D.C.
United, Moffat chested the ball down, made one touch to set up a shot and beat
Edwards from 28 yards on a one-hopper into the lower left side.
Moffat, who started just one game last season, nearly doubled the lead in the
35th minute but put a header off the crossbar.
Rogers had another solid chance in the 38th minute, teaming with Schelotto for
the second time, but Edwards pushed his shot wide of the near post.
TFC captain Jim Brennan had the first of two great scoring chances off corner
kicks in the 42nd minute but fired high.
Just two minutes later, Toronto was handed a golden opportunity for the tying
goal when Cunningham was pushed to the ground in the box and a penalty kick
Samuel hit the ball low and to the right, but Hesmer dove that way and easily
made the save. The deflection was loose in front of the goal, but Moffat came
in to clear the ball out of danger with Samuel looking to bury the rebound.
Toronto had another great scoring chance early in the second half off another
corner that resulted in a shot from Brennan. Hesmer got in front of the shot,
but it deflected toward the line and Rogers had to clear it out of danger to
save a goal.
Toronto had more possession throughout the early stages of the second half and
brought Danny Dichio, who led the team in scoring last year, and Kevin Harmse
into the game in the 65th minute.
The best scoring chance was set up for Cunningham in the 73rd minute, but with
an open chance in the box, he fired well wide of the left post and failed to
inch closer to 100 career goals - he has 96.
Moreno put the game away three minutes later, running onto a perfect pass from
Eddie Gaven on the left side before beating Edwards inside the right post.
Edwards played well in his first MLS game, making five saves. Hesmer stopped a
total of three shots - none bigger than the penalty.
Toronto (0-1-0) will try to get new coach John Carver his first win April 5 at
D.C. United. Columbus (1-0-0) visits Red Bull New York on April 5.
03/29 18:53:37 ET