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 was awarded.

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