MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Toronto FC|
(Saturday, May 2, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 1, Toronto FC 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chad Barrett scored his second goal of the year
in the 64th minute and Toronto FC tied the winless Columbus Crew, 1-1, at BMO
Field on Saturday in MLS.
Toronto rookie goalie Stefan Frei, who posted two shutouts last week, had seven
saves - including a few crucial ones late in the match.
TFC (3-2-3) is unbeaten in four straight in Canada, and three overall. The Crew
(0-2-5) blew another lead - they also blew a one-goal lead against Toronto last
month - as the defending MLS Cup champions failed again to earn new boss Robert
Warzycha his first win.
Columbus, which blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire last
week, was strong in the first half but failed to score. Columbus defender Chad
Marshall had a ball cleared off the line by Toronto's Pablo Vitti in the 20th,
and Robbie Rogers missed an open net in the 40th.
Columbus broke the deadlock early in the second half when Emmanuel Ekpo pounced
on a mistake to scored unassisted. Ekpo squeezed by TFC defenders Jim Brennan
and Marco Velez, and then dribbled around Frei to slot into the right side in
the 54th minute.
Toronto scored 10 minutes later, though, when Amado Guevara and Sam Cronin set
up Barrett for the tying goal. Guevara fed Cronin down the left side and Cronin
crossed over three Crew defenders to an open Barrett, who headed past Columbus
goalie Andy Gruenebaum.
"We didn't play well enough in the first half. We went to a four-four-two, and
Sammy made a great play and got it to Chris for the goal," Toronto coach Chris
Cummins said. "I think we did deserve a draw."
Frei had his shutout streak ended at 240 minutes - the second longest in club
history - but made two big saves in the final 25 minutes to preserve the point.
He denied Marshall on a header in the 68th minute, and then stopped Pat Noonan
on a one-on-one chance in the 79th.
"We deserved the one point," Warzycha said. "We were trying to get three ... we
have to get better defending. We've just got to get a little better.
"We had a good performance. We just have to work a little harder."
TFC will try to extend its unbeaten streak on May 9 when it visits D.C. United,
while Columbus will have to wait until May 17 to try and earn its first win at
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