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MLS Game Summary - Toronto FC at Columbus



(Saturday, March 27, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Columbus 2, Toronto FC 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Guillermo Barros Schelotto had a goal and an assist, leading the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday at Crew Stadium in the MLS season opener for both clubs.

Schelotto set up Andy Iro's 29th-minute goal, then added the clinching goal in the 87th. Columbus extended its undefeated streak in season openers to six and spoiled Preki's debut as Toronto FC coach.

Columbus grabbed the lead with just over 15 minutes left in the first half off a free kick from Schelotto. He drove the ball in from the right and Iro headed inside the left post from seven yards. Iro started for Chad Marshall, who sat out with an injury.

Martin Saric, who just signed Friday, had Toronto's best chance in the opening half but his left-footed shot from 20 yards was saved by Crew goalie William Hesmer.

Toronto was without injured striker Chad Barrett, and failed to solve Columbus before Schelotto put the match away in the closing minutes.

Columbus defender Danny O'Rourke and Toronto goalie Stefan Frei collided, and the ball popped loose. Toronto defender Nick Garcia attempted to clear but the ball found Schelotto, who had an easy finish for his first goal of the year.

Schelotto, the 2008 MLS MVP, led Columbus with 12 goals last season.

Both clubs are off next week, but resume play April 10 when Columbus visits FC Dallas and Toronto FC visits the New England Revolution.

03/27 20:23:09 ET