Columbus Crew 2-2 TFC
It would have been a disappointing night for Greg Vanney and his TFC side, as they needed a late Jozy Altidore goal to secure a point against a struggling Columbus Crew side.
Altidore’s 90th-minute header meant that the reds had to make do with a single point. One that keeps them on the playoff bubble. However, the win would have solidified their place. The result means that Toronto have now gone three games without a win in the MLS.
It wasn’t just the result. The performance also left plenty to be desired. TFC looked lethargic at both ends of the field for most of the match. It will certainly ensure there are plenty of questions regarding tactics and personnel coming the way of Vanney over the next seven days.
The match started well for TFC. Jonathan Osorio had put the travelling reds ahead. But, goals from Pedro Santos and David Accam ensured that the Toronto advantage was quickly overturned.
The first half was a slog between two sides that knew how damaging a loss would be to their seasons. Crew nor Toronto wanted to give much away, and neither really pressed to try and get the opener.
However, it was to end with a moment of magic from Osorio. Altidore threaded a delightful pass to the Canadian, which enabled him to burst through of goal and smash the ball into the back of the net. It was his fourth goal of the season.
The lead didn’t last long, however. Santos scored an incredible volley three minutes into the second half before Accam put the hosts ahead with eight minutes remaining. Vanney would have been particularly concerned with the ease that the Crew man had in getting into a goalscoring position.
There was still drama ahead. Altidore salvaged the point when he latched onto a brilliant cross from Auro. The goal may be crucial come to the end of the season, but at the final whistle, both sets of players looked dejected.