Photos: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC
Columbus Crew returned to Historic Crew Stadium on Saturday as pantomime villain Michael Bradley and his Toronto FC fell to an early onslaught as the home side picked up all three points with a 2-1 win.
The re-rebranded Crew hit the ground running and looked to carry the momentum of last week’s dramatic win as they took the early attack to Toronto and after 12th minute, picked up their first goal.
Sprinting from his own half, Luis Diaz was able to pick up Pedro Santos’ through ball that left the Costa Rican winger one-on-one with Toronto ‘keeper Alex Bono. Luckily for Crew fans, Diaz was able to keep his cool and slot the ball into the goal.
Gyasi Zardes thought he’d doubled the lead moments later but was flagged for offside. Undeterred, the U.S. forward once again put the ball into the goal shortly after that, and following a quick VAR check the goal was correctly given, marking the 50th goal for Zardes with the Crew.
Toronto pulled one back in the second half when Richie Laryea managed to get the ball past a frustrated Eloy Room in the Crew goal, but it would be the Crew ‘keeper that would get the last laugh when his diving save stopped a last-minute effort from Michael Bradley.
Next up for Columbus Crew is the visit of Chicago Fire on June 19.
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Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found on his Instagram.
All photos by Matt Ellis