By RYAN TOLMICH
It was viewed as a battle of two heavyweights. On one side was the Columbus Crew, undefeated and coming off of a potentially season-defining 90th minute winner over Seattle. On the other, Toronto FC, the big-money side who were humbled in their last contest with a 3-0 beating at the hands of Real Salt Lake.
However, unfortunately for Crew fans, it was Toronto FC whose punches found their way through. The Canadian side earned a 2-0 victory, ending the opposition’s early season run despite the absence of star striker Jermain Defoe.
It was TFC’s other big name acquisition, Michael Bradley, who led they way this time. The American international struck first with his goal in the 11th minute, leading the way for Issey Nakajima-Farran’s game-sealer in the 85th. With the victory, Toronto FC earned the bounce-back victory they so desperately needed, as well as honors as this weeks SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Toronto FC beat out FC Dallas, Colorado and the LA Galaxy for this week’s honors.
What did you think of Toronto FC’s performance? Are they truly an MLS Cup contender? Who stood out to you in MLS Week Four?
Share your thoughts below.
FC Dallas destroyed an in-state rival in the Texas Derby, coming back from a 1-1 tie to win 4-1 away to Houston, showing how much they have improved this season from last.
Dallas is looking dangerous this year for sure… Diaz is shining – but Dallas could have won going into that game, whereas toronto had no business winning considering the crew were 3-0, and the leading goalscorer and the 2 starting CB’s weren’t there… Think that deserves alot of consideration – depth was an issue before the year even began for the reds, and i think they showed they at least can compete with their bench
I hear you. Dallas was also without George John and Andrew Jacobson, and Texiera started ahead of Blas Perez. Kellyn Acosta was also switched for Zach Lloyd for his first start of the season.
The competition was just too good this week. Colorado also played a great game.
I want to see how TFC does vs Sporting KC.
It was too early to write them off as over-rated after last weekend’s performance, and still too early to say they are cup contenders after beating a strangly off-game effort from Columbus… That being said, Toronto was organized enough in the back to keep forcing the game wide, and Columbus could do nothing with the crosses from the flanks. Good game plan (although risky) led to a good performance, and forced the patchwork back line to show they can stand up to that kind of pressure – amazing defensive game from Jackson also showed his importance to the team on that side of the ball; something they lacked considerably in the RSL game
“Il Generale” keeps showing why he’s the class of this league; big part as to why they have 9 points from 4 games (2 wins away) – Toronto has already tied their total away wins from last year… Can we say most improved team by far?