TORONTO (AP) -- Bernardo Anor scored in the 56th minute and the
Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Saturday.
The opportunistic Anor put the Crew in front after Toronto
captain Julian de Guzman lost possession in midfield. Columbus
drove toward the goal and, after a nice give and go, a clearing
attempt by defender Logan Emory bounced straight back to Anor,
who banged it in from close range.
Columbus (2-1-0) improved to 2-0-5 at BMO Field.
Toronto FC (0-3-0) is winless in MLS play but is just one game
away from the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Toronto FC striker Danny Koevermans had a good chance in the
11th minute when a poor clearance went straight to him near the
penalty spot. But his shot went straight at goalie Andy
"I think everybody saw that we were the better team," Koevermans
said. "We played better, we had more chances. And they had a
penalty kick and the goal, which was a mistake by us."
Columbus was awarded a penalty kick in the 41st minute when
referee Geoff Gamble called a foul on Toronto defender Ty Harden
as Crew forward Olman Vargas went down in the box as the ball
headed out of play.
Harden vehemently disputed the call and the Toronto coaches were
up in arms on the sidelines. Goalkeeper Milos Kocic then stepped
up and stopped Milovan Mirosevic's kick, palming it away
acrobatically to his right.
"I watched their penalties and I knew where he was going to go,
so that helped," Kocic said. "I did my homework."
It was Toronto's third match in a week, with two more to come in
the next seven days. In contrast, Columbus had played just once
since its season opener March 10.
It was a challenging game for Gruenebaum, who got a wakeup call
when Koevermans slammed into him on a high ball. The Toronto
player was penalized and Gruenebaum took his time clearing the
The Crew goalie took another shot in the 31st minute when Ryan
Johnson barreled into him on another high ball in the box.
Toronto substitute Eric Avila had a chance to tie it in the 72nd
after a nice through ball sent him in alone but he ran out of
room and Gruenebaum blocked his shot.
"We played decent, very well," Toronto FC coach Aron Winter
said. "I can't change it. The only thing is that we played three
games in the league and we've got zero points and all of the
games we played well and that is the big difference. ... Nobody
has to panic."