Columbus Decent, Reds Worse
- George Pennington
- Sun Mar 28 2010, 4:10pm GMT
The Columbus Crew started its 2010 Supporter's Shield defense yesterday by beating rival Toronto FC 2-0 at Crew Stadium.
Star forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto, almost a fond memory after difficult contract negotiations in the offseason, led a formidable offense. First blood was drawn in the 29th minute as Andy Iro scored a header from Schelotto's well placed free kick.
In the 87th minute, thanks to the work of teammate Danny O’Rourke, "Guille" secured the three points after finding himself with the ball in front of an open net.
This game meant a few things for Columbus: a winning start in a new season, a three point lead in the Trillium Cup standings, and confidence in a forward who almost did not return.
Toronto, suffering a rough past few seasons, will have their work cut out for them. Forward Dwayne DeRosario was not much of a factor yesterday, and the midfield had a difficult time maintaining a cohesive rhythm. If Toronto is to improve this season, they need to seek stability in the midfield and a stronger defense in the box.
The Black and Gold remain undefeated against the Reds with a lifetime record of 5-0-5.