Canadian fullback Richie Laryea had a goal and two assists as Toronto FC rallied in the second half to defeat league-leading Columbus Crew SC 3-1 in a battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights Sunday.
Alejandro Pozuelo contributed a goal and an assist to help Toronto end Columbus’ six-game unbeaten streak while extending its own undefeated run to four (3-0-1).
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Laryea had a hand in Toronto’s first two goals and then scored on a brilliant solo effort in the 76th, dancing past two defenders before firing home a shot from a tight angle.
It was a game of two halves.
While Toronto (8-2-4) had slightly more of the ball in the first half, Columbus had the better chances and led 1-0 at the break. But TFC came out flying in the second, imposing its will and showing off its championship credentials.
Columbus (9-2-3) went ahead in the 40th minute on a Chris Mavinga own goal. A fine Pedro Santos ball, aimed at Gyasi Zardes, landed between Mavinga and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg just outside the six-yard box. A sliding Mavinga’s attempted clearance went into the goal.
Red Bulls down Impact
Tom Barlow scored twice to help the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact 4-1 on Sunday night.
Barlow pulled New York (6-6-2) even at 1 in the 14th minute on a well-placed cross from Mandela Egbo and made it 2-1 in the 35th off a back-of-the-heel pass from Daniel Royer.
WATCH | Barlow’s 2 goals leads Red Bulls past Impact:
Royer connected in the 56th, and Kaku in the 57th.
Bojan scored for Montreal on a long shot in the fourth minute. The Impact (5-8-1) entered the game with just 19 players due to injury.