Impressive performance from Richie Laryea helps Toronto FC to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew

Nathan Fernandes
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Canadian fullback Richie Laryea grabbed himself a goal and two assists as Toronto FC rallied in the second half to defeat the league-leading Columbus Crew SC 3-1 on Sunday night.

With this win, Toronto (8-2-4) has now extended their unbeaten streak to four games to pull them to within two points of the Columbus Crew who sit atop in the Eastern Conference standings.

While Toronto FC had slightly more possession in the first half, it was Columbus who had the better chances and lead 1-0 at the break from an own goal from Toronto FC defender Chris Mavinga. The Congolese defender misjudged a dangerous pass from Pedro Santos, getting the wrong foot to it, putting the ball past Quentin Westberg handing the Crew the lead just before halftime.

Toronto made some much-needed adjustments at the break, immediately looking the more threatening team as the game resumed. Not long after Toronto FC equalized in the 48th minute through Jozy Altidore with his second goal of the 2020 campaign. Pozuelo flicked the ball into the path of Jozy Altidore who fired from the top of the 18-yard box into the top right corner.

Alejandro Pozuelo who leads the MLS with 9 assists scored to take the 2-1 lead with a shot from the just outside the arc. The Spaniard has now scored in his last three straight matches. 

Richie Laryea, a Toronto native capped off a dominant performance from the reds with a great run down the right side, dribbling past 4 Columbus defenders and finding the finish from a tight angle to make it 3-1.

The match at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut was the first of Toronto's six "home" games. All three Canadian MLS teams have been forced to find a home away from home, because of travel restrictions preventing American teams from crossing the Canadian border due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto FC's next match is on Saturday, October 3rd as they take on the Philidelphia Union at 7:30 pm ET