We delve into Toronto FC’s trip to Ohio to face the Columbus Crew, which ended in a frustrating 2-1 loss at Lower.com Field.
Following a disappointing 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls in their home opener, Toronto FC was in desperate need of a boost. A trip to Columbus probably wasn’t what the Doctor would have ordered.
In the end, TFC did themselves proud — especially when you consider they were fielding an under-strength side — but they still suffered a second consecutive league defeat. Here are three takeaways from the 2-1 loss to the Crew, together with other game notes and the quote of the day:
1) Jesus Jimenez continues to prove his worth
Heading into the season, there were understandable concerns about where the goals were going to coming from. Jozy Altidore had left, Ayo Akinola was — and still is — injured, and Lorenzo Insigne wasn’t going to join the club until July.
Step forward Jesus Jimenez. The Spanish forward has already shown he has what it takes to play in MLS, with an assist and a goal in his first two competitive games of the season.
Jimenez continued to prove his worth on Saturday, as he once again showed how clinical and composed he is in front of goal. Alejandro Pozuelo provided the assist via a cross, for his teammate to head home from close range.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the 28-year-old Jimenez didn’t really have any more clear-cut opportunities in the game. In this respect, it remains important for him to continue taking full advantage of any chances which do come his way.
There is no denying that Akinola remains important to TFC and the sooner he is back from his injury, the better. However, he will now have a fight on his hands to start regularly when he does return, because Jimenez appears to be the real deal.