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Toronto FC drops tenth straight with loss to Columbus Crew

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Diego Rossi scored early, Jacen Russell-Rowe used an help from goalkeeper Patrick Schulte to attain late and the Columbus Crew handed Toronto its tenth straight loss in all competitions, upping their unbeaten streak at residence to 12 with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night time.

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Rossi discovered the web in his second look and first begin for Columbus (12-7-6) in his return to Main League Soccer, scoring unassisted within the twenty first minute to offer the Crew a 1-0 lead. Rossi scored 48 targets for Los Angeles FC from 2018-21 earlier than heading abroad to play for Turkey’s Fenerbahce S.Ok.

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Russell-Rowe used a cross from Schulte within the 89th minute to attain his fourth aim of the season.

Schulte completed with three saves to earn the clear sheet for Columbus. Tomas Romero had six saves in his third begin of the season for Toronto (3-13-10).

The Crew beat Toronto for a 3rd straight time at residence after going 2-3-5 within the first 10 residence conferences within the collection.

Toronto turns into the fourth group in league historical past to lose 10 straight in all competitions. Cincinnati set the file at 14 spanning the 2021-22 seasons.

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“Yeah, it was one other tough consequence,” mentioned Toronto interim head coach Terry Dunfield. “Once more, the same story to our earlier matches; that the targets we conceded have been pointless and we’re higher than that in these moments. I believed tonight, in opposition to an excellent aspect in Columbus, we created 5 – 6 excellent alternatives, and we should always have scored one or two.”

Dunfield mentioned he tried to stay optimistic after the loss.

“My message after the sport was, ‘Thanks in your efforts tonight.’ I believed our boys labored our ass off as now we have achieved for the previous 9 weeks.

“If we hold creating alternatives like that, we’re going to begin scoring. We’re going to begin scoring constantly two, three targets, and I’m gutted for the blokes; the 2 we gave up have been powerful ones.”

The Crew are 9-0-3 of their final 12 contests at residence and 16-1-7 of their final 24. Columbus has had seven unbeaten streaks of 11 or extra at residence because the begin of the 2016 season.

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