The game in 100 words (or less): In what might just be a sneak peek of the 2015 Eastern Conference finals, Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC played to a thrilling 3-3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night, and all the big names played their part in making sure the affair lived up to the hype. Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay bagged four of the six goals on the night, as both sides crept a little closer to pace-setting D.C. United at the top of the East standings. TFC, running with three at the back, went down 3-0 just after the halftime restart, but showed the kind of unwavering resilience during the final 40 minutes to earn one of the best points of any team in Major League Soccer this season.
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Three moments that mattered
36′ — Tchani hammers home from outside the box — Even when Ethan Finlay messes up, the man picks up an assist these days. On this occasion, Finlay’s poor first touch ended in a Crew SC goal, despite the fact he booted the ball in the complete opposite direction to which he meant. Tony Tchani pounced on the loose ball and blasted his curling effort past Joe Bendik to make it 2-0 early on.
50 — Giovinco’s volley puts TFC on the board — Giovinco does what Giovinco does, you know? Collen Warner hit the perfect diagonal ball into the penalty area, where the Atomic Ant was waiting patiently. He made no mistake with what is an insane bit of skill.
88′ — Altidore draws a PK and converts for 3-3 — Jozy Altidore is a big man, while Waylon Francis is quite diminutive in comparison. So, when Francis makes the slightest bit of contact with Altidore, the TFC striker shouldn’t flail to the ground like Adebayo Akinfenwa just clubbed him from behind. Anyway, Fotis Bazakos bought the acting and awarded TFC a late penalty, which Altidore converted himself.
Columbus Crew SC: Clark, Francis, Wahl, Parkhurst, Barson, Tchani, Trapp, Meram (Steindorsson 66′), Higuain (Saeid 78′), Finlay (Cedrick 86′), Kamara
Goals: Kamara (17′), Tchani (36′), Finlay (47′)
Toronto FC: Bendik, Morrow, Perquis, Zavaleta, Lovitz, Cheyrou (Osorio 82′), Warner, Jackson, Delgado (Chapman 90+4′), Altidore, Giovinco (Findley 90+2′)
Goals: Giovinco (50′), Warner (55′), Altidore (89′ – PK)