COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nick Soolsma and Ryan Johnson scored in the first half, and Julian De Guzman got the game-winner in the 83rd minute to help Toronto FC beat the Columbus Crew for the first time, 4-2 on Saturday night.
Danny Koevermans sealed the win with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time for Toronto (5-12-12), which came in 0-5-7 against the Crew since joining the league in 2007.
"It's nice for the fans that we finally win against Columbus but it's also nice for the team because it's our first away victory," Toronto coach Aron Winter said of the team's 1-8-6 road mark.
Tommy Heinemann scored in the 67 minute and Andres Mendoza pulled Columbus (11-9-7) to 3-2 in the 87th. The Crew lost their second straight and fell into a tie with Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference.
"It's disappointing. It's embarrassing to tell you the truth," Crew defender Chad Marshall said. "To come back here after a week off against the worst team in the league and give up four goals, that's not good enough."
Toronto was last in the Eastern Conference and trailed the Crew by 16 points entering the game but improved to 1-4-2 in Columbus after scoring just five goals in the previous six trips.
Toronto goalie Stefan Frei left the game after a collision with Columbus forward Emilio Renteria just before Heinemann got the Crew on the scoreboard.
"When it was 2-1 there was a lot of quality," Winter said. "It could have gone 3-1 or it's going to be tied. We responded very well. After Stefan got injured there was a period of five, 10 minutes we were a little but lucky."