Federico Higuain scored on either side of the intermission on Saturday as the Columbus Crew claimed a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Coming off an efficient 2-0 win over New York last week, the Crew came out confident and looking to push the pace. They earned their first great chance of the match just four minutes in as Chad Marshall got a free header away in the box following a free kick, but it went wide of the left post.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Bernardo Anor got on the end of a loose ball in the Toronto penalty area and ripped a clean shot on target. TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik made the save, but Higuain was there to pound home the rebound.
Columbus put the result away in the 67th minute with some excellent forward play as Jairo Arrieta collected the ball in midfield and launched up field. He laid the ball off to Higuain just outside the box and the Argentine beat Bendik with a beautiful chip for his second goal of the match.
Toronto FC had a couple more chances, but was unable to get one through the Crew backline.
The result sees Columbus earn a second consecutive victory for the first time this season, while Toronto FC have lost two straight matches.