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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Toronto 20 9 5 69
2 NYCFC 16 9 9 57
3 Chicago 16 7 11 55
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Columbus Crew SCColumbus Crew SC
Toronto FCToronto FC
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FT
Leg 1
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 By Jason Davis

Toothless Toronto await Giovinco, Altidore in Eastern Conference final

Columbus Crew and Toronto FC played out a goalless draw in the Eastern Conference final first leg.
Columbus Crew and Toronto FC played out a goalless draw in the Eastern Conference final first leg.

Toronto FC will probably be the happier of the two teams following their goalless draw against Columbus Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final. 

They arrived in Columbus without prolific pair Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, and despite not registering a shot on goal in 90 minutes, the Reds will return home comfortable with the state of the series and their chances of hosting a second consecutive MLS Cup final.

Columbus Crew SCColumbus Crew SC
Toronto FCToronto FC
0
0
FT
Leg 1
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Here are the lessons we learned from the goalless draw in Columbus...

Columbus 'has not kept pace' with Major League Soccer - Michael Bradley

Despite a late rally by Columbus, an opening goal eluded both sides, and they head back to Toronto for a decisive second leg.
Julie Stewart-Binks catches up with Michael Bradley after Toronto FC managed a scoreless first leg at Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley said his team met its stated goal of walking away from the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals "with something," before weighing in on the Crew's future in Columbus.

TFC managed to secure a 0-0 tie against the Crew on a night when it was missing forwards Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco due to suspension. Toronto played a solid first half but then had to withstand a second half push from the Crew that required a stellar save from goalkeeper...

Toronto FC satisfied with scoreless Eastern Conference first leg - Vanney

Despite a late rally by Columbus, an opening goal eluded both sides, and they head back to Toronto for a decisive second leg.
Julie Stewart-Binks catches up with Michael Bradley after Toronto FC managed a scoreless first leg at Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney said Tuesday's 0-0 draw against the Columbus Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals "isn't a perfect result" but one that puts his side in good position where it just needs to win at home in the second leg.

With forwards Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco suspended for the match, Toronto came out in an uncharacteristic four-man backline after playing 3-5-2 for the vast majority of the season. Vanney stuck with the formation for the...

Crew misses chance as short-handed Toronto gets the job done in Columbus

Despite a late rally by Columbus, an opening goal eluded both sides, and they head back to Toronto for a decisive second leg.
Julie Stewart-Binks catches up with Michael Bradley after Toronto FC managed a scoreless first leg at Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC played to a scoreless tie in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.

Both teams struggled to create much in the way of opportunities, though Toronto keeper Alex Bono made a critical save off of Harrison Afful late in the match to keep the score 0-0.

Here are three thoughts on a typically cagey first leg.

1. In new formation, Toronto gets the job done

With 16 days between matches, there was plenty of time not only...