Toronto FC Off to Winning Start

Derek ViveirosContributor IMarch 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 04: Marvell Wynne #16 of the Toronto FC looks on against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on October 4, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Toronto defeated New York 3-1.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

A formidable away win in Kansas City last week has John Carver's Toronto squad with three points going into the second week of their Major League Soccer schedule.

Their first ever opening day away victory isn't much to brag about. But it does place much needed confidence into the hearts of the Toronto Football Club faithful.

Aside from allowing two remarkable strikes by Davy Arnaud, a solid defensive effort was complemented by a consistent three goal offensive display. Aside from missing a late penalty, Dwayne DeRosario's performance proved why he is the prize acquisition of Mo Johnston's impressive tenure as the mastermind of this franchise.

The combination of "De-Ro" and Amado Guevara kept the Wizards defense on their heels. They controlled possession for most of the game as they spread the ball around the pitch to the starting 11. Guevara's two goals were just a glimpse of what this duo will provide us with this season.

Toronto will now head to Crew Stadium for a Saturday date to take on the defending league champions, Columbus Crew. Columbus began its season by scraping out a point through a Guillermo Barros Schelotto 82nd minute equaliser to draw 1-1 at Houston.

Columbus will be looking to open Crew Stadium on a winning note as they host Toronto in the first leg of the home-and-home series dubbed the Trillium Cup.

Look for these two attacking sides to provide an up-tempo, appealing brand of soccer. Should be interesting to see if Toronto can pull off another huge road win before heading back home to BMO Field, where the best fans in the league anxiously await.