Jim Curtin made the point loud and clear this week that he believes Toronto FC is not just the best team in MLS this year, but one of the best MLS teams of all time.
That point was proven with some force on Wednesday.
Toronto stamped its authority on the game right from the start and never looked back, blowing out the Union, 3-0, at BMO Field.
The Reds (15-3-8, 53 points) had the lead just 10 minutes after kickoff, after superstar forward Sebastian Giovinco drew a foul from Oguchi Onyewu just outside the 18-yard box. Giovinco elegantly swung the ensuing free kick to the top corner at the far post, leaving Union goalkeeper Andre Blake with no chance to make a save.
Bright spots for the Union (8-12-6, 30 points) were few and far between. One came a few moments after Giovinco’s goal. Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin nearly pulled off an audacious chip shot on Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono from near midfield, but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
Toronto’s second goal game from a corner kick just before the half-hour mark. Victor Vazquez served it up, and Nicolas Hasler easily beat Marcus Epps to head the ball in off the crossbar.
U.S. national team star Jozy Altidore added the third goal, capping off a pretty sequence of passes in the 57th minute with a tidy finish.
The Union’s best chances to score came after that. Ilsinho smashed a shot from 25 yards in the 62nd minute that Bono barely tipped off the crossbar, and Bono made another big save on the ensuing corner kick.
Next up for the Union is a home game against Atlanta United on Saturday (7 p.m. TCN). Atlanta surprisingly lost at D.C. United, the East’s worst team, 1-0 on Wednesday.