Crew SC climbs back into Eastern Conference lead again

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COLUMBUS -- Columbus Crew SC continued their hot start to the 2017 season at the expense of previously-unbeaten Toronto FC, and vaulted back atop the Eastern Conference standings in the process.

The Crew now unbeaten in four games at home. They answered an early Toronto goal with two of their own and they did not collapse late, which was an issue in a sub-par 2016 season.

Jozy Altidore's corner-kick header from outside the box staked the Reds to a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, but Federico Higuain -- back from an ankle knock that sidelined him for a week -- had a pair of secondary assists as Columbus came back to win 2-1 on Saturday night in the first match of the Trillium Cup series.

Ola Kamara equalized with a tap-in in the 37th minute, and Justin Meram connected with a side-footer from close range in the 44th for the match-winner.

Despite Toronto's previously-unbeaten mark, Saturday night's result meant that the Reds -- who had defender Drew Moor sidelined by a heart condition this week -- have won just once (1-1-4) in six matches this year, after their runner-up finish in the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs.

The Crew SC face the homestanding New York Red Bulls Saturday night.

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