Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Altidore Scores Twice as TFC Earns First MLS Win of Season, 3-1 over Salt Lake

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Altidore Scores Twice as TFC Earns First MLS Win of Season, 3-1 over Salt Lake

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Altidore scores two in TFC's first win

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TORONTO - Jozy Altidore took it upon himself to end Toronto FC's scoring drought, and finally earn a win.

Altidore scored twice as Toronto earned its first victory of the Major League Soccer season on Friday, a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Tosaint Ricketts scored Toronto's third goal late in injury time.

The fast-paced game also marked the first goals the defending MLS champion Reds (1-2-0) scored this season.

"We've been kind of stuttering the first couple of games of the season, so to finally get some points on the board, it's positive," Altidore said. "We're not in the cellar anymore looking up at everybody else."

Altidore finally notched this season's first goal when he was taken down in the box by Justen Glad and awarded a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. Altidore calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

His goal came seven minutes after Sebastian Giovinco missed on a penalty kick, firing it straight to an outstretched Rimando -- a repeat of last season's opener when Rimando stopped Giovinco's penalty kick.

"Stepping up and burying the second PK was bold and we needed it," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "Rimando is notoriously the best goalkeeper when you're dealing with PKs. (Altidore) has been motivated and great for us."

Altidore scored again in the 45th minute, when he one-timed a pass from Ashtone Morgan, firing a rocket into the bottom right corner that Rimando never had time to move for. It was Altidore's 50th career goal for Toronto.

"It's a pretty cool milestone," Altidore said. "It's not bad, three years and change and 50 goals. I'm happy with it."

Vanney is similarly happy.

"Jozy has I think for awhile now been probably one of best players in the league. He constantly brings us this presence up top," said the coach. …

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