Murphy, a 2022 MLS SuperDraft pick, opened the scoring for Cincinnati. Former Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund's header back across the face of goal found his center-back partner, who slotted home to give the visitors the 1-0 lead right before halftime.
Luciano Acosta doubled the visitors lead shortly after the break, pouncing on a loose ball off a long throw-in and beating Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. TFC halved the deficit to one thanks to Spanish striker Jesús Jiménez's seventh goal of the season in the 65th minute, but the Reds could not find the equalizer.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Pat Noonan has Cincinnati in their best form – ever. They’re up to three wins on the season – including two away from home – after earning just four victories all of last season. After a four-game winning streak that included wins over the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, Toronto FC have come back down to Earth, dropping their last two matches. These two sides will do it again on Wednesday night at TQL Stadium.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Luciano Acosta's game-winner came virtually out of nothing and proved to be vital