Toronto FC banked the home win they needed on Tuesday night, downing Club América 3-1 at a cold, rain-soaked BMO Field in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinal clash via goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Ashtone Morgan.
Giovinco got the hosts off to a strong start by earning, then dispatching a contentious penalty kick in the opening stages, only for Andrés Ibargüen to equalize with a sterling solo dribble not long after. Altidore netted in timely and typically muscular fashion on the stroke of halftime to send the Reds into the locker room ahead.
Then TFC found another gear in the second half, with long-serving defender Morgan surprising everyone by popping up at the back post to thump home a third goal that could prove critical for his team's hopes of protecting their aggregate lead in the thin, smoggy air of Mexico City in next week's second leg at Estadio Azteca.
- 9' - TOR - Sebastian Giovinco
- 21' - AME - Andrés Ibargüen
- 44' - TOR - Jozy Altidore
- 58' - TOR - Ashtone Morgan