Danny Koevermans sealed the win with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time for Toronto (5-12-12), which came in 0-5-7 against the Crew.
“Think it’s great because it’s a derby, TFC hates Columbus, and the two teams are not far away from each other," said Toronto head coach Aron Winter. "It is a derby, and it’s nice for the crowd and the fans. The win against Columbus was also very nice for the team, because it’s also our first away victory.”
Tommy Heinemann scored in the 67 minute and Andres Mendoza pulled Columbus (11-9-7) to 3-2 in the 87th. The Crew lost their second straight and fell into a tie with Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto goalie Stefan Frei left the game after a collision with Columbus forward Emilio Renteria just before Heinemann got the Crew on the scoreboard.
“I thought we deserved this one tonight," said Johnson. "We did what we had to do when it came to putting away our chances and it was a good result for us.”