COLUMBUS ó They came, they saw, they didnít quite conquer.
Despite a strong effort, Toronto FCís supporters were drowned out by a raucous brigade of Columbus fans at Crew Stadium on Saturday.
As usual, throngs of TFC backers made the trip to Ohio.
It isnít easy to pull out a win, particularly a home-opener at Crew Stadium.
Columbus remains unbeaten in lid-lifters since 2005 (three wins, three ties) and has won an MLS-best 21 times on friendly grass over the past two seasons and a game.
It started well for the TFC faithful who partied it up in the pre-game tailgate, without getting into the trouble that has marked recent visits here. A handful did seem a tad confused, though, sporting the Team Canada jersey of Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, who, in fairness, is a Toronto native.
Quizzed prior to the game, a police officer on hand reported that everyone was behaving themselves.
Thatís a change from last year when a TFC fan was allegedly tasered.
Though only those from north of the border brought out flares, the Crew fans stomped, sang, hooted and hollered throughout the contest, chanted for a second goal that eventually came and broke into a long ďUSA, USAĒ chant down the stretch.