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Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo stars in Toronto debut

March 30, 2019
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Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo celebrates with teammates Michael Bradley (4) and Nick DeLeon (18) after scoring against New York City FC during second-half MLS soccer action in Toronto, Friday, March 29, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo made a triumphant debut for Toronto FC, scoring twice and setting up another goal in a 4-0 victory over New York City FC on Friday night.

Jozy Altidore and Jay Chapman also scored to help Toronto open the season 3-0 for the first time.

Pozuelo scored his second goal in the 78th minute before leaving to a standing ovation. On the goal, he paused in the penalty box, then chipped the ball over 6-foot-3 goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the far corner.

Altidore opened the scoring off an assist from Pozuelo in the 29th minute, and Pozuelo made it 2-0 in the 58th on a penalty kick.

Chapman scored in the 83rd.

New York City dropped to 0-1-3.

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