Jozy Altidore celebrates his goal with Alejandro Pozuelo. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
TORONTO — After playing three consecutive draws to start the Major League Soccer season, New York City FC added a new wrinkle or two to its record Friday night: its first loss and an embarrassing performance.
Actually, make that a disaster of a defeat in what turned into a 4-0 result at the hands of Toronto FC at BMO Field.
City (0-1-3) has accrued only three points in its opening four matches, the worst start in its five-year history.
Alejandro Pozuelo enjoyed a memorable Major League Soccer debut as he was the hosts’ wrecking ball, scoring twice and assisting on a third goal. Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore struck for Toronto’s opening goal.
It did not help City missed playmaking midfielder Maxi Moralez with a calf injury as the visitors were thoroughly outplayed by Toronto in the opening half.
Altidore tallied the first goal in the 29th minute, culminating a series of weaving passes through the City defensive third. He quickly slotted home a left-side feed from Pozuelo past goalkeeper Sean Johnson for his second goal of the young season.
Jesus Medina almost equalized for NYCFC in the 51st minute when his shot bounded off the post before the hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later. Altidore was pulled down in the penalty area by defender Alexander Callens, although the Video Assistant Referee was needed to make the final decision on the play.
On the ensuing penalty, Johnson dove to his right as Pozuelo, making his MLS debut, chipped it home for a 2-0 bulge.
Pozuelo added another chip shot in the 78th minute to make it 3-0. Noticing Johnson a bit off his line, he blooped the ball into the upper left corner. The shot was so incredible that Altidore, sending to the left of the net.
Jay Chapman closed out the scoring with a bullet of a goal from the right side of the box in the 83rd minute.