TFC keeps CONCACAF hopes alive with 3-0 win

Terry Dunfield’s two goals led Toronto FC to a 3-0 win over El Salvador’s Club Deportivo Aguila in CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday, even though there were barely any spectators there to see it.

With the victory, TFC maintained their spot in second place in Group 1 with six points, three back of first-place Santos Laguna who they’ll meet on Oct. 24 in Torreon, Mexico.

The Aguila team has staggered through group play losing all four of their matches in the three-team group play.

Apparently they struggle to attract Salvadorian fans as the Estadio Cuscatlan where last night’s game was played was virtually empty.

Fans in attendance or not, TFC came out guns a blazing as Ryan Johnson sent a beautiful cross through to the far side post and an awaiting Quincy Amarikwa who managed to head the ball in before running out of real estate in the 16th minute.

They’d extend the lead before halftime by forcing a turnover in Aquila territory that led to a three-on-one and a helpless goalkeeper as Johnson sent a quick pass around the charging goalie over to Dunfield for an open net in the 40th minute.

At no point in the second half did Aguila put any pressure on TFC and by the time Dunfield added his second goal in the 86th minute the game had already felt long over.

TFC must now beat Santos by more than two goals to reach the CONCACAF quarter-finals for a second straight year after losing to the Mexican club 3-1 at BMO Field on Aug. 28.

Toronto FC’s next game is on the road against the New York Red Bulls in MLS action on Saturday night kicking off at 7:05 ET.