Toronto FC defeats Atlanta 2-0; Insigne leaves with right leg injury

TORONTO (AP) — Tyrese Spicer scored in his first MLS start and substitute Prince Owusu added his first MLS goal to help Toronto FC beat Atlanta United 2-0 between depleted teams on a chilly Saturday night.

Both teams were missing players. Toronto (3-1-1) through injury and Atlanta (2-2-0) through international duty.

Lorenzo Insigne and defender Shane O’Neill didn’t finish the first half for Toronto. O’Neill, who had concussion issues last season, had to be helped off in the 27th minute after taking a knock to the head. Insigne hobbled off in first-half stoppage time, trying not to put weight on his right leg.

Toronto's Luka Gavran collected his fourth shutout in five starts this season. Toronto has 10 points, having collected just 22 in 34 games last year when it finished last in the league at 4-20-10.

Insigne fed Deandre Kerr who teed the ball up for Spicer at the edge of the penalty box. Spicer found a space between defenders before firing a low shot that beat a diving Brad Guzan in the 35th minute.

Spicer made his debut last week, playing 15 minutes off the bench in a 2-1 loss at New York City FC. He is the sixth top pick in the MLS draft to score in his first career start. Canadian Cyle Larin also did it in 2015 with Orlando.

Owusu, a 27-year-old German forward making his fifth MLS appearance, knocked in a rebound in the 71st minute after Guzan could not hold onto an Alonso Coello shot.

Guzan made eight saves for United, which had a two-game win streak end. Gavran had three saves for Toronto.

Toronto hosts Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Atlanta plays at home against the Chicago Fire on March 31.

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