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State pro notes: Ricketts' late brace extends Toronto FC's win streak

05/12/2017, 10:00pm CDT
Tosaint Ricketts

With Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore leading the line, Tosaint Ricketts (UW-Green Bay) can be a bit overshadowed in the Toronto FC attack.

But on Wednesday night, with Giovinco out of the lineup due to a heel injury and Toronto struggling against the host Columbus Crew, Ricketts came up with two goals in the final 10 minutes to give the visitors a stunning 2-1 victory. (Watch highlights below)

They were the first goals of the season for the 29-year-old Ricketts, who had three goals in 11 regular-season appearances and two more in six playoff matches last season after signing with Toronto FC in July.

Midfielder Raheem Edwards played a key role in both late goals. On the first one, the 21-year-old chipped in a ball from the right flank that Ricketts headed down and past Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen to the far post in the 81st minute.

Then in the 90th, Edwards was wide left when he played a cross into the box that Víctor Vázquez touched on for Ricketts, who ran onto the ball at the far post just in front of Columbus' Waylon Francis and finished to give Toronto the first five-game winning streak in the club's 11-year history.

On Twitter: @TosaintRicketts

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