Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo stars in Toronto debut

              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.