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Danny Dichio was a dominant force on the artificial pitch Saturday in a 3-1 victory by Toronto FC over New England. ((Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) )

And the old warrior shall lead them.

Toronto FC broke out of its scoring slump with a convincing 3-1 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday evening, marking the first time the Canadian club has bagged that many goals in a game before the hometown fans since last October.

In its six previous regular-season contests at BMO Field, Toronto scored just four goals and was shut out twice, so Saturday's goal-fest was long overdue.

While goal-scorers Amado Guevara and Dwayne De Rosario received the bulk of attention for their exploits, it was their teammate Danny Dichio who was the driving force behind the victory, combining sublime playmaking skill with brute force.

Dichio hasn't played much this campaign due to a variety of injuries and illnesses, but the 34-year-old Englishman proved Saturday there's still plenty of life — and then some — in those aging legs of his.

Toronto coach Chris Cummins changed things up by benching the underperforming Pablo Vitti for Dichio and the tactical switch worked like a charm. Toronto had to make do without Vitti's speed and probing runs from midfield, but Dichio made up for that with his best performance of the season, which saw him have a hand in all three goals.

After the game, Cummins lavished praised on Dichio for the way he spearheaded the attack.

"Within that system we play it's a great role for Danny because he links the play so well. For a big guy he's got great feet and I just said to him to get [between] the two centre halves and link the play."

Indeed, if New England's defence was a china shop, then Dichio was the raging bull, causing havoc for the likes of Revolution defenders Darrius Barnes and Emmanuel Osei with his physically dominating play.

Usually, Dichio is deployed as an outright target man, and is looked upon to chase down high balls booted forward from the midfield.

But on Saturday the Englishman was the fulcrum of the attack, using his size (six feet three inches, 209 pounds) to gain possession and then impeccably distribute the ball and create scoring chances for De Rosario and Chad Barrett, who played out wide in support.

Dichio earned assists on Toronto's first two goals, playing a short pass to Guevara, who curled a shot from outside the box into the net to make it 1-1, and then chipping a perfect ball to De Rosario who scored on a breakaway to give Toronto the lead.

On the third Toronto goal, Dichio tried and failed to get a touch on Guevara's free kick, but the hulking forward did do enough to distract Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, who was put off by Dichio's foreboding presence and allowed the ball to skip by him and into the back of the net.

"That's what I'm in the team for. I'm not going to score 20 goals a season, but if I can assist or create a little bit for others … I try to do much as I can," Dichio said.

Cummins has, perhaps, stumbled on to a tactical formation — with Dichio up front leading the charge — that could finally lead to a steady stream of goals for Toronto.

But if he has, Cummins is playing his cards close to his chest, refusing to be drawn out when asked by this correspondent if Dichio had done enough to earn a starting role in the club's next game against the Houston Dynamo.

"You'll find out on Saturday," Cummins responded coyly. "You should know me well enough by now [to know] I'm not going to sit here and tell you the team for [the next game]. He's got a very good chance of starting next week but you never know."

Dichio was just as non-committal.

"Chris knows what I can do. He knows what I am capable of and he'll pick whatever team he thinks can do the job," offered the Englishman. "If he thinks we need a big man up front, then he's going play me.

"The way we're playing at the moment, it suits the team but it's his choice. He's the manager."