VAL GARDENA, Italy -- Max Franz stunned the field to win a World Cup downhill Saturday, ending Austrias 13-race drought in skiings signature event with his first career victory.Starting with the No. 26 bib after all of the favorites had already come down the Saslong course, Franz finished a slim 0.04 seconds ahead of Norwegian standout Aksel Lund Svindal and 0.41 in front of Val Gardena specialist Steven Nyman.The previous Austrian man to win a downhill was Hannes Reichelt in Kvitfjell, Norway, in March last year.Austria, once known as the sports Wunderteam for producing downhillers like Franz Klammer, Stephan Eberharter, Hermann Maier and Michael Walchhofer, didnt win a single downhill all of last season.Its a big relief, Franz said. We knew that all we needed was a little something and then the pressure would let up and now we can all ski without this external pressure.Matthias Mayer of Austria won the downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but he had his season cut short last year with a horrific crash in Val Gardena, breaking two vertebrae. Having returned to action earlier this season, Mayer finished 17th Saturday.Franz also had injury problems last season, missing several races due to knee and ankle problems.Of course its an individual sport but this is going to help the entire team, Franz said in German through a translator.The 27-year-old Franzs previous best results were two runner-ups and one third-place.Svindal was already being interviewed as the presumed winner when Franz came down and made up a deficit in the final interval.Upon seeing his result, Franz whipped his poles around wildly while Svindal took his hat off and Nyman applauded.Svindal swept both the super-G and downhill in Val Gardena last season and was looking for his first victory since missing much of last season following a crash and knee injury in Kitzbuehel.Nyman, meanwhile, needed one more win to match Klammer and Italian standout Kristian Ghedina for a record fourth downhill win in Val Gardena.The highlights of the Saslong are the camel bumps, which launch skiers into the air for nearly 80 meters (90 yards), and the twisty and technical ciaslat section -- two areas that come right after another midway down. There are also numerous little bumps and jumps, providing constant air time.Svindal made a major error midway through his run, landing a jump far outside the race line, prompting him to brake to clear the next gate.You dont win races with mistakes, Svindal said. The other guys are too fast. ... I knew it wasnt really perfect.Nyman also struggled, sitting down on his skis while landing the bigger camel jump. Still, the American was able to regain his speed.I was just telling myself, `You got to keep pushing. The first thing in my mind was that the knees didnt pop so things are OK. Lets keep going, keep charging. Lets go, lets go, lets go, Nyman saidAll three of Nymans wins have come in Val Gardena.I cant not be happy about a podium, Nyman said. 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Columbus (3-4-3) has lost its last two league matches and has just one win in its last six starts. Toronto (1-5-4) has lost four straight in all competitions during which it has been outscored 11-2. And it is suffering through an eight-game winless streak in MLS play. The struggling club has just two wins in 12 outings in all competitions this season and is 1-15-8 in its last 24 MLS matches dating back to July 28, 2012. "The next four games are massive now for us and theyre all against teams around us," ODea said of upcoming games against Columbus, New England, Philadelphia and D.C. United. "It starts with (Saturday). Its early in the season but it looks like a must-win game for us." "This team is going forward," said Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw. "Were not thinking about going sideways and thinking about whats happened in the last few weeks. Its about getting better all the time." Toronto has dropped nine points in six matches due to goals conceded after the 80th minute. 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