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September 10, 2011 7:35 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 13058‎

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Toronto FC

The Crew host Eastern Conference rival Toronto FC in the deciding leg of the 2011 Trillium Cup.

By Seth Vertelney

Sebastian Miranda; Javier Martina, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew
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Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, James, Gardner; Duka, Ekpo, Burns, Rogers; Mendoza, Renteria.


OUT: MF Tony Tchani (R knee surgery); MF Eddie Gaven (R lower leg contusion); GK Andy Gruenebaum (R thumb fracture)

DOUBTFUL: GK Alex Riggs (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Bernardo Anor (R ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: MF Rich Balchan (L adductor strain); DF Shaun Francis (R adductor strain); FW Jeff Cunningham (R knee inflammation)

Toronto FC (4-3-3): Kocic; Eckersley, Iro, Harden, Morgan; Frings, de Guzman, Avila; Plata, Johnson, Marosevic.


OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery)

DOUBTFUL: DF Demitrius Omphroy (R knee swelling)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Dasan Robinson (L adductor tightness); FW Danny Koevermans (L hamstring tightness)

  • The Crew was demolished 6-2 at Seattle in its last outing, on Aug. 27. It wasn't all bad news in the match, though, as Jeff Cunningham set the all-time MLS scoring record with his 134th career goal.
  • Chris Wondolowski scored a late equalizer as San Jose came back to tie Toronto 1-1 in the Reds' last match, on Aug. 27.

  • Columbus has never lost to Toronto FC in its history (5-0-7).

  • The Crew announced last Thursday that it signed coach Robert Warzycha to a multi-year contract extension.
  • TFC forward Danny Koevermans could play in this match, after not featuring since Aug. 18 due to a left hamstring injury.
  • The Crew is hoping to welcome back key midfielder Eddie Gaven next week after he suffered a leg injury Aug. 5 at Colorado.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
25Richard BalchanDefender
31Josh GardnerMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
17Emmanuel EkpoMidfielder
14Robbie RogersMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
-A. MendozaStriker
1Chris KonopkaGoalkeeper
20Shaun FrancisDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
-Tom HeinemannStriker
15Kevin BurnsGoalkeeper
9Justin MeramMidfielder
-Jeff CunninghamStriker
24Stefan FreiGoalkeeper
5Ashtone MorganDefender
2Richard EckersleyDefender
6Andy IroDefender
2Ty HardenDefender
15Eric AvilaMidfielder
-Julian De GuzmanDefender
22Torsten FringsMidfielder
-Nick SoolsmaStriker
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
8Joao PlataStriker
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
36Danleigh BormanDefender
-Eddy ViatorDefender
-Matt StinsonMidfielder
-Mikael YourassowskyMidfielder
-Peri MarosevicStriker
10Danny KoevermansStriker
Players to Watch
E. Rentería
E. Rentería
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Joao Plata
Joao Plata
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
4 2 0 0
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Sporting KC
4 1