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August 22, 2012 7:35 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ S. Stoica‎
Attendance:‬ 10049‎

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Toronto FC

The Trillium Cup is on its Ohio leg, with the Crew wanting a win in this grudge match to stay in the playoff race.

By Keith Hickey

Luis Silva - Toronto FC
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Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Mendes, Williams; Birchall, Grossman; Meram, Gaven, Higuain; Arrieta.


OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear)

DOUBTFUL: DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); MF Milovan Mirosevic (R ankle inflammation)
Toronto FC (4-4-2): Kocic; Hall, O'Dea, Eckersley, Morgan; Silva, Dunfield, Frings, Wiedeman; Johnson, Hassli.


OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear); DF Ty Harden (lower abdominal strain); DF Matt Stinson (R quadriceps strain); DF Doneil Henry (L knee tendinosis); MF Reggie Lambe (R knee MCL sprain)

PROBABLE: DF Jeremy Hall (L ankle sprain)
  • This game comes after a quick turnaround for Columbus, who drew 2-2 away to Houston on Sunday. Toronto has had an extra day of rest after losing 1-0 at home to Sporting KC.
  • Columbus won the first meeting this season between the two sides, Bernardo Anor's second-half strike the difference on March 31.
  • In 14 all-time meetings between these two teams, Toronto FC has won just once - a 4-2 win last Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium, snapping a 12-game winless run against Columbus.
  • Columbus sits seven points behind D.C. United in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a game in hand.
  • After seemingly having a midseason renaissance with a three-game winning streak, Toronto is 0-3-1 in its last four matches.

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30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
4Carlos MendesStriker
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
10Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
-Frederick Michael George HallGoalkeeper
5Ashtone MorganDefender
2Richard EckersleyDefender
-Dicoy WilliamsDefender
48Darren O'DeaDefender
12Luis SilvaMidfielder
22Torsten FringsMidfielder
-Terry DunfieldMidfielder
29Eric HassliStriker
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
32Andrew WiedemanStriker
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
-Logan EmoryDefender
-Adrian CannDefender
4Aaron MaundDefender
25Jeremy HallMidfielder
15Eric AvilaMidfielder
24Quincy AmarikwaStriker
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