MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Toronto FC
With both teams eliminated from playoff contention already, these sides are playing for pride in the last matchday of the regular season.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, O'Rourke, Mendes, Williams; Meram, Birchall, Mirosevic, Gaven; Higuain; Arrieta.
OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear); FW Aaron Schoenfeld (L quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (concussion); DF Chad Marshall (R ankle inflammation); DF Julius James (R hamstring tightness); FW Olman Vargas (low back contusion)
|Toronto FC (4-4-2): F. Hall; J. Hall, Eckersley, Cann, Morgan; Silva, Maund, Dunfield, Avila; Lambe, Johnson.
OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear); DF Ty Harden (lower abdominal strain); MF Torsten Frings (L hip); FW Keith Makubuya (L ankle sprain); FW Quincy Amarikwa (L hamstring strain); DF Darren O’Dea (R quadriceps strain)
DOUBTFUL: DF Logan Emory (R shoulder sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Matt Stinson (R quadriceps strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is the last matchday of the regular season. Neither of these teams qualified for the playoffs. Columbus finished sixth in the Eastern Conference, the last team to miss out on the postseason. Toronto will finish with the worst record in MLS.
- This is the third meeting between these teams this season. The Crew won the two previous encounters, each by a one-goal margin.
- In fact, in the 15 all-time league meetings between these clubs, Toronto has won only once.
- TFC equaled a club-record 13-game winless run with a recent scoreless draw with the Montreal Impact.
- Columbus made it into the playoffs four years running heading into 2012.
Top 3 Predictions
Columbus Crew 4-1 Toronto FC
- 33.33 %
Columbus Crew 2-2 Toronto FC
- 33.33 %
Columbus Crew 0-1 Toronto FC
- 33.33 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 18, 2013||Toronto FC 0 - Columbus Crew 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 28, 2012||Columbus Crew 2 - Toronto FC 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 22, 2012||Columbus Crew 2 - Toronto FC 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Mar 31, 2012||Toronto FC 0 - Columbus Crew 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 10, 2011||Columbus Crew 2 - Toronto FC 4|
|May 18, 2013||Toronto FC 0 - Columbus Crew 1||MLS|
|May 11, 2013||Columbus Crew 0 - Colorado Rapids 2||MLS|
|May 4, 2013||Columbus Crew 0 - New York Red Bulls 1||MLS|
|Apr 27, 2013||Columbus Crew 3 - D.C. United 0||MLS|
|Apr 20, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Columbus Crew 0||MLS|
|-||Frederick Michael George Hall||Goalkeeper|
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