The Trillium Cup is on its Ohio leg, with the Crew wanting a win in this grudge match to stay in the playoff race.
|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)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.