Columbus Crew enters Week 3 hosting Toronto FC this afternoon

WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN

Saturday’s home match against Toronto FC begins at 1:30 p.m. ET and is set to be locally televised on Bally Sports Ohio and via stream on the Bally Sports App. Neil Sika, Jordan Angeli and Brett Hiltbrand are slated to have the call in English. Pre-match coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Great Lakes. The match is also avail-able on 97.1 The Fan and streaming via “Listen Live” on 971TheFan.com, with Chris Doran calling the match. A Spanish audio stream is available on ColumbusCrew.com, with Juan Valladares on the call.

COLUMBUS CREW 2022 REGULAR SEASON: (1-0-1, 4pts.)

TORONTO FC 2022 REGULAR SEASON: (0-1-1, 1pt.)

Date: Saturday, March 12 Match Time: 1:30 p.m. ET Kickoff: 1:38 p.m. ET Location: Lower.com Field (Columbus, OH)

OHIOHEALTH PLAYER AVAILABILITY REPORT

OUT: Jake Morris – R Foot InjuryKevin Molino – R Knee InjuryJosh Williams – L Thigh InjuryIsaiah Parente – IllnessSean Zawadzki – ConcussionQUESTIONABLE: NoneHealth and Safety ProtocolsA player may be listed as “Questionable” or “Out” due to Health and Safety Protocols for the following reasons:• Quarantine due to participating in high risk behavior.• Quarantine related to being a high risk close contact.• Pending COVID-19 test results.• An inconclusive COVID-19 test result.• A positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19.• Other illness not related to COVID-19.

COLUMBUS CREW VS. TORONTO FC AT A GLANCE

Columbus Crew record: 15-11-12 (55 GF, 54 GA)Home games: 10-4-6 (38 GF, 29 GA)Road games: 5-7-6 (17 GF, 25 GA)05/29/2021 CLB 2 vs TOR 1 W Historic Crew Stadium05/12/2021 CLB 0 at TOR 2 L Exploria Stadium 09/27/2020 CLB 1 at TOR 3 L Rentschler Field

THE CREW HOSTS TORONTO FC FOR FIRST TIME AT LOWER.COM FIELD

Columbus Crew returns home this weekend to host Toronto FC at Lower.com Field for the first time. The match will be the 39th meeting of the two teams, with the Black & Gold holding the all-time advantage over Toronto, 15-11-12, dating back to the 2007 season.

LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING

The two sides last met on May 29, 2021, when the Crew hosted Toronto at Historic Crew Stadium. During that matchup, the Crew proved victorious with a 2-1 result. Early goals from Luis Díaz in the 12th minute and from Gyasi Zardes in the 21st minute helped boost the hosts to an early lead. Despite Ayo Akinola’s 52nd minute goal, Toronto could not find the equalizer.

COACHES

Caleb Porter: 104-85-74 (Portland Timbers: ‘13 – ’17; Columbus Crew: ’19 – Present) vs. Bob Bradley: 182-129-87 (Chicago Fire 1998-2002; New York Red Bulls 2003-2005; Chivas USA 2006; Los Angeles FC 2018-2021; Toronto FC 2022 – Present)Records listed are MLS regular-season totals

COLUMBUS CREW SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CAPS

(AS OF 3/9/22) PlayerNational TeamCaps Last AppearanceMilos Degenek Australia 33 2/1/22 vs. Oman (FIFA WCQ)Luis Diaz Costa Rica 8 10/7/21 vs. Honduras (FIFA WCQ)Eloy Room Curacao 40 6/15/21 vs. Panama (FIFA WCQ)Jonathan Mensah Ghana 68 1/5/22 vs. Algeria (Friendly)Derrick Etienne Jr.Haiti 31 7/18/21 vs. Martinique (Concacaf Gold Cup)Kevin Molino Trinidad & Tobago 53 7/18/21 vs. Guatemala (Concacaf Gold Cup)Perry Kitchen United States 5 10/11/16 vs. New Zealand (friendly)Darlington Nagbe United States 25 3/28/18 vs. Paraguay (friendly)Yaw Yeboah Ghana 4 10/9/21 vs. Zimbabwe (FIFAWCQ)Gyasi Zardes United States 68 1/30/22 vs. El Salvador (FIFA WCQ)Lucas Zelarayan Armenia 4 11/4/21 vs. Germany (FIFA WCQ

ZARDES SCORES FIRST GOAL OF 2022 SEASON

Gyasi Zardes scored his first goal of the 2022 MLS regu-lar season. Zardes’ goal was the Crew’s second tally in the Club’s draw against the San Jose Earthquakes this past Saturday. The forward’s strike came in the 68th minute of the contest – just three minutes after coming into the match – when he fired a shot into the back of the net following a pass from Derrick Etienne Jr. Zardes finished the match with one shot (one on target), three duels won, two aerial duels won and two clearances.

ETIENNE JR. REGISTERS ASSIST AGAINST THE SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Derrick Etienne Jr. registered an assist in Saturday’s road contest against the San Jose Earthquakes. The mid-fielder provided the helper on the Crew’s second goal, as he crossed a ball to Gyasi Zardes, which the forward then finished off. Etienne Jr. had three shots (two on target), created one goalscoring chance, won four duels and won one tackle during the contest. The midfielder has scored one goal and provided one assist through two regular-season appearances (two starts) in 2022.

MOREIRA REGISTERS ASSIST AGAINST THE SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Steven Moreira provided an assist in Saturday’s road match against the San Jose Earthquakes. The defender’s helper came in the 40th minute, as he set up Lucas Zela-rayan’s first strike of the match. In addition to his assist, Moreira finished the contest with two duels won and one clearance. Since joining the Crew last season, the defender has made nine regular-season appearances (eight starts) while registering four assists.

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