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IndyCar Grand Prix qualifying at IMS

INDYCAR Grand Prix qualifying results

 

 

Click HERE to view and download the official qualifying results for the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Qualifying Friday for the INDYCAR Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:07.7044 (129.687)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:08.1169 (128.902)
3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:08.1622 (128.816)
4. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:08.2454 (128.659)
5. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:08.2478 (128.655)
6. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 01:08.3973 (128.373)
7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:08.4461 (128.282)
8. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:08.5735 (128.044)
9. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:08.5824 (128.027)
10. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:08.8668 (127.498)
11. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:08.9151 (127.409)
12. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:08.9853 (127.279)
13. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:09.0025 (127.248)
14. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:08.6675 (127.868)
15. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:09.0557 (127.150)
16. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:08.9484 (127.347)
17. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:09.1777 (126.925)
18. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:08.9937 (127.264)
19. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:09.1796 (126.922)
20. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:09.0985 (127.071)
21. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:09.6123 (126.133)
22. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:09.3134 (126.677)

 

 

PRACTICE RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Will Power gets track record in IndyCar Grand Prix qualifying at IMS

Power earns Team Penske pole No. 250

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Friday, May 12, 2017) – Team Penske reached a milestone at the INDYCAR Grand Prix today, earning its 250th pole position in Indy car history as well as extending its Verizon P1 Award domination on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, broke his own track record with a lap of 1 minute, 7.7044 seconds (129.687 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the last of three knockout qualifying rounds to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner. It gave Team Penske its third straight pole position on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit and made the team 5-for-5 in pole qualifying at all tracks this season.

“In the Fast Six, the car had a fantastic balance and did a really neat lap,” said Power, who collected his third Verizon P1 Award this season. “I was actually up on the second set and then got too greedy at the end. But yeah, really cool to start at the front again.”

INDYCAR Grand Prix: Qualifying results

Power headed a Team Penske logjam at the front of the grid. Teammate Helio Castroneves qualified second in the No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Josef Newgarden was third in the No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevy and Juan Pablo Montoya fifth in the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevy. Defending INDYCAR Grand Prix and Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud brought up the rear of the Team Penske contingent, qualifying seventh in the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet.

Newgarden was the first to break Power’s 2016 track record of 1:08.6746 in the first round of qualifying. Power re-established himself as the record holder in the second round, with the first official lap of less than 1:08 on the circuit, then bettered it in the Firestone Fast Six to earn the 47th pole of his 13-year Indy car career – the fifth most all time.

“Really determined to have a good race,” said Power, the 2015 INDYCAR Grand Prix winner whose only top-10 finish thus far in 2017 was two weeks ago at Phoenix Raceway. “I’ve been knocking on the door every week, and one is going to go our way here soon. You put yourself in that position, it’ll happen. That’s the plan.”

Power and Castroneves have alternated winning the pole at the first five races this season. The Brazilian, who turned 42 on Wednesday, was relegated to starting second in Saturday’s fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix but will be on the front row for the fourth straight race in 2017.

“There is nobody in front of me, that’s great,” Castroneves said, “so we’re looking forward to a good start. Excited for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a good, clean start and see what happens in the race.”

Scott Dixon qualified fourth in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has reached the Firestone Fast Six at all four road/street events this season. Sebastien Bourdais, the four-time Indy car champion and winner of the season opener at St. Petersburg in March, qualified a season-best sixth in the No. 18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

Pagenaud, who won the most recent Verizon IndyCar Series race April 29 at Phoenix Raceway, leads the championship by 18 points over Dixon heading into Saturday’s 85-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

United Rentals doubles Turns for Troops donation in May

When United Rentals signed on as a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sponsor last season, it launched its Turns for Troops initiative to donate $50 for each lap driver Graham Rahal completed in the season toward the SoldierStrong program that funds access to education, state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs and technologies that address a variety of combat-related injuries for military veterans. More than $102,000 was raised in 2016.

At a news conference today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, United Rentals announced it is doubling the donation for the two May races at IMS – Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28. If Rahal completes every lap in his No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsForTroops.com Honda in the two races, it will add another $28,500 to the coffer.

Rahal was joined in announcing the effort by: team co-owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman; Chris Hummel, chief marketing officer of United Rentals; and SoldierStrong founder Chris Meek.

“This is our 20th anniversary this year in 2017,” Hummel said. “We’re all about service, it’s who we are, so we decided that we want to introduce 20 moments of service to kind of commemorate our 20th anniversary.

“We’re kicking that off here this weekend, where we’ve taken our sponsorship spot on Graham’s car, No. 15, and actually gifted it over to the Turns for Troops program. So rather than highlighting just United Rentals, to use the car, use the weekend, use the activities to actually highlight the Turns for Troops program. We think it’s a fantastic program. We’re very happy to see it pushing forward this weekend.”

SoldierStrong helps fund the production of exoskeletons to help veterans paralyzed or with spinal cord injuries walk again.

“We have to date funded 13 of these devices,” Meek said. “Each device costs nearly $200,000 and we’ve expanded the program from just the exoskeleton device to include other life-transformational, cutting edge medical devices, specifically prosthetic arms and legs.”

Graham Rahal has long been a proponent of causes to assist the military. He remains awed by United Rentals’ devotion to the Turns for Troops initiative.

“I think their commitment to the program for Turns for Troops and SoldierStrong is shown this weekend and through the 500 where they’ve doubled the donation that they are going to make, let alone passing up on the (car sponsorship) opportunity,” he said. “The (United Rentals) brand is still on the car, but not in a big way and it really showcases what we’re trying to do here. Thanks to United Rentals for that.”

Team co-owner Letterman, the retired late-night talk-show host, was just pleased to be part of the project.

“I have a feeling that the technology of (the exoskeletons) as it’s replicated again and again will get better and better and better, easier to use and less expensive,” Letterman said. “But for the time being, to be in on the ground floor of something that will benefit these men and women whose lives are for all practical purposes changed dramatically, if not ruined … I can’t begin to tell you the pride that I feel that transcends motor racing.”

Mazda Road to Indy results

All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires conducted the first of two weekend races today on the IMS road course. Nico Jamin (Andretti Autosport) won the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race by 0.8405 of a second over Zachary Claman De Melo (Carlin). In the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, Victor Franzoni (Juncos Racing) won by 0.2092 of a second over TJ Fischer (Team Pelfrey). In the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, Oliver Askew (Cape Motorsports) drove to his fourth win of the season, by 3.3461 seconds over Kaylen Frederick (Team Pelfrey).

 

PRACTICE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway News

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

INDYCAR Grand Prix Fans Encouraged To ‘Plan Your Visit’ with IMS.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 12, 2017 – Fans attending the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to “Plan Your Visit” through IMS.com/planyourvisit, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for fans headed to the track during the Month of May.

The “Plan Your Visit” page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, track map, schedule, camping, gate regulations, tickets, ADA accessibility, area restaurants and hotels, and much more.

“‘Plan Your Visit’ is a fantastic, convenient resource for our fans heading to IMS for all of the exciting action during the Month of May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Fans should visit this page to set the stage for a great day at the track.”

More Fan Information

IMS has worked closely with the Speedway Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies, on the traffic plan for IMS events. All Speedway patrons should be aware of the following to ensure a successful Race Day:

•Free Public Parking: Fans seeking to take advantage of free parking must enter through Gate 10 and access the facility via 30th Street. They will be directed to North 40 parking. This is the only free parking option and is available while space remains.

•Pedestrian Gate Entry: The following gates are available for pedestrian entry and walk-up cash ticket purchases: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 South, 9, 10A and 12.

•Gate 2 & Credentialed Parking: Fans should know that Gate 2 is not accessible via car without a credentialed parking pass. In addition, if you have a Turn 3 credentialed parking pass, you must enter through Gate 10 and not Gate 2.

- Fans needing ADA-accessible parking must purchase an ADA parking pass from the IMS Ticket Office to park inside the facility. All ADA parking inside the venue is reserved parking on Race Day.

INDYCAR Grand Prix Road Closures, Street Parking Restrictions

To increase the safety and security of race patrons, the Speedway Police Department will close Georgetown Road and 16th Street to all vehicular traffic during the running of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Georgetown Road will be closed south of 25th Street beginning approximately one hour before the start of the race. After Georgetown Road is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the roadway. Race patrons with placards who are accustomed to entering IMS Gate 7 must enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street).

Local residents who reside on this stretch of Georgetown Road are encouraged to make provisions for this temporary traffic restriction, as vehicles will not be permitted to access Georgetown Road from McCray Street, 24th Street and all other access points in this area.

Upon completion of the race, Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately one hour after the race).

In addition, 16th Street will be closed during the INDYCAR Grand Prix between Olin Avenue on the east to the 16th Street roundabout on the west from approximately one hour before the start of the race until the race ends. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, as it will be blocked at 10th Street.

Traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at the 16th Street roundabout. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.

In addition, the Speedway Police Department wants local residents and motorists to be aware that a number of parking restrictions will be in place for the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Three-hour parking will be enforced on both sides of Main Street between 10th Street and 16th Street on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.

INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend road closure restrictions and additional security measures are established to ensure the safety of residents, businesses and visitors during and after IMS events. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Speedway Police Department appreciate everyone’s cooperation during these temporary restrictions.

Additional Resources and Information

Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.

No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit IMS.com. For additional information, follow on Twitter the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @SpeedwayPD or listen to radio stations WNFI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 101st Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC hits road to Montreal to face the Impact this afternoon

MATCH PREVIEW:

The Black & Gold battle against the Montreal Impact Saturday in an Eastern Conference clash to kick-off a three-match road swing

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (5-5-1, 16 points) travels to Montreal to play the Montreal Impact (2-3-4, 10 points) at Stade Saputo tomorrow, Saturday, May 13. The match kicks-off at 5:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX-28, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on FOX-28 begins at 5:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 4:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

 

 

Saturday’s match is the 12th match of the 2017 MLS season for the Black & Gold and the first of two regular-season meetings between Crew SC and the Impact in 2017. The contest also marks the 15th regular-season meeting between the two clubs dating back to 2012. Currently, the Black & Gold hold a 6-5-3 regular-season record against Montreal. The road contest completes a stretch of three matches in eight days for Crew SC. The clash against Montreal also marks the beginning of a three-match road swing for the club, which then travels to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution on Sunday, May 21. Following the game against New England, Crew SC travels to BMO Field on Friday, May 26 for the last of three matches against Toronto FC to decide the winner of the Trillium Cup.

 

On Wednesday, the Black & Gold hosted Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium in the second match of this year’s Trillium Cup series. Midfielder Federico Higuain put Crew SC ahead in the 29th minute when he converted a penalty kick against Alex Bono. It was Higuain’s 43rd regular-season goal with the Black & Gold and his fourth goal of the season. The Reds earned a penalty kick in the 38th minute, but goalkeeper Zack Steffen saved Jozy Altidore’s attempt. Toronto’s Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 81st minute and the 90th minute to give the visitors a 2-1 win.

 

With his goal against Toronto FC on Wednesday, Higuain (42 regular-season goals for Crew SC) moved past Edson Buddle to take sole possession of the fourth spot on Crew SC’s all-time regular-season goal scorers list. Higuain’s goal was also his 16th career regular season penalty kick goal for the club, increasing his margin over Guillermo Barros Schelotto (13) as the Black & Gold’s all-time career leader in the category. Higuain is now 16-for-22 from the penalty spot in the regular-season since joining the club in 2012.

 

Zack Steffen’s stop of Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick attempt was the first regular-season penalty kick save in the goalkeeper’s MLS career. Additionally, the save was Steffen’s 34th stop of the season, which puts him in third place when it comes to saves amongst all goalkeepers in the League, per Opta.

 

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, May 13 – 5:00 p.m. ET – Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

 

Regional Television: FOX-28 (coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 4:30 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

International Television: FOX Latin America (Latin America), Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Australia), FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa), SKY Sports (United Kingdom)

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC can’t stop Ricketts in 2-1 setback to Toronto FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federico Higuain scores his 43rd regular-season goal in Black & Gold, moves into sole possession of fourth place on Crew SC’s all-time list of regular-season goal scorers;
Waylon Francis and Hector Jimenez each make their 75th Crew SC appearance in tonight’s match



Columbus Crew SC 1 – Toronto FC 2
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CLB – Federico Higuain (Penalty Kick) 29’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2q7pfTP]
TOR – Tossaint Ricketts (Raheem Edwards, Victor Vazquez) 81’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pAMCEc]
TOR – Tossaint Ricketts (Victor Vazquez, Raheem Edwards) 90’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2q7uZNv]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (5-5-1, 16 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact (Stade Saputo – Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Saturday, May 13 (5:00 p.m. ET / FOX-28, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2pARhWw


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2r1HwRN


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2q4Aj5X


HEAR FROM ASSISTANT COACH JOSH WOLFF IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2r3Qj6o

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER WIL TRAPP: http://bit.ly/2r3Qj6o

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER ETHAN FINLAY:
http://bit.ly/2r3Qj6o


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistants: Claudiu Badea, Logan Brown
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 10,318
Weather: 73 degrees and cloudy
GOALS/ASSISTS
CLB – Federico Higuain (Penalty Kick) 29’
TOR – Tosaint Ricketts (Raheem Edwards, Victor Vazquez) 81’
TOR – Tosaint Ricketts (Raheem Edwards, Victor Vazquez) 90’

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CLB – Zack Steffen (caution) 37’
CLB – Adam Jahn (caution) 83’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Josh Williams (Hector Jimenez 66’), Alex Crognale, Jonathan Mensah; Wil Trapp ©, Mohammed Abu; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Waylon Francis; Justin Meram (Niko Hansen 83’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 74’)

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Jukka Raitala, Nico Naess, Kekuta Manneh

Toronto FC: Alexander Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Chris Mavinga (Tosaint Ricketts 40’); Steven Beitashour, Jonathan Osorio (Benoit Cheyrou 53’), Michael Bradley, Jay Chapman (Raheem Edwards 78’), Justin Morrow; Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Armando Cooper, Marco Delgado, Jason Hernandez

 

TEAM NOTES

 

Federico Higuain scored his 43rd regular-season goal for Crew SC in tonight’s match, passing Edson Buddle to take sole possession of the fourth spot on Crew SC’s all-time regular-season goal scorers list. Since joining the club in 2012, Higuain has made 133 regular-season appearances (128 starts) for the Black & Gold, recording 43 goals and 39 assists. With four goals and four assists through 10 matches this season, Higuain has already surpassed his 2016 assist total (three) and tonight’s goal matched his goal output of last year (four).
With his goal from the penalty spot, Federico Higuain extends his lead at the top of the club’s all-time penalty kick goals list with his 16th MLS career penalty kick goal. Higuain is now 16 for 22 from the penalty spot in the regular-season and three goals ahead of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who sits in second place.

 

A pair of Crew SC players made milestone appearances for the club tonight: Waylon Francis made his 75th appearance (68th start) for the Black & Gold in tonight’s match against Toronto while Hector Jimenez also made his 75th appearance for the Black & Gold, coming on as a substitute for Josh Williams in the 66th minute.

Columbus and Toronto each have one victory (three points) in this year’s Trillium Cup regular-season series and the trophy for 2017 will be decided in the third and final regular-season meeting between the two sides on Friday, May 26 at BMO Field. The trophy, which has been awarded since the 2008 season, is given to the team that secures the most points via wins (three points) or draws (one point) in the regular-season series each year. Today’s match also marked the 30th all-time regular-season meeting between the Black & Gold and the Reds.

Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter served a one-match suspension tonight after being dismissed in the match against New England on Saturday, May 6. Berhalter is set to return to the bench when Crew SC completes a stretch of three matches in eight days on Saturday, May 13 when it travels to Stade Saputo to take on the Montreal Impact (5:00 p.m. ET / FOX-28, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

Tosaint Ricketts scored both Toronto FC goals By Joshua Pearson, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

 

MATCH NOTES

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LAST MATCH RECAP

KAMARA SCORES 6TH GOAL IN WIN OVER NEW ENGLAND

This past Saturday, the Black & Gold hosted the New England Revolution at MAPFRE Stadium. Forward Ola Kamara put Crew SC ahead in the 13th minute when he sent a ball over goalkeeper Cody Cropper after receiving a pass from Justin Meram. Kamara was involved in the second goal as well, as he assisted Federico Higuain’s 53rd-minute goal to give the hosts a 2-0 win against the Revs. It was Higuain’s 42nd regular-season goal with the Black & Gold and his third goal of the season. Crew SC Captain Wil Trapp made his 100th start for the club, while defender Josh Williams made his 75th appearance for the Black & Gold.

CREW SC & TORONTO FC AT A GLANCE

Columbus Crew SC regular-season record: 13-6-10 (44 GF, 35 GA)
Home games: 9-3-4 (30 GF, 21 GA)
Road games: 4-3-6 (14 GF, 14 GA)

LAST THREE REGULAR-SEASON MEETING

07/13/2016 CLB 1 vs. TOR 1 T MAPFRE Stadium
07/31/2016 CLB 0 vs. TOR 3 L BMO Field
04/15/2017 CLB 2 vs. TOR 1 W MAPFRE Stadium

CREW SC FACES TFC FOR THE 2ND TRILLIUM CUP CONTEST

This weekend’s match marks the 30th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Black & Gold holding a 13-6-10 record against Toronto. This match will also be the second of three meetings in 2017 to determine the Trillium Cup winner. Currently, Crew SC holds a 9-3-4 record against Toronto when playing at MAPFRE Stadium.

LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING

On April 15, 2017, Crew SC hosted Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium for the first Trillium Cup match of the year. Toronto took a lead in the 21st minute when Jozy Altidore scored, assisted by Victor Vazquez. Crew SC equalized with an Ola Kamara goal, assisted by Niko Hansen in the 37thminute. In the 44th minute, Justin Meram put the hosts ahead after receiving a helper from Alex Crognale, giving the Black & Gold a 2-1 win.

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ONE WIN AWAY FROM TRILLIUM CUP

The Trillium Cup is awarded to the team that wins the most points from the series at the season’s end. If Crew SC wins the match against Toronto FC on Wednesday, it would win the trophy for the seventh time. The trophy has been contested on 10 occasions dating back to 2008.

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HIGUAIN ON VERGE OF 40/40 CLUB…

Federico Higuain — who scored his third goal of the season in Saturday’s contest against the New England Revolution — is on the verge of becoming one of only three players in Crew SC history to have recorded at least 40 goals and 40 assists or more for the club. To date, only two other players have achieved this feat: Jeff Cunningham (64 goals, 44 assists) and Brian McBride (41 goals, 39 assists). Since joining the club in 2012, Higuain has made 132 regular-season appearances (127 starts) for the Black & Gold, recording 42 goals and 39 assists. Higuain almost joined the club last Saturday, but Opta rescinded his secondary assist because “it was decided that the pass didn’t produce a clear scoring chance because of the distance that Meram covered for the final pass”.

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MERAM ON WAY TO 30/30 CLUB

Justin Meram registered his 30th career regular-season assist for Crew SC in Saturday’s night match against the Revs by providing the helper on Ola Kamara’s goal and is now on the cusp of joining the 30/30 Club. With 28 goals and 30 assists in the regular season, Meram needs only two more goals to become one of only six Crew SC players to have registered at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the regular season for the club.

 

MATCH RECAP & GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS