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New co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison now game planning for the Buckeyes and not against them


Greg Mattison, who is great in media sessions, talked to us this past Wednesday about the improvements being made on defense ( photo)


65,200 Greg Mattison Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Part 1 August Camp


Back on in January 2019 when new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had decided he wanted to clean house within the defensive coaching staff. He pulled off a surprising and bold move to everyone in Buckeye Land and Wolverine Land.

He dipped into Jim Harbaugh’s staff and brought two veteran defensive coaches to Ohio State, Greg Mattison and Al Washington. Wow, what guts, was what I heard from fans while sitting in a Roosters Restaurant having some Wings with my girlfriend, Alexandra. One wonders what the folks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Wolverines, were thinking? Some I can’t put into print, but I am sure traitor, turncoat and Benedict Arnold a just a few to think of.

What those two moves showed Buckeyes fans and the College Football World, is that Ryan Day is going to make his own name and also showed that he will go and do whatever is necessary to improve the Buckeyes and keep them as national title contenders year in and year out.

With Mattison, he is getting 69-year-old defensive coach who has coach all over the defense. He has coached at Illinois, Cornell, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Navy, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Florida. He had two stints with Michigan, 1992-1996 and 2011-2018. He also coached in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens 2008-2010.

Coach Day said it was a tough decision to let go of Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator and other staff members but he had to in order to send a message that status quo was not going to continue.

Status quo being the worst defense in school history; giving up 4.5 yards per rush; 25.5 points per game 7th in Big Ten, 50th nationally; rushing 158.2 yards per game 6th in the conference, 57th nationally; passing 245.2 ypg 11th in the conference and 86th nationally; total defense 403.4 ypg 10th in Big Ten, 71st nationally. The points per game of 25.5 per game was the worst since 1999 when they allowed 23.9 per game. All of these stats are unacceptable to the team, fans, media, alumni who follow the team. All aspects of the defense have to improve especially in the linebacking corps and the defensive backfield who at times were just like “toast”!

Coach Mattison said that everyone will see everyone run to the football and two different schemes, “Bullet” and “Sam”.

And Mattison also said that the Buckeyes, despite all of their shortcomings on defense, were still 13-1, Big Ten East champions, Conference champions and Rose Bowl champions.

Eventhough several members of the media tried to get him to unveil the starters on defense, Mattison said that will come at the end of camp. Most of the starters are as plain to figure out as the Buckeye colors of scarlet, gray and white.

Trillium Cup not the only rivalry in Major League Soccer


In Major League Soccer, several teams annually compete for secondary rivalry cups that are usually contested by only two teams, with the only exception being the Cascadia Cup, which is contested by three teams. Each cup or trophy is awarded to the eligible team with the better regular season record and are comparable to minor trophies played for in college football rivalries. Most cups are deliberately conceived as local derbies between teams in the same region. Rivalry cups are considered a tradition to most MLS fans and players alike. Out of the ten original MLS teams only three have not competed in these rivalry cups: Sporting K.C., New England Revolution and the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. The Texas Derby is the only MLS rivalry where the winner does not walk away with a cup trophy but instead they play for “El Capitán”, a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon. Some derbies only contest for bragging rights of rival supporters groups.


All records reflect wins made when all participating franchises are MLS teams.

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Recent winner
Atlantic Cup D.C. United 13 New York Red Bulls 10 New York Red Bulls
Brimstone Cup FC Dallas 10 Chicago Fire 6 Dallas
California Clásico LA Galaxy 13 San Jose Earthquakes 7 San Jose
Canadian Classique Toronto FC 5 Montreal Impact 4 Montreal
Cascadia Cup* Seattle Sounders FC/
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3 Portland Timbers 2 Seattle
El Tráfico LA Galaxy 1[1] Los Angeles FC 0 LA Galaxy
Heritage Cup Seattle Sounders FC 6 San Jose Earthquakes 4 Seattle
Hudson River Derby New York Red Bulls 3 New York City FC 1 New York Red Bulls
Pioneer Cup Columbus Crew SC 6 FC Dallas 3 Columbus
Rocky Mountain Cup Real Salt Lake 10 Colorado Rapids 4 Real Salt Lake
Texas Derby Houston Dynamo 7 FC Dallas 6 Dallas
Trillium Cup Columbus Crew SC 7 Toronto FC 4 Columbus

* Cascadia Cup existed prior to the creation of MLS franchises for Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.


Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Last winner
Florida Derby** Miami Fusion 2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 Miami (2001)
SuperClasico LA Galaxy 6 Chivas USA 1 LA Galaxy (2014)

** Florida Derby existed prior to creation of MLS franchises for Tampa Bay and Miami, and after teams left MLS in 2001.[2]

Rivalry cups

Competition Established Teams Series Wins Years won
Atlantic Cup 1996 D.C. United 13 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
New York Red Bulls 10 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
Brimstone Cup 2001 Chicago Fire 6 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
FC Dallas 10 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018
California Clásico 1996 LA Galaxy 14 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes 8 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019
Canadian Classique 2012 Montreal Impact 2 2013, 2018
Toronto FC 5 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Cascadia Cup 2011* Portland Timbers 2 2012, 2017
Seattle Sounders FC 3 2011, 2015, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2013, 2014, 2016
El Tráfico 2018 LA Galaxy 1 2018
Los Angeles FC 0
Florida Derby
(MLS years)
1998** Miami Fusion 2 2000, 2001
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 1998, 1999
Heritage Cup 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Seattle Sounders FC 6 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Hudson River Derby 2015 New York Red Bulls 3 2015, 2016, 2018
New York City FC 1 2017
SuperClasico 2005*** Chivas USA 1 2007
LA Galaxy 9 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup 2007 Columbus Crew 6 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
FC Dallas 3 2010, 2011, 2015
Rocky Mountain Cup 2005 Colorado Rapids 4 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015
Real Salt Lake 10 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Texas Derby 2006 FC Dallas 6 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
Houston Dynamo 7 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
Trillium Cup 2008 Columbus Crew 7 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Toronto FC 4 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
* The Cascadia Cup was founded in 2004 and contested by clubs outside MLS (in North American Division 2 soccer). 2011 represents the year MLS teams began competition.
** The Florida Derby originated in 1977 and has been contested for most of its history by Division 1 and 2 soccer clubs outside MLS. The years 1998–2001 represent the only era in which MLS teams participated.
*** The SuperClasico ended in 2014 due to the folding of Chivas USA


Crew SC puts 5-game unbeaten streak on line in Trillium Cup game against Toronto FC


(courtesy Crew SC)



With its 2-2 draw against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, Crew SC extended its undefeated streak to five consecutive matches in regular-season action dating back to a 2-2 draw on the road against the Chicago Fire (July 17). Over that span, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 2-0-3. In addition to the aforementioned results, the Crew has also registered wins against the Montreal Impact (July 20) and the New York Red Bulls (July 27), while also drawing against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 3).


Crew SC is on the verge of reaching a milestone in regular-season home victories. The Black & Gold currently have 199 regular-season home wins. With its next regular-season victory at home, the Crew would become one of only six MLS clubs to have won 200 or more regular-season matches at home dating back to the 1996 season. For a list of the other teams on this list, see the table to the right.


Pedro Santos’ goal against FC Cincinnati on Saturday was his eighth goal of the 2019 MLS regular season, setting a new single-season career-high for the midfielder in League play. Previously, Santos’ largest goal-scoring output was seven tallies, which he scored during the 2015-2016 Liga NOS campaign. In 2019, Santos has made 25 regular-season appearances (23 starts), while providing three assists (three game-winning assists) to go with his eight goals (two game-winning goals).


Forward Gyasi Zardes scored his ninth goal of the 2019 regular season during Saturday’s home contest against FC Cincinnati. The goal came in the 45th minute, when Zardes converted a penalty kick attempt following a foul inside FC Cincy’s box. The goal was Zardes’ second tally in as many matches, as he had previously scored in the previous week’s road match against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 3). Zardes finished the night with seven shots (four on target) and created one goal-scoring chance. Notably, Zardes has scored on both of his penalty kick attempts in 2019, having previously converted a penalty kick during a home contest against New York City FC (June 1).


Midfielder Youness Mokhtar made his MLS and Crew SC debut in Saturday’s contest against FC Cincinnati. Mokhtar came into the match as a substitute for Luis Diaz in the 53rd minute. In his 36 minutes of action, Mokhtar registered two shots and created three goal-scoring chances. The midfielder joined the Crew from Stabaek of the Norwegian First Division on July 19 of this year. Prior to joining the Black & Gold, Mokhtar made 170 First Division appearances across the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, while scoring 28 goals and providing 31 assists.








Improving Crew SC hosts Trillium Cup rival Toronto FC tonight












The Trillium Cup (courtesy Columbus Crew SC)


The Columbus Crew (7-14-5) plays host to Toronto FC on Saturday, Aug. 17 to round out a two-match homestand.

Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can follow on SportsTime Ohio, or tune in on 97.1 FM The Fan or for live English & Spanish play-by-play.

Headlined by Designated Players Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto (9-10-6) currently sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, though tied on points (33) with seventh-place Montreal and eighth-place Orlando City.

Offensively, Altidore and Pozuelo have each tallied a team-high nine goals, as Toronto stands as one of only four teams to host two players with nine-plus regular-season tallies. However, only four of their 18 total goals have come away from BMO Field, including just one from Pozuelo who signed with the club in early March.

Those two, in addition to midfielder Michael Bradley and recent defensive acquisition Omar Gonzalez will come in fresh on Saturday after not playing in Toronto’s most recent 3-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC on Aug. 14 as part of Leg 2 of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

In TFC’s last five regular-season road matches, the club has posted just one win, which came on July 13 vs. Montreal, while getting shut out in all three of their losses.

As for the Crew, the Club heads into Saturday with two goals in four of the last five matches, including coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw FC Cincinnati 2-2 last week. The match marked the fifth straight occasion in which the Crew posted a second-half goal, continuing a trend of response goals.

“We know we can always come back because we believe in ourselves and we believe in the coaching staff as well, and the message they always give to us,” said defender Harrison Afful. “We make sure we go to the pitch and make sure we deliver.”

As for areas of improvement come Saturday, midfielder Luis Argudo emphasized cleaning up self-inflicted wounds and capitalizing on chances.

“At the end of the day, if we are not scoring, we are not going to win,” Argudo said. “I think just being [calmer] in the final third and eliminating those silly mistakes that we gave up [vs. FCC] – set pieces or run of play.”

Keeping up the mentality and the scoring pace will be key as Toronto ranks top-10 League-wide in chances created (258), shots on target (125), and shot conversion rate (15 percent), in addition to scoring the sixth-most goals in the East with 49 overall.

“You know, every game is big, so we just have to go in with the right mentality and make sure that we stick to the game plan and make sure that we take our chances,” Afful said.

On the plus-side for Crew SC, inconsistency has plagued TFC away from BMO Field, as they hold a 3-6-2 road record and are tied with a League-low 11 away goals scored while conceding 18 goals on 51 shots-on-target faced.





Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC


  • Columbus: 12 wins
  • Toronto: 5 wins
  • 8 ties


  • Higuain: 7 goals
  • Osorio: 2 goals


  • Higuain: 7 goals
  • 3 tied: 2 goals


  • The name of the trophy they play for was picked by the supporters themselves – the trillium is the official flower of the province of Ontario and the state of Ohio. Other names up for vote back then? “The Great Lakes Cup” and “The Buck-Loonie.”
  • Columbus represented the nearest road trip for Toronto FC faithful before the Montreal Impact joined the league in 2012.
  • Columbus have taken six of the eight Trillium Cups so far, including in 2015.



Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, has been inducted into Round Rock Express Hall of Fame


Reid Ryan 2014 photo By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


August 16, 2019


HOUSTON, TX – The Round Rock Express will induct Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryaninto their Hall of Fame prior to tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. Oklahoma City at Dell Diamond.

Ryan will become the sixth member of the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame and the first executive to be inducted.

Ryan, who has served as Astros President of Business Operations since May of 2013, was the Founder and original CEO of the Express, playing an instrumental role in acquiring the Jackson Generals franchise and relocating that club to Round Rock to become the Express in 2000. As the Double-A affiliate of the Astros, the Express would win the Texas League title in their first year of existence (2000).

After five successful seasons leading the Express as the Astros Double-A affiliate, Ryan played a significant role in founding the Corpus Christi Hooks, who became the Astros new Double-A affiliate in 2005, while the Express moved up to the Pacific Coast League as the Astros Triple-A affiliate. Ryan would enjoy success as the CEO of both clubs for several years, as both were recognized as two of the best franchises in minor league attendance, ballpark satisfaction and franchise value.

In September of 2018, as Astros President, Ryan was instrumental in bringing the Express, who had become an affiliate of the Texas Rangers in 2011, back to the Astros as their Triple-A affiliate. The 2019 season has been a success thus far for the Express, who are in first place in the American Southern Division with a 73-48 record, which is tops in the PCL.

Read more: Houston Astros


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