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Crew opens ‘First Kick 2010′ by shutting out arch-rival Toronto FC, 2-0

Columbus, Ohio– The last three seasons, the Columbus Crew have started their home schedule off with a game against their arch-rival, Toronto FC in a battle for the Trillium Cup.

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The home-and-home Trillium Cup competition between the two clubs, refers to the official flower of the province of Ontario and official wildflower of the State of Ohio, is awarded annually to the winner of the season series between the geographic rivals. The Crew, who have won the Cup in its first two years, 2008 and 2009, is unbeaten against Toronto FC since the club’s inception in 2007, compiling a record of 4-0-5 in nine games against the Reds.

Andy Iro (Crew)

Saturday’s game was played during perfect weather conditions for late March, sunny, breezy and 51 degrees before 13, 356 fans at 11-year-old Crew Stadium. The Crew sent everybody home happy with a win over Toronto FC, 2-0.

The Crew went ahead in the 29th minute. Andy Iro was 7 yards in front of the goal when he received a free kick from Guillermo Barros Schelotto that was started from the right sideline. Iro headed the ball toward the left post and the ball bounced once before crossing the goal line.

Will Hesmer (Crew)

The Crew added an insurance goal in the 87th minute when Schelotto put the ball into and open net after goalkeeper Stefan Frei collided with Crew defender Danny O’Rourke on the edge of the penalty area. Toronto defender Nick Garcia tried to clear the ball out of the area, but it went to Schelotto for an uncontested shot.

With the win, Columbus is now 5-0-5 overall against Toronto and 4-0-2 at Crew Stadium.

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* Toronto FC announced before the game that they had signed defender Dan Gargan.  Gargan was signed after spending much of the pre-season with the team.  As per team and league rules, financial details were not released.

Gargan, 27, was drafted in the 3rd Round (43rd overall) by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft.  The following season he was awarded the “Rapids Most Improved Player”.  He made a total of 49 appearances for the Rapids before moving on to Chivas USA in April of 2008. Shortly after, he retired from the game citing personal reasons but resurfaced in the USL First Division with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009.  With the Islanders he finished with 12 appearances and one goal.

Gargan arrived in Columbus in time for the game.

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SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, click on the number)

44 698 PREKI Toronto FC Coach His overall impressions of the game

44 699 PREKI Toronto FC Coach Personnel changes last 48 hours make any differences

44 701 PREKI Toronto FC Coach Was he happy with his the amount of ball possessions

44 705 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach His team could’ve won 8-0 but didn’t finish chances

44 707 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach On the defense and Andy Iro’s play

44 709 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Who’s play stood out for the Crew