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Crew dominates Toronto FC, 2-0 to win Trillium Cup; Higuain scores twice again to put team back in playoff hunt

Federico Higuain on fire with two more goals (courtesy MLS)

Matt Lampson second straight shutout (courtesy MLS)

A few weeks ago, the Columbus Crew were 10 points out of playoff contention and the fans wanted the management to fire head coach Robert Warzycha.

Now after a couple of shutout victories over New York and Toronto FC, the fans are happy again and the team is back in the playoff hunt.

The reason for the turnaround is the play of Federico Higuain, who the past two seasons is the new Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Higuain can score from anywhere on the field if his teammates give him the ball. Teams have to account for his whereabouts at all time. Playing with the Crew’s other scoring threat Dominic Oduro, the field opens up for goals to be scored.

Higuain, the 28-year-old Argentinian as the team’s captain has taken over the last few games by scoring four goals and has given Crew fans a hope for the playoffs.

The Crew with 29 points, trail only New England and Chicago for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday’s win allowed the Crew to win their fifth Trillium Cup in six years in the rivalry with Toronto FC.

The triumph also allowed Warzycha to tie his former coach, Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) at 70 wins as a Crew head coach. The 70th win makes Warzycha one of only 14 MLS coaches to achieve the plateau and four are active: Sigi Schmid (Seattle), Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy) and Dominic Kinnear (Houston).

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM

52,425 Chad Marshall Crew CB Team is starting to jell Crew 2 Toronto FC 0

TORONTO FC GAME NOTES

* TFC is 4-12-8, 20 points and in 9th place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference

* Have allowed 10 of 33 goals past the 76th minute

* Robert Earnshaw leads the team with 6 goals

* Are 2-10-3 when allowing the first goal of the game

* Uses a 4-4-2 alignment on the field

* Former Crew player, broadcaster, Duncan Oughton is an assistant coach. He returned to Columbus for the first time since he took the job in June.

COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES

* Are 8-11-5, good for 29 points and 8th in the Eastern Conference

* Uses a 4-4-1-1 alignment on the field

* Leads the series with Toronto FC, 10-2-7

* Defender Josh Williams is an Ironman, having started 49 games the past two years

* Co-leading scorer Dominic Oduro has scored 1 goal in his last 7 games

* Are 1-4-2 after a win in 2013

* The Crew has won back-to-back games for the first time in 2013

* The shutout was the 7th by the Crew as a team and backup goaltender Matt Lampson’s third of the season.