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Posts Tagged ‘Trillium Cup.’

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.

 

Crew ties Toronto FC 1-1 in Trillium Cup Game; shutout streak ends

 

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew came from behind to earn a point in a 1-1 draw against Eastern Conference-rival Toronto FC in the first leg of the Trillium Cup at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada on Saturday afternoon.

Columbus forward Emilio Renteria scored his first goal of the season in the second half to match the goal of Toronto forward Tony Tchani’s in the first half. Crew defender Sebastian Miranda recorded his first MLS assist. The Crew’s club record for shutout games in a row ended at four, but goalkeeper William Hesmer recorded a club record for shutout minutes with 413.

Toronto FC played a man down for 48 minutes after Tchani received a second caution in the 42nd minute.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Believe or not, Hesmer, the goalie saves Crew with stoppage time goal for 2-2 tie

William Hesmer (MLS)

Saturday’s game with Toronto FC looked like another defeat for the Crew until their goaltender, William Hesmer saved the day and helped them get a point.

Toronto led by a goal in second-half stoppage time, but the Crew earned a corner kick.

During the alignment process on the corner kick, Hesmer got the go-ahead from the bench to get involved in the play.

Hesmer raced into the opposite penalty area and joined in the play below the Eddie Gaven corner kick. The ball caromed off the head of Crew teammate Chad Marshall towards Hesmer.

The goalkeeper trapped the ball, settled it and kicked a right-footed shot 8 to 10 yards away that zipped through traffic and into the Toronto net. That helped the Crew tie the game at 2-2.

The Crew needed a point from the game. They are in second-place in the Eastern Conference trailing first-place New York who lost 2-1 at Philadelphia. That cut the Red Bulls lead to one-point with one game remaining.

The Crew beat the Red Bulls twice during the regular season and holds the tie-breaker.

The tie with Toronto earns the Crew the Trillium Cup, which is awarded to the series winner between the two teams.

The Crew’s winless streak was stretched to six games, with just the season finale next Sunday against Philadelphia left to play.

Both teams played with 10 men in the final minutes after Toronto FC goalkeeper Jon Conway flipped Steven Lenhart of the Crew to the ground. The two were ejected following a melee in the 70th minute.

compiled from staff & Columbus Crew news

Columbus Crew will play exhibition games this week against colleges

Courtesy of Columbus Crew

North end of Crew Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

The Crew Soccer Academy 17/18 squad continued its recent success with another impressive performance last Saturday (March 27), as it defeated the U.S. Under-17 National Team, 3-1, at Crew Stadium prior to the first team’s 2-0 victory over Toronto FC in First Kick 2010.

After neither side was able to break through in the match’s first half hour, CSA drew first blood thanks to Matt Walker’s strike in the 32nd minute.  The Crew then doubled its lead shortly thereafter on a Kyle Culbertson penalty-kick goal in the 38th minute.  The U.S.  U-17′s cut the Crew’s lead in half  just before intermission on a tally by Kelly Gully in the 44th minute.  However, the Black and Gold would extend its lead early in the second half, when Will Walker struck in the 6oth minute to give the Crew the eventual 3-1 victory.

Saturday afternoon the Crew’s senior team defeated Toronto FC, 2-0 in the MLS opener for both teams.  Andy Iro scored in the first half and Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored in the second half to power the Crew in the Trillium Cup matchup.

The win gives Columbus a 3 points to zero lead in the 2010 Trillium Cup competition.  The second leg will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on October 16.

Columbus will enjoy a weekend off from MLS play, although it will still be in action as the Crew will host a doubleheader of exhibitions against college teams this Friday, April 2, at Crew Stadium.  The action kicks off at 10 a.m., when the Black and Gold will go up against Marshall University and Bartosz Warzycha, a Thundering Herd forward and the son of Crew head coach Robert Warzycha.  Then the Crew will play a match against the Michigan State Spartans at 12 noon.  Both matches are free and open to the public.

GAME NOTES
* Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored his 25th career regular season goal in the Black and Gold’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC last Saturday in Crew Stadium.  Schelotto put the game away for Columbus in the 87th minute after pouncing on a loose ball at the top of the Toronto penalty box and sent a shot in the back of the net.  Since joining the Crew in 2007 from the storied Argentine Club Boca Juniors, Schelotto has been one of the finest attacking players in the MLS, earning both league and MLS Cup MVP honors, along with two MLS Best XI selections, while accumulating 27 goals and 40 assists in 79 regular-season and playoff games.

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.

Crew-Toronto FC (megasportsnews.com)

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.

Crew Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* 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.

Media getting ready to cover the game (megasportsnews.com)

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

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