Columbus Crew SC aren't the only team in Ohio focused north of the border this week. On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers began play in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals with a record setting 115-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
The Black & Gold were on hand at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday to take in the win and cheer on one of Ohio's other professional sports franchises.
On Saturday, Crew SC heads north to take on one of MLS' Canadian sides, Toronto FC.
"I hope we both can beat them," Columbus midfielder and Cavalier fan Mohammed Saeid said on Tuesday. "It would be nice."
Cleveland, who is yet to lose in the NBA Playoffs after sweeping the opening two rounds, is a heavy favorite over the Raptors. On Tuesday, most sports books had the Cavaliers as nine-point favorites and the team is favored by 11.5 points for Thursday night's game two.
Despite being so favored over Toronto, Saeid still has some concern for his basketball team in this series. While many of the experts are expecting another sweep, Saeid remembers that the Raptors finished just one game behind the Cavs in the regular season and the Canadian team won two of the three meetings.
"I think it will be more difficult than what people think," he said.
"I've seen Leicester win the Premier League so you never know what could happen. Toronto could win, but hopefully the Cavs win with [LeBron James] and [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love] playing well. But they haven't had a game in a long time so maybe it's an advantage for Toronto."
So what is Saeid predicting for the series?
"Maybe five [games]," he forecasted. "People are saying four, but I'm doubtful."
After taking in game one, the playoff fever may have set in for Crew SC. The start time of Saturday's contest was moved from 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., meaning there would be a full hour and a half between the end of the Black & Gold's match with TFC and the start of the Cavs' game at Air Canada Centre. According to Google Maps, this is a 15 minute drive. So will the Columbus players try to make it for some more playoff basketball?
It sounds like Saeid would be up for it.
"Hopefully," the midfielder said. "We'll see what we can do. We have a game and we'll see if we'll stay there after the game or not, but hopefully yes."
The only question left to ask is, assuming Crew SC make the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, will the Wine & Gold come and support the Black & Gold through the postseason process?