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Columbus Crew SC SC vs. Toronto FC 2016: Game Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream

Everything you need to know for tonight’s Crew SC match at TFC.

The 2016 Trillium Cup will be decided in the final meeting of the year between Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC at BMO Field. The first two matches between the two Eastern Conference rival have resulted in draws.

If the third meeting is again a draw, the Trillium Cup would come down to a very complicated series of tiebreakers.

While any trophy is a positive, both sides are focused on moving up in the Major League Soccer standings. Crew SC is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 19 points from 20 matches and playoff hopes are beginning to slip away.

Toronto sits in a better position, fifth place in the East, but would like to begin the climb up the table.

Both teams have dealt with injuries in recent contests, including key players Federico Higuain and Gaston Sauro for Crew SC and Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for TFC. Both Higuain and Altidore made their respective returns in their teams last match, both coming of the bench, and both could be reinserted in the starting 11 for this match.

Both sides have made additions during the summer transfer window. Crew SC added central defender Nicolai Næss, goalkeeper Zack Steffen and forward Adam Jahn. Only Jahn is a likely possibility for the Black & Gold, as Næss waits on work papers and Steffen is still a project player.

Toronto added speedy forward Tosaint Ricketts to bring a different dynamic to the front line.

While Columbus holds the all-time advantage over the Reds with a 12-5-10 record, the Black & Gold have failed to win in eight matches and is yet to get a road victory in 2016.

On the other side, Toronto is 4-1-3 at home and has just one loss in the last five games played.

Here is all you need to know in preparation for this Trillium Cup contest.

Keys to the Match

  • Adjustments: It’s been a long time since Crew SC saw a more or less full-strength TFC team, but the Reds will be healthier in this contest. Toronto didn’t face Federico Higuain in the last match, but he will likely play a part for Columbus in this match. Which team can adjust to these changes better will go a long way in determining the winner.
  • Converting chances: Both teams have the weapons to create the chances, but who can capitalize? It’s been a problem for Crew SC all year and periodically has hit TFC.
  • Goalkeeping: Steve Clark and Alex Bono — the injured Clint Irwin’s backup — have come up big for their sides recently. While Clark hasn’t been able to keep the ball out of the net all the time, Columbus would be in a more precarious spot without him. Bono has kept up the stellar play of the Reds’ defense in 2016.

How to Watch

Date/Time: July 31, 2016/7:30 p.m. EST

Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Television: CW Columbus, TWC SportsChannel

Online: MLS Live

Radio: CD 102.5 (English), La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)

Projected Lineup

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