Now for the real rivalry!
Toronto FC comes to MAPFRE Stadium to revive the Trillium Cup rivalry with an actual trophy on the line (we’re kidding). This game will count more in the standings, as Toronto and Columbus Crew SC are desperately searching for points to climb into playoff position. TFC is tied for the last spot while the Crew are seven points behind.
Columbus has at least a point in five straight games as they attempt to salvage their season. With eight games left, the Black & Gold have a mountain to climb and three teams to pass to get above the red line. The team is riding a career season from Pedro Santos (8 goal, 3 assists) and new addition Luis Diaz who has played in five straight games, including two starts since transferring into the team.
Toronto has bobbed around the MLS red line this season and has a middling 2-2-1 record in its last five games in league play. Alejandro Pozuelo quickly adapted to MLS and has nine goals and nine assists on the year while Jozy Altidore has found fitness coming out of the Gold Cup and has four goals over the six games since coming back.
What to read:
Nick Hudak goes to the tape and scouts an up and down TFC team. Pat Murphy talks to the team and how they’ll use the disappointing tie to FC Cincinnati as fuel for the rest of the season. Jimmy Lentz looks at the start of an improved offense. The staff can see several ways the Crew can get a result tonight. In the Playoff Tracker, the Crew need wins, but other results need to fall for the team too.
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew SC: Left back Milton Valenzuela and playmaker Federico Higuain are both out for the year with ACL tears. Left back Waylon Francis hasn’t recovered from his leg injury. Ricardo Clark is also sidelined with a foot injury. Aboubacar Keita’s thigh injury also has him out with Hector Jimenez’s strained MCL. Center back Josh Williams is also very questionable to play.
Toronto FC: The visitors are the rare team with an empty injury report.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: August, 17 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+