Columbus Crew SC will have a couple of first-time occurrences for this season on Sunday night in the team’s history. The meeting with Toronto FC will be the Crew’s first game against a Canadian opponent this year. Due to the current travel restrictions to Canada to and from the United States, the match will be held at a neutral venue, Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. It will be the first MLS game played in the Constitution State at the home of UCONN Huskies football and soccer.
The Crew and TFC are two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Columbus is riding high on a six-match unbeaten run but will look to snap a cold road run of three-straight games without a win. The Black & Gold are fresh off a 2-1 victory against Minnesota United to keep their perfect home record alive and to reach 30 points on the season.
Toronto FC is starting to get back in stride with three matches unbeaten. The team’s last win was a 1-0 victory on the road against New York City FC with a late 90th minute penalty from playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo. It’s the first match for Toronto in its new Connecticut home, as TFC continues this MLS schedule outside of Canada.
Despite being top of the Supporters Shield standings, the Crew is the underdogs against TFC. Nick Hudak gives a breakdown of what you need to know about Toronto. You predicted the starting 11 for the Black & Gold in this match.
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Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe and Forward Fanendo Adi are OUT with undisclosed injuries. Midfielder Fatai Alashe is OUT with a hip injury.
Toronto FC: Midfielder Achara is OUT after having ACL surgery on Jul 9. Midfielder Michael Bradley is OUT with a grade 2 MCL sprain. Defender Auro Jr. is OUT with an undisclosed injury. Midfielder Liam Fraser is QUESTIONABLE with an undisclosed injury.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium (East Hartford, Connecticut)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, TSN2
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
1. Columbus Crew (13 GP, 30 pts)
2. Orlando City (13 GP, 25 pts)
3. Philadelphia Union (13 GP, 25 pts)
4. Toronto FC (13 GP, 25 pts)
Around the league:
MLS is busy on this Sunday with 11 matches happening across the league to end September. The Philadelphia Union will try to maintain their place in the table against Inter Miami CF. Orlando City heads to Texas to face off with FC Dallas. The big match out West will be at Dignity Health Sports Park as the struggling Galaxy host the champion Seattle Sounders.
Last five matches:
October 6, 2019: Toronto FC 1, Columbus Crew 0 (BMO Field)
August 17, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 2 (MAPFRE Stadium)
June 2, 2018: Columbus Crew 3, Toronto FC 3 (MAPFRE Stadium)
March 3, 2018: Toronto FC 0, Columbus Crew 2 (BMO Field)
November 29, 2017 (ECF Leg 2): Toronto FC 1, Columbus Crew 0 (BMO Field)