This Major League Soccer season continues for the Columbus Crew (Columbus SC?) for a midweek match against Toronto FC. The Black & Gold haven’t won the Trillium Cup since 2018 with TFC taking the last two editions of the rivalry game. With Wednesday night’s match taking place in Orlando, this is the fourth straight Trillium Cup game in a different location with the last three editions taking place in Hartford, Toronto and Columbus.
The Crew is one of four clubs in the MLS that remains unbeaten with a win and two draws to its name to begin 2021. The 3-1 victory for Columbus against D.C. United last Saturday was the first for the team with goals and a sense of offensive flow with Lucas Zelarayan leading the attack once more. Despite the headlines regarding the recent rebrand, the players are laser-focused on the season and have a good chance to get three points against a rival.
Toronto is one of four clubs in the MLS that has yet to win a game. Since TFC’s remarkable 2-1 victory against Club Leon in the CONCACAF Champions League, the team hasn’t won a match with four losses in all competitions. New head coach Chris Armas and his squad haven’t found early success with a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls being the most recent defeat for the one-time MLS Cup champions. Toronto is hoping to get its stars healthy soon with Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore being noticeable absences.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Aidan Morris (left knee), Kevin Molino (left hamstring), Marlon Hairston (left knee) and Perry Kitchen (right thigh), and Milton Valenzuela (right thigh) are currently listed as OUT.
Toronto FC: Ifunanyachi Achara (left ACL surgery), Julian Dunn (right hip osteochondral injury), Erickson Gallardo (right groin surgery), Alejandro Pozuelo (right thigh), and Jozy Altidore (illness) are currently listed as OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Exploria Stadium - Orlando, Florida
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
5. Nashville SC (4 GP, 6 PTS)
6. Columbus Crew (3 GP, 5 PTS)
7. Atlanta United (4 GP, 5 PTS)
12. Toronto FC (4 GP, 1 PTS)
13. Chicago Fire (4 GP, 1 PTS)
14. FC Cincinnati (4 GP, 1 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s the first time this 2021 MLS season we will have midweek action as five other matches will take place on Wednesday. Two games will be in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution hosting the Philadelphia Union and Inter Miami welcoming CF Montreal in a fake Florida derby.
Out in the West, this Wednesday there are three matches. The Houston Dynamo welcomes Sporting Kansas City to Texas, pointless Minnesota United desperately will seek a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps and the top two teams in the Western Conference play with the San Jose Earthquakes taking on the Seattle Sounders.
Last five matches:
September 27, 2020: Toronto FC 3, Columbus Crew 1 (Rentschler Field)
October 6, 2019: Toronto FC 1, Columbus Crew 0 (BMO Field)
August 17, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
June 2, 2018: Columbus Crew 3, Toronto FC 3 (Historic Crew Stadium)
March 3, 2018: Toronto FC 0, Columbus Crew 2 (BMO Field)