Tough Toronto Awaits League Leaders

Posted on 15 May 2008 by Jim Baird

Two of the hottest teams in the MLS will square off at a rowdy BMO Field this Saturday as the league leading Columbus Crew (6-1-0) take to the pitch against Toronto F.C. (3-2-1).

Both clubs hope to continue their impressive form.

Columbus is off to the best start in club history, winning their past five games and currently sitting atop the East. Toronto has not lost since April 5, winning three out of their last four games, a far cry from their expansion woes only a year ago.

This game is the second of three match-ups between the clubs this season, and if the Crew win they will claim the first ever Trillium Cup. The Trillium Cup is the first annual trophy awarded to the winner of the Toronto-Columbus series during the regular season. The Crew won the first meeting of the year 2-0.

But a win at BMO won’t be easy. Toronto is undefeated at home this year (2-0-1) and their boisterous fans at BMO create one of the toughest and loudest environments to play in. The Crew have yet to beat a .500 team on the road this season, their last effort was a lethargic 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, the team’s only defeat of the season.

No matter what the crowd decibel level is, Toronto’s defense will face a tough challenge trying to stop the Crew’s league leading offense, driven by Robbie Rogers. Rogers notched MLS Player of The Week honors after his two goal performance in the Crew’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory against San Jose on Saturday. It was also his 21st birthday.

Game Info

Time: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17

TV: CSN (local), DK, MLSLive.tv

Radio: 610 AM WTVN (Local)

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