banner

Soccer

more stats

Columbus, TFC set for another Trillium Cup clash

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Saturday will mark the third Trillium Cup contest of the season as the Columbus Crew get set to host Toronto FC.

The Crew have lost both league matches to TFC thus far, falling to the Canadian side in a 2-0 home loss on April 5 before squandering a late lead in a 3-2 loss at BMO Field on May 31.

But Columbus enters Saturday's clash in good stead having taken seven points from its last three outings.

The club claimed back-to-back 2-1 wins over the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution before coming from behind to get a point from its meeting with the Chicago Fire last time out.

"In the first half, we lacked the desire, pure and simple," Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter said. "In the second half, when we started playing, there was combination and desire all across the board, the defensive side and offensive side."

Federico Higuain scored a goal for a second consecutive match, his first goals since May 17.

"We needed to be patient and find those gaps between the midfield line and the defensive line, more towards the inside, then we can turn and play from there. I think we did that," said Berhalter. "But besides tactics, to me it was the will, it was the will of the guys, the belief in the guys, and I missed that in the first half. That's what we communicated to the guys at halftime. We said you have to show more. It's not good enough."

Columbus will need to show the same effort against a Toronto side that has claimed just one league win in its last five outings.

The Reds earned a 2-0 victory over the Impact last weekend, their first win since July 12.

"We walked off the field for the past two games without the results we wanted, so we really wanted this game and we gave a good performance and came out with those three points," Michael Bradley said. "We have a lot of games against Eastern Conference teams coming up and they're all 6-point swings, so we have to go on a good run and be consistent and come away with wins."

The victory over Montreal marked Toronto's first league shutout in nine games, and head coach Ryan Nelsen was full of praise for his young defenders.

"Warren (Creavalle), Doneil (Henry) and Nick (Hagglund) are in their early 20s, Justin (Morrow) and (goalkeeper) Joe (Bendik) are still young and it was a very experienced and composed performance in the back," Nelsen said. "We possessed the ball with control and with purpose instead of just for possession's sake. In the end, the performance was fantastic."

Despite recent results, Toronto enters the weekend in a formidable position, occupying third place in the Eastern Conference table with 29 points.

Columbus, which has played two more matches than the Reds, sit in fifth place on 27 points.

08/08 22:09:15 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: NY Giants at Washington

    Thursday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Western Michigan at Virginia Tech

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Texas A&M

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Chicago at NY Jets

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
MLB
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
BAL
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
SEA
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
PIT
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
HOU
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
STL
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
ARI
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
Final
NYI 3
OTT 2
 
6:00pm Tonight
NYI
OTT
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
DET
 
1st Intermission
NYR 0
NJD 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
TOR
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
WAS
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
MIN
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
STL
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
ANA
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
COL
 
10:00pm Tonight
ARI
LOS
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
 
8:30pm Tonight
NYJ
CHI