On Saturday April 15, 2017 Toronto FC traveled to Mapfre stadium in Columbus, Ohio to face the Columbus Crew. For fans of both clubs the rivalry extends beyond the Eastern Conference, and Trillium Cup as early on in TFC history before the Montreal Impact, Columbus was one of TFC closest rivals as it was not uncommon for TFC fans to travel in multitudes to Mapfre stadium in the past.
Going into this match TFC’s injury list included: Clint Irwin, Ashtone Morgan, and as announced during the week Drew Moor is out with a heart arrhythmia. TFC Coach Greg Vanney started the following eleven:
Referee Nima Saghafi was appointed to this 8:00 pm start with 12, 319 in attendance. TFC scored earlier on in the 21st minute as Jozy Altidore scored his 3rd goal of the season from a Victor Vazquez corner kick. TFC would struggle as the Crew pressed on at home. Norwegian Crew international Ola Kamara scores from a close range shot equalizing in the 37th minute. In the forty-fourth minute TFC were unsuccessful in defending a Columbus Crew corner kick as Justin Meram would find the ball in the back of the net as the Crew take the lead going into the second half.
Greg Vanney would make his first change in the 54th minute as Armando Cooper would come off for Jonathan Osorio. Although both teams would eventually end the match with almost equal ball possession, TFC would have the advantage in shots on net (19 for TFC vs. 11 Crew). Vazquez, Edwards, and Cooper all had equalizing opportunities throughout the 56th to 64th minutes.
In the 70th minute TFC Captain Michael Bradley nearly concedes an own goal. Ten minutes later he is shown a yellow card. Vanney’s 2nd change came in the 82nd minute as Raheem Edwards comes off for Tosaint Ricketts and finally TFC would use up their 3rd substitution with Vazquez leaving the pitch for Benoit Cheyrou.
TFC’s undefeated streak would end on game six of the 2017 season. At the end of the match TFC coach Greg Vanney admits that TFC need to “Take advantage of the spaces that are available to us.” TFC will have two more opportunities to improve the Trillium Cup aggregate as they travel to Mapfre stadium on May 10th and then host the Crew on May 26. TFC will host Chicago Fire on Friday April 21.