Biggest test of TFC season as Reds take first place Crew Questions? Comments? Follow us and jump in with Michael Singh tonight on our live match feed
90 1 – Speaking of huge potential, luck for 18-year-old Jayden Nelson who has just arrived on the pitch, but his touch lets him down Golden opportunity to open his account for the Reds
82 ’- Richie with a megabyte in the middle His confidence is very high right now, and for good reason Huge, huge potential in the young Canadian’s boots
76 ’- GOAL! Toronto FC 3-1 Columbus Crew SC Oh my God, Richie Laryea just scored one of the goals of the season Dance, Richie, Dance
70 ‘- There has been a different fight in this Toronto FC team this second half, but there is still plenty of time to see As we have learned too well, no lead is safe
59 ’- GOAL! Toronto FC Columbus 2-1 Crew – POZ! This is the MVP! Moments after hitting the post, Alejandro Pozuelo returns with a superb finish from outside the box to find the lower right corner Great help from Richie too
52 ’- Luck! Ayo Akinola finds space in the box, gets up on a cross from Richie Laryea and manages to evade a clear header from around seven yards, but can’t make clear contact It was a real opportunity for Ayo, but the Reds have dominated since this change of formation
48 ’- GOAL! STROKE! Toronto FC 1-1 Columbus Crew SC JOZY! What a top-of-the-box finish Excellent play by Piatti to bring out Laryea, who finds Pozuelo firing him for another of his sensational league assists Emphatic finish by Jozy
46 “- We’re back Looks like Vanney is tweaking her team’s lineup a bit with Piatti coming in to the right I think they’re finally going 4-2-2-2 with Ayo and Jozy in the lead! If that works, I should be the new TFC coach, right @TorontoFC?
HT: Toronto FC 0 – 1 Columbus Crew – Not the 45 TFC wanted What do the Reds need to change in the second half?
40 ’- GOAL! Columbus 1-0 Toronto FC: Oh no Chris Mavinga puts the ball in his goal He gets it wrong, steps back to defend a cross, he faces a challenge, but chooses to go with his wrong foot and the ball deflects into the net! Someone needs to communicate better there, right? Q? Or was it just Mavinga’s return?
37 ’- Is it just me or did Piatti fall quite a bit today? It’s not necessarily a bad thing I feel like he’s one of the most physically engaged players on the pitch today I didn’t think I would say that when he first signed with TFC after his knee injury
34 ‘- TFC got lucky there I can’t give Zelarayan that space as his shot dives just over the bar He’s their best player Mavinga with bad turnover to lead to luck He played well today, but he needs to move the ball faster
24 ‘- Congratulations to the TFC supporters outside the stadium with the chants of Danny Dichio can we hear you In Connecticut? It’s wild UPDATE: I’m told it’s part of the crowd noise, from The Real SK TFC Fan in our comments Again, great addition from the TSN team so
22 ’- LUCK! Saved by Westberg! Q denies Zardes with an excellent stop It’s time to tighten up the TFC
20 ’- LUCK! REMOVED FROM THE LINE! It is Chris Mavinga, a man of 100 caps, there to erase the chance of Columbus out of the line and away from danger Excellent game of the Frenchman to bail out his GK who was beaten by the luck scrambled in the box
19 ‘- Former TFC defender Josh Williams crosses Ayo Akinola’s back He is lucky he doesn’t have yellow there Ayo seems to be doing well on the right wing, for now We will see how he will evolve on that side throughout this match
14 “- Decent start for the Reds, but you can tell this Columbus team is legit It’s going to take 90 minutes of effort
8 “- The advertising around the stadium is awesome How doesn’t that look like a home game for TFC?
The pitch is absolutely stunning in the new home stadium #TFCLive, but the real test will be next week after the Argos have also played
1 ’- Players take one knee before kick-off to protest racial injustice And we’re off The Reds’ biggest test of the season And off we go
7:37 pm EST – The bonus question in our betting league is: Will TFC score in the first half tonight? Well, with Ayo and Jozy on offense, the odds are probably in favor that the Reds will achieve this feat, but we’ll see
7:25 pm EST – Non of former TFC GM Tim Bezbatchenko 10 Lucas Zelarayan is their most dangerous player, but don’t sleep on Columbus striker Gyasi Zardes either He’s having a great season Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Jonathan Osorio and Marky Delgado will be crucial tonight
7:16 pm EST – Interview with Greg Vanney before the game Some interesting comments here regarding Ayo Akinola, Marky Delgado and Alejandro Pozuelo
️ @TorontoFC Head Coach Greg Vanney on his changes ahead of a big game with @ColumbusCrewSC coverage going on on TSN2 right now! imageTwittercom / 3bjD4kW40Q
6:55 pm EST – According to TSN, TFC expected to play a 4-2-3-1 tonight, different from their 4-3-3 This is how they will start the game Greg Vanney has stated repeatedly that the way they submitted their form didn’t mean anything, so keep an eye on their training when the match actually starts For what it’s worth I had them use a 4-2-2-2, with Ayo Akinola and Jozy Altidore at the top We’ll be keeping a close eye on Akinola’s behavior on the right wing, if that’s right. as well as Vanney decides to deploy the 20-year-old
STARTING XI #TFCLive Formation change for @TorontoFC vs @ColumbusCrewSC Coverage starts at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on TSN2 picTwittercom / TZd4L6ALxI
6:50 pm EST – Keep an eye out to see if Jayden Nelson, who recently celebrated his 18-year-old birthday, has another peek on the TFC bench tonight It’s good to see Liam Fraser also making the 20-player roster tonight He’s been out for a few years to treat a minor injury
6:35 pm EST: Friendly reminder to leave your predictions for tonight’s final scoreline in our prediction league tonight’s scoring match can honestly go either way, but TFC will definitely be in. form against a fit Crew team!
5:52 pm EST – After his performance in the last game, the bigger question may be whether Alex Bono or Quentin Westberg will take the start tonight Bono has two clean sheets in as many games this season
3:43 pm EST – We were missing a preview of this one and I’m in high spirits for tonight, so I had to throw this one early Come on you reds
Here is the lineup of Toronto FC tonight For what it’s worth, it’s 11 for 11 for our scheduled starting xi
Vying for a Supporters’ Shield, Toronto FC (7-4-2) and MLS leaders Columbus Crew (9-3-1) face off as TFC welcomes an opponent into their “Home Away From Home” – Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut – for the first time this season
This is the only meeting of the season between these two teams, which means this year’s Trillium Cup will also be up for grabs in addition to three vital points Columbus, winner of five of the first six editions of the annual rivalry, has since conceded four of the last six with a five-point lead at the top of the MLS standings, however, they are a different looking machine this season compared to the last year and will look to continue on their winning streak so far in 2020
On the injury front, Toronto FC will be without two pillars in their starting xi: Michael Bradley (knee) and Auro Jr (ankle) Both are in rehab in Toronto and are expected to join the Reds in East Hartford ahead of Saturday’s game against second-place Philadelphia Union Liam Fraser, meanwhile, is listed as questionable
Here is the Columbus Crew injury report for tonight’s game, Darlington Nagbe being their most notable omission
Kicks off at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight and Canadians can watch on TSN 2 or stream it on all TSN digital platforms
Sunday on @TSN_Sports @TorontoFC takes on former GM Tim Bezbatchenko and the team @ColumbusCrewSC he built to challenge them #TFCLive picTwittercom / ibtRMR6XjU
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