Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC
Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC/ Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew/ Toronto FC Live/ Columbus Crew Live Columbus Crew SC is trying to rebound after last week’s loss to the Chicago Fire and face another potent offense of Toronto FC. Lead by Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley, The Reds hosted MLS Cup in December and have rebounded from heartbreak to an unbeaten 1-4-0 record this season.
Altidore has two goals and two assists to lead the team in the young season. The American forward carried over his good form from the national team to his play with Toronto. The Italian maestro Giovinco has yet to start firing on at full power, tallying a goal and yet to record an assist. He consistently shows flashes of genius and has been a little unlucky not to have more goals.
The task of keeping track of the dynamic Reds attack will fall to Artur and Crew SC captain Wil Trapp. Trapp is expected to make his 100th appearance for the team. Crew SC will still have to do without Designated Player center back Jonathan, who is still recovering from his hamstring strain. Alex Crognale is likely to deputize for the third straight game.
Columbus is also expected to welcome Federico Higuain and Harrison Afful back into the lineup after they were held out because of an ankle injury and hand surgery respectively.
Giovinco: The Toronto offense has many weapons, but none are as dangerous as Giovinco. Columbus will need to counteract the mobile threat who is equally able to create with a magic pass or finish a chance himself. The task will likely fall to Artur, who has already shut down some powerful attackers this season.
Reinforcements: The Crew SC offense desperately missed Higuain. His expected return means that Columbus should be in a more familiar 4-2-3-1. That is vital as the team lacked defensive and offensive spacing last week.
fter a forgettable start to the season, Columbus Crew SC have propelled themselves to the top of the Eastern Conference in large part thanks to their ability to keep opposing teams guessing.
Heading into their home clash with Toronto FC on Saturday, Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter has used utilized three different shapes and 18 different players through the first six games of the season.
“We want to do it by committee,” Berhalter said following Tuesday’s training session. “It’s not just one guy’s job; we rely on multiple guys to help out. … I think it starts with our opponents adapting to us. It’s our counter-adapting. Teams are trying to become familiar with what we do and they’re trying to stop us from doing what we do best. We have to stay one step ahead of that.”
Toronto, meanwhile, have largely stuck to their guns through the early going of the 2017 campaign. Although they haven’t won many with that formula, they also haven’t lost many. Still, a win in Columbus would go a long way towards soothing any anxiety produced by the pair of home draws preceding the short trip to Ohio.