Tomorrow will be the first of three meetings on the season between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC. In the past couple of years the teams had 2 MLS meetings and the club that won on aggregate took home the fancy Trillium Cup. Last year, for the first time ever, Toronto FC brought the cup north of the border having drawn the home leg and then winning 4-2 on the road.
In the past the format was straight forward and the Crew were the logical choice to be TFC's main rival. That has changed now though with the addition of a third annual meeting between the clubs as well as the Montreal Impact joining the league. So are the Crew still the logical choice to be the club's main rival? Not at all, that goes to the Impact. Does the Cup still make sense with 3 games? Well, sort of.
This season the Trillium Cup will take on a format closer to what it was originally like. In 2008 and 2009, the first two years the cup was handed out, the clubs played three times each season so this is not new ground that we are heading in to this season. The cup will be based on who collects the most points in the three meetings with the first tie breaker being away goals. It does take something away as the format gives an advantage to the club that plays two home games.
So with all that in mind we want to know. How do you feel about the Trillium Cup?