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Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC: The Game Thread

Whatever Renteria, your attendance is still crappier than ours.
(CREDIT: Jamie Sabau, Getty Images)
Whatever Renteria, your attendance is still crappier than ours. (CREDIT: Jamie Sabau, Getty Images)
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5-14-5, 10th East
8-8-6, 7th East
LS: Koevermans (9)

LS: Eddie Gaven (5)
2012 Major League Soccer Season, Game 25
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
7:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM MDT)
TV: GOL (Canada), Fox Sports Ohio (USA)
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Referee: Sorin Stoica (5 MLS matches, 3 YC/gm, 4 pens)
Forecast: Sunny, 25°C; Wind NW 5 km/hr

Last Meeting: 3/31/2012, TFC 0-1 CLB

Time to learn a lesson, like Pavlov's dog
If same-ing isn't working why don't you different instead, instead, instead
Like Samson and Delilah, Attila and the Huns
You're ready for a new round, don't it look like it's gonna be fun, be fun
Up from the floor on the count of ten, oh, you get up, you get down, and you try it again

- "Try It Again", The Hives

It's 11 days later than it's supposed to, but the case is still the same -- it's another "derby" date. The Trillium Cup is once again on offer, with the Ohioans holding a one-game advantage in what is essentially, with the entry of Montreal into MLS, a hollow, meaningless derby. But it's points nevertheless, and hey...the more points we can take from teams trying to get into the playoffs, the better, right? Spoiler time, indeed.

The lineups on both sides have a few key gaps to deal with, though. Doneil Henry is now out after sustaining the injury against Sporting KC, and Reggie Lambe and Jeremy Hall remain out. On the other hand, the Crew is without Will Hesmer and Bernardo Anor, two very important pieces of the Crew puzzle. Meanwhile on the discipline front, Torsten Frings will have to be on his best behavior for referee Sorin Stoica, as he's one yellow away from an automatic suspension.

This will also be our first close-up look at the Crew's new DP, Federico Higuain, who had an assist on his debut during Columbus' last match against Houston. There'll also be leading goal-scorer Eddie Gaven, and Jairo Arrieta, whom along with Higuain will be two to watch out for up front. Otherwise, aside from Kirk Urso (who passed away days before the original date of this match, leading to the rescheduling), the Crew are almost the same as they were since the teams last met in March.

Pre-match, do check out Dave's tee-up of tonight's match, and James' Know Your Enemy file. Then, if you're feeling lucky, enter our "Are You Smarter" contest to win your very own Preki doll. We'll have team news as soon as it hits twitter and general chat and commentary in the comments section throughout the game.