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Game Thread: Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew

Follow along as Toronto FC try to do the improbable and win the Trillium Cup with a playoff spot already locked up.

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew

2:00 PM Eastern

BMO Field Toronto, ON

TSN 1 & 4

The Headliner: Trophies

There will be silverware handed out today at BMO Field, some of which will be significant, some of which not so much.

As this is the last game of the season between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew, that means the Trillium Cup will be handed out today at BMO Field. With TFC have just clinched their first ever playoff spot, winning a regular season trophy isn't very enticing.

What could also be handed out today, more importantly is the MLS golden boot. While both TFC and Crew still have a match remaining after this, it is the last time the league's two leading scorers will get to go head to head.

For most of the season it has been clear who would win the Golden boot: one of either Columbus's Kei Kamara or Sebastian Giovinco. They are currently both five goals clear of Robbie Keane, David Villa and Cyle Larin who have 17 goals each.

Sebastian Giovinco currently has the lead because he has more assists than Kamara, but the Columbus Crew striker has always found a win to keep himself ahead or close to the Toronto FC MVP.

Both have also had great games against each others teams. Kamara scored in a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC in the second game of the season. He then scored the opener in a 3-3 draw between the teams later in the season.

Giovinco, on the other hand, was held scoreless in the team's first game against the Crew. But in the second he was instrumental in an incredible Toronto comeback, scoring the first himself before setting up Collen Warner and drawing a penalty converted by Jozy Altidore.

Both will be hoping to add to their totals today, as they get closer and closer to the coveted Golden Boot.

While the Trillium Cup trophy itself may not be important to both teams, winning today's match is crucial. This is probably the best opportunity both will get to insure home advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

The Crew themselves have not secured a playoff spot yet, something they will definitely want to do today. As Toronto FC have found out before that's not a thing you want to leave for the last minute.

The Lineup:

Toronto FC- Bendik, Morrow, Kantari, Williams, Jackson, Cheyrou, Warner, Findley, Bradley, Delgado, Giovinco

With Toronto FC already securely in the playoffs, Joe Bendik will get a chance to play in net today and prove himself an option again should Chris Konopka have a slip up.

On the backline Ahmed Kantari comes in for the injured Damien Perquis alongside the now tried and tested backline of Justin Morrow, Josh Williams and Jackson.

In the midfield, Michael Bradley will draw in for Jonathan Osorio, who is possibly still feeling the affects of a hit to the head he took from a Herculez Gomez free kick. Robbie Findley is in for Ashtone Morgan.

Up front the man of the hour Sebastian Giovinco will be the lone striker after Jozy Altidore was suspended for comments he made from the bench at an assistant referee during Toronto's Wednesday match.