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Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew: The Game Thread

It's "Derby" day, hooray. Columbus is at BMO, where they haven't lost...and we have a new Spanish winger. Incongruous things? Maybe not.

Will anyone be able to stop Higuain?!
Will anyone be able to stop Higuain?!

2013 MLS Season, Game 20
2pm ET, July 27, 2013
BMO Field, Toronto


Referee Ismail Elfath
Assistants Peter Manikowski, Jason Cullum, Robert Sibiga
Last Meeting 5/18/2013 (Toronto), TFC 0-1 CLB
All-Time Head to Head TFC 1, CLB 9, Ties 7
Toronto Head to Head TFC 0, CLB 3, Ties 5
Weather Thundershowers, 24°C
Wind S 17 km/h

At last, we have a signing! A signing that's been rumoured for a while and no it's not the one that we've been chomping on the bit about (read: Forlan) but hey, it's better than absolutely nothing, right? Given all of the changes and the retirements (read: Califf) and all the deafening silence that has been since those things have happened, hey, the team has something to show for it, right?

And who better to show off the new piece to a hated loathed indifferent "rival" of which a prefabricated rivalry has been created? Granted, it's not ALL the pieces (or so they say), but it's something nevertheless. Last time these two teams met it was a single goal that decided the affair, albeit with (then) new pieces like Jeremy Brockie and Steven Caldwell that were just getting their legs in. Is this time going to be any different? We can't say -- but if you can, tell us!

Lineups wise, Danny Koevermans and Robert Earnshaw are once again unavailable, while Alvaro Rey will probably start from the bench. The Crew may be just a mere nine points ahead in the Eastern table, but are coming off a 2-0 gutpunch of a loss to the Revolution and has no major injuries of note. How will this pan out? Find out with us here with your friends at WTR.