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Toronto Defeats Crew, Earns 2014 Trillium Cup

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Toronto Defeats Crew, Earns 2014 Trillium CupAll photos by Matt Ellis.
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A late goal from Toronto’s Luke Moore gave the Canadian team all three points as they broke the Crew’s tiny unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory at Crew Stadium on Saturday night during the final game of the Trillium Cup series.

For the second time this year in Columbus, Toronto were without Jermain Defoe but did bring back the ineffective Dom Oduro who as normal ran around a lot while failing to score – although this time with the approval of the Crew faithful.

The Crew also had/have their attacking problems, with rookie Adam Bedell leading the line and still trying to get on the same wavelength as Federico Higuain, although Jairo Arrieta made a welcome return to the team after being sidelines for the past few weeks with injury.

After a fairly even half of football it was Toronto that opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. Gilbero was able to push past the Crew back-line and slide the ball across Crew ‘keeper Steve Clark into the corner of the goal.

The Crew replied almost immediately when the home team were awarded a penalty following a hand ball from Toronto defender Justin Morrow. The resulting kick was confidently dispatched by Higuain to take the teams into the break on level terms.

The second half started with Toronto pinning the home team into their own half and within 15 minutes Toronto were again in front after Jonathan Osorio popped the ball into an open goal after the ball fortuitously ended up bouncing beyond a downed Steve Clark.

The Crew benefited from their own slice of luck late in the game as super-sub Justin Meram’s cross somehow managed to bend its way beyond the Toronto goalkeeper and set up what could’ve been a grandstand finish.

But just two minutes later Toronto snatched the winner as Moore ended his showcase night and silenced the home crowd, many of whom were still celebrating the Crew equalizer.

The Crew will be back in action for another high profile game next week when Robbie Keane, Robbie Rogers and that-guy-who-got-dropped travel with LA Galaxy for what should be another large crowd at Crew Stadium.

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Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.

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