Result of the Saturday May 2nd, 2009 MLS game between Toronto FC and Columbus Crew played at BMO Field in Toronto at 4:00pm.
Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)
................24 Stefan Frei
16 Marvell Wynne...15 Adrian Serioux...4 Marco Velez...11 Jim Brennan (cpt)
2 Sam Cronin...20 Amado Guevara...33 Carl Robinson
..............8 Pablo Vitti...9 Danny Dichio...19 Chad Barrett
Subs:...1 Greg Sutton (gk)...3 Nana Attakora-Gyan (def)...5 Kevin Harmse (def)...7 Fuad Ibrahim (fwd)...10 Rohan Ricketts (mid)...13 Johann Smith (mid)
14 Dwayne DeRosario (mid)
team officials:...head coach Chris Cummins
Columbus Crew (all yellow, black names and numbers)
.......................30 Andy Gruenebaum
24 Jed Zayner...23 Eric Brunner...14 Chad Marshall...5 Danny O'Rourke
16 Brian Carroll...17 Emmanuel Ekpo...12 Eddie Gaven...19 Robbie Rogers
................10 Alejendro Moreno...7 Guillermo Barros Schelotto (cpt)
Subs:...-- Ben Dragavon (gk)...3 Alex Grendi (mid)...8 Duncan Oughton (mid)...11 Pat Noonan (fwd)...15 Kevin Burns (mid)...32 Steven Lenhart (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Robert Warzycha
Game officials:...referee Kevin Stott...referee's assistants Greg Barkey and Philippe Briere...fourth official Steve DePiero...(all black, neon orange trim)
1st Half:...game starts 4:07pm...TFC defend south end on this cool late afternoon. It is overcast but the sun breaks out at various times. There's been a pregame rain but it had stopped. A harder rain started right at the time of the playing of the national anthems and a stong wind blows from the north as the rain gets worse.
3 min...CC player's pass down left wing runs too far upfield for charging CC Rogers to stop ball from rolling over end line.
5 min...TFC Robinson gets by CC defender when defender slips at CC 30 yards near left sideline but Robinson bends in low cross that rolls to goalie.
7 min...CC Ekpo cross from right from 22 yards deflects off players in center on edge of box and CC Rogers gets off balance shot from 15 yards on left that deflects off TFC Wynne for cornerkick.
8 min...CC Schelotto cornerkick from left deflects off TFC Guevara 12 yards wide of left goalpost for another cornerkick.
8 min...CC Schelotto cornerkick from left has Dichio at 2 yard line head ball down and TFC Guevara works it out of box.
9 min...CC YELLOW card...Schelotto earns it for pushing over TFC Guevara after he'd cleared ball at 20 yards.
11 min...the rain has stopped for the moment.
12 min...TFC Wynne long pass up right line for Barrett who charges up for it and low cross from near cornerflag has retreating defender stop and another defender keep it from crossing end line.
14 min...CC Rogers low cross from 20 yards on left side and it rolls into box where CC Ekpo ready to boot 8 yard ball but TFC Brennan beats him to clear ball to right side for cornerkick.
14 min...CC Schelotto cornerkick from left has TFC goalie leap on right post to get hand to ball away from jumping CC Marshall. Ball bounces for CC Ekpo to turn and fire 18 yard shot well high and wide left of net.
15 min...TFC Barrett on rush down right wing crosses from near cornerflag that goalie catches on near post.
16 min...TFC Brennan long run on left has 16 yard cross partially blocked by defender and second defender clears.
17 min...TFC Wynne called for pushing over CC O'Rourke trying to avoid goalkick call on rush deep into right wing of CC end.
18 min...CC Ekpo rush up right wing rolls cross under sliding TFC Serioux but TFC Brennan retreats to kick away ball in box for cornerkick.
19 min...CC Schelotto cornerkick from right has CC Marshall knock header from 12 yards and TFC Vitti head it away from right post.
19 min...TFC Cronin pass downfield from near center line on right finds charging TFC Barrett on left edge of box who chests ball down and taps pass through defender to TFC Vitti who can't get away shot at 7 yards as being checked by CC O'Rourke.
21 min...CC Schelotto nods header from 15 yards on cross from CC Ekpo on right from 15 yards but ball is wide right of goal.
23 min to 32 min...the wind and rain starts up very hard again.
23 min...CC Rogers diagonal run from near left sideline at 35 yards and 20 yard low shot from left is pushed wide left post post by diving goalie.
24 min...CC Schelotto cornerkick from left is kicked to CC Carroll on outside left edge of box and his 20 yard shot is blasted well over net.
27 min...TFC Brennan gets ball on left side of box but runs away with it and can't turn for shot with defender following him and defender clears ball away.
30 min...CC Ekpo is pushed pass on right and he crosses into box where ball is popped up on header and charging CC Moreno heads 10 yard shot that bounces to goalie.
32 min...CC Gaven gets short pass up the middle and his 15 yard scuffed shot wide wide left of net.
33 min...TFC Robinson feeds 50 yard roller up middle to right but ball was unplayed and rolls out for a throw-in near the cornerflag.
34 min...TFC Vitti 22 yard blast from left is wide left of net.
36 min...TFC Serioux long throw-in from left has defender on left side of box heads ball away from box.
38 min...CC Gaven charges into box from left wing and taps pass to CC Schelotto who boots ball over net from 15 yards.
38 min...CC goalie charges out to edge of box to catch bouncer headed back by defender.
39 min...TFC YELLOW card...Brennan drew it for elbow that knocks down CC Ekpo at TFC 40 yards near right sideline.
40 min...CC Schelotto 45 yard freekick from right has two CC players and two TFC players jump to head ball at left edge of TFC 6 yard box. TFC goalie can't get into play to punch ball away and is caught out of net. Ball drops for CC Rogers who blasts 8 yard shot well over net.
42 min...TFC Barrett at 15 yard line who'd just received pass up right sideline from TFC Wynne rolls under defender to charging TFC Wynne who rushed into box but sliding CC Gaven pokes ball away at 5 yards for a cornerkick.
42 min...TFC Guevara cornerkick from right has ball drift behind net
44 min...TFC Guevara 45 yard freekick up middle has TFC Velez with back to goal get a backwards header from 12 yards and shot bounces to goalie.
45 min...CC Ekpo works give and go with CC Schelotto on rush up right side and low cross from 18 yards rolls along edge of box but TFC defender clears.
47 min...half ends 4:54pm.
Halftime entertainment: There is another fan contest of picking up pizza boxes and shooting a ball into a small net with their arms full. There was not a drop of rain during halftime.
2nd Half:...starts 4:09pm...the rain starts again right when the game is ready to resume.
halftime sub:...TFC DeRosario replaces Dichio.
47 min...CC Rogers cross from 30 yards on left wing has goalie drift forward to catch inside box.
49 min...CC Rogers injured at CC 35 yard line from knee in the back by TFC Guevara as both jump for high ball.
50 min...TFC YELLOW card...Barrett earns it for kick on CC Brunner injurying him as both went for ball at CC 50 yard sideline.
53 min...CC Emmanuel Ekpo GOAL...Ekpo charges up middle from 45 yards and get through two defenders (Jim Brennan and Marco Velez) and swings wide on goalie Stefan Frei and rolls 10 yarder from right into open net as TFC Wynne slides into net too late to block shot.
55 min...TFC Wynne back to prevent low cross from left on CC Rogers and ball deflects for throw-in.
56 min...CC YELLOW card...O'Rourke for pulling down TFC Guevara at CC 40 yard line on left preventing his break out.
59 min...TFC DeRosario threads ball from left sideline upfield for TFC Barrett at CC 25 yards and he runs to left edge of box and wins cornerkick as CC defender has ball deflect off him on cross from 8 yards near left end line.
59 min...TFC Guevara cornerkick from left tapped over to TFC Vitti also near cornerflag and Vitti sets it up for Guevara to cross and leaping defender heads ball away although whistle blown in box. Offside on TFC players in box.
61 min...CC sub...Noonan replaces Schelotto.
61 min...TFC goalie reaches overhead to catch cross from left sent in from CC Rogers from 25 yards.
63 min...TFC Chad Barrett GOAL...TFC Sam Cronin on run down left wing dekes CC Brian Carroll on inside to get at ball and crosses from 15 yards. TFC Barrett waiting at 5 yards to head in ball over goalie Andy Gruenebaum into center of net.
66 min...CC O'Rourke injured when he and TFC Vitti crash heads near center line when they both leap for high ball.
67 min...CC Rogers cornerkick from left has CC Marshall at 6 yards head ball and sprawling goalie catches ball as he falls.
68 min...TFC DeRosario has ball poked away on edge of CC box by defender.
68 min...TFC Serioux slides in on tackle from behind on TFC Moreno at center line injurying him.
70 min...CC Rogers cornerkick from left has TFC Robinson block on left edge of box.
70 min...TFC Wynne leads 2 on 1 rush as he'd beaten CC Carroll's tackle attempt at center line and his cross has defender block but trailing rush but TFC DeRosario trailing play blasts 22 yard shot well over net.
71 min...TFC Vitti trips up running into CC box after TFC Guevara tapped him a pass at 25 yards.
72 min...CC Rogers bullet shot from 18 yards on left has goalie bat down and pick up ball.
73 min...CC Rogers 30 yard freekick from right has TFC Barrett head ball away as nearest defender on edge of box.
75 min...TFC Guevara rolls ball up middle from 30 yards right to goalie after receiving TFC Robinson's low freekick from 55 yards from right.
76 min...CC O'Rourke 30 yard shot from extreme left is well wide right of net.
77 min...TFC Serioux slips and gives ball away at 20 yards to CC Noonan but goalie makes point blank save from 12 yards deflecting ball wide left.
78 min...CC Rogers cornerkick from left and TFC goalie leaps to catch in front of crowd of players.
79 min...CC Gavin cornerkick from right has ball partially cleared and CC Carroll from 18 yards on left recrosses and defender in box heads ball away. CC Rogers gets to ball and blasts 25 yard shot well high and wide left of net.
79 min...TFC sub...Ricketts replaces Guevara.
............CC sub...Grendi replaces Ekpo.
81 min...CC Grendi 35 yard freekick has diving CC player head 15 yarder to goalie.
82 min...TFC Barrett cross in from right near cornerflag after run down wing and CC goalie can't grab it on leaping catch and ball falls on left side of box for TFC DeRosario who rolls ball across box and TFC Cronin has 12 yard shot blocked by defender.
82 min...CC YELLOW card...Gaven earns it for running through TFC Robinso to get to ball at CC 40 yards on right side.
85 min...TFC Ricketts pushed over by CC Marshall for freekick at CC 25 yard lines in middle.
85 min...TFC DeRosario blast of faked freekick blasts ball just over net from 25 yards.
88 min...TFC Ricketts crosses in ball from 25 yards near right sideline and TFC Vitti pops up header from 20 yards that goalie catches wide left of net on one bounce.
89 min...TFC Barrett turns and chips pass forward to TFC Brennan rushing into CC box but charging goalie gets to ball to grab it and prevent play.
90 min...TFC Ricketts chips cross into CC box from 35 yards on right and four players leap for it at 12 yards and CC Brunner heads it away.
91 min...TFC DeRosario tripped up as he's held just inside left side of CC box by CC Zayner but he spins and kicks cross to edge of box which defender clears.
92:58 min...game ends 5:57pm.
Final Score:.......Toronto FC.......1..........Columbus Crew..........1...........
Attendance was not announced but the league showed 19998. The crowd fled twice during the first half in the two bouts of rain we had plus the one at the start of the second half. (0 to 11 minutes, 23 to 32 minutes, and 46 to 49 minutes. The rain may have scared off some of the walk up crowd from coming. The weather was cool and windy but there were periods of bright sunshine between the bouts of rain.
TFC warmed up on the south west side of the field this game so it was tougher for me to see the starters up close.
The TFC starters were exactly the same as the midweek game with even the substitution list being the same as the last game except that midfielder Dwayne DeRosario was back from his hamstring injury and got into the game at the start of the second half to relieve Danny Dichio.
Columbus Crew were supposedly missing seven players due to injury and suspension. They had back up goalie Ben Dragavon from the MLS list. He was the reserve goalie for Seattle in the TFC season opener one month ago.
Chris Cummins was on the bench tonight officially named now as the head coach.
The Carlsberg Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was midfielder Sam Cronin. His play was good including setting up the TFC goal but I would have given the award to goalie Stefan Frei. He had much more to do in this game then the two shutouts he earned during the last week. His huge save at 77 minutes was a game saver. Frei had 8 shots on goal to deal with and the Crew goalie had only 2. Before the game started Frei was presented the Esquire (watch maker) Player of the Month Award for his work during April.
Next up for TFC is another home game. This one is Wednesday May 6th at 8:00pm against Vancouver Whitecaps as the first game in the 2009 Nutrilife Canadian Championship. On the line is a berth in the Concacaf championship against teams from North and Central America. Last year Toronto lost their home game to the Whitecaps and that was a big reason why Montreal Impact qualified. This year's home game is almost two months ahead of when they played last year and Vancouver has had less games than TFC as their season started within the last three weeks. Whitecaps will move up to the MLS in time for the 2011 season.
Columbus Crew (0-2-5) vs. Toronto FC (3-2-3) May 02, 2009 -- BMO Field Scoring Summary: CLB -- Emmanuel Ekpo 1 (unassisted) 54 TOR -- Chad Barrett 2 (Sam Cronin 2, Amado Guevara 3) 64 Columbus Crew -- Andy Gruenebaum, Jed Zayner, Eric Brunner, Chad Marshall, Danny O'Rourke, Robbie Rogers, Brian Carroll, Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo (Alex Grendi 80), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Pat Noonan 61), Alejandro Moreno, Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Burns, Ben Dragavon, Steven Lenhart, Duncan Oughton Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Marvell Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Pablo Vitti, Sam Cronin, Amado Guevara (Rohan Ricketts 80), Carl Robinson, Chad Barrett, Danny Dichio (Dwayne De Rosario 46), Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora-Gyan, Kevin Harmse, Fuad Ibrahim, Johann Smith, Greg Sutton Toronto FC Columbus Crew total shots: 5 (Dwayne De Rosario 2) 17 (Robbie Rogers 5) shots on goal: 2 (Chad Barrett 1, Marco Velez 1) 8 (Robbie Rogers 2) fouls: 8 (Chad Barrett 2, Amado Guevara 2) 11 (Eddie Gaven 3) offsides: 1 (Amado Guevara 1) 4 (Alejandro Moreno 4) corner kicks: 2 (Amado Guevara 2) 9 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 5) saves: 7 (Stefan Frei 7) 1 (Andy Gruenebaum 1) Misconduct Summary: CLB -- Guillermo Barros Schelotto (caution; Reckless Foul) 10 TOR -- Jim Brennan (caution; Reckless Foul) 40 TOR -- Chad Barrett (caution; Reckless Foul) 52 CLB -- Danny O'Rourke (caution; Reckless Foul) 57 CLB -- Eddie Gaven (caution; Reckless Foul) 83 referee: Kevin Stott Referee's Assistants: Greg Barkey; Philippe Briere 4th official: Steven DePiero time of game: 1:50 attendance: 19,998 weather: Cloudy -and- 57 degrees All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Crew players #7 Guillermo Barros Schelotto and #10 Alejendro Moreno wait for kick off to start the game.
Crew rush in the first half.
TFC Marvell Wynne takes a throw-in.
Crew Jed Zayner takes a throw-in.
Crew players keep up the pressure.
Crew travelling fans were all ticketed into Section 104. This was some post game shouting between TFC fans below and Crew fans held into the stands until the game emptied. They were escorted to their seats before TFC fans were allowed admission before the game. The police are in the stands.
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