Result of the Saturday July 27th, 2013 MLS game between Toronto FC and Columbus Crew played at BMO Field in Toronto at 2:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)

............................12 Joseph Bendik
27 Ricard Eckersley...13 Steven Caldwell (cpt)...4 Doneil Henry...5 Ashtone Morgan
21 Jonathan Osorio...26 Jeremy Hall...20 Matias Laba...15 Bobby Convey
.........17 Justin Braun...22 Jeremy Brockie

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...6 Gale Agbossoumonde...8 Kyle Bekker (mid)...16 Darel Russell (mid)...19 Reggie Lambe (fwd)
...23 Alvaro Rey (mid)...32 Andrew Wiedeman (fwd)
head coach Ryan Nelsen

Columbus Crew (all yellow, black names and numbers)

..................30 Andy Gruenebaum
3 Josh Williams...5 Danny O'Rourke...14 Chad Marshall...24 Agustin Viana
11 Dominic Oduro...8 Matias Sanchez...20 Wil Trapp...7 Bernardo Anor
............25 Jairo Arrieta...33 Federico Higuain (cpt)

Subs:...28 Matt Lampson (gk)...9 Justin Maram (fwd)...13 Ethan Finlay (mid/fwd)...19 Konrad Warzycha (mid)...21 Chad Barson (def)
...23 Kevan George (mid)...26 Ryan Finley (fwd)
head coach Robert Warzycha

Game officials:...referee Ismail Elfath...referee's assistants Peter Manikowski and Jason Cullum...fourth official Robert Sibiga ...(all black uniforms)

1st Half:...game starts 2:09pm...TFC defends north end on this warm day with a pregame misty rain that started at 1:20pm.
15 sec...Crew Viana injured at Crew 50 yard line on check by TFC Braun.
2 min...TFC Caldwell sends 60 yards boucing pass from near right sideline that Crew goalie beats TFC Osorio to through ball at 12 yards on right side of box.
4 min...TFC Convey rush up right and wins cornerkick on deflection off Crew Marshall on cross attempt at 15 yards on right.
4 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right is caught by goalie in crowd of players near left post.
7 min...TFC Convey cross from 30 yards on right has Crew Marshall pop header over own net from 15 yards in middle of box.
7 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has Crew Sanchez head ball away as nearest defender even with left post. TFC Laba rolls 25 yard shot from left wide right of net on deflection and wins cornerkick.
8 min...TFC Convey low cornerkick from right is short to TFC Laba who rolls pass from 18 yards on right into box where defender clears from middle of box.
8 min...TFC Morgan low shot up middle from 28 yards is smothered by diving goalie. Crew Higuain was injured earlier in play at Crew 25 yard line on right.
10 min...Crew Oduro rush on right and 30 yard low cross bounces through box unplayed.
11 min...TFC Brockie cross from 25 yards along left end line is caught by goalie stepping forward.
13 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has Crew Marshall head ball away from 7 yards.
13 min...TFC Convey chips in 40 yard ball from right that Crew Williams pops up header at 10 yard that goalie catches wide left of net.
13 min...TFC Convey rolls 40 yard ball up middle that goalie picks up as TFC Brockie let's pass bu as he was offside.
14 min...Crew Oduro rush on right around TFC Henry and crosses from end line over Crew players in box and out of box on left side.
16 min...Crew Dominic Oduro GOAL...Crew Matias Sanchez crosses from 60 yards on left over to Oduro at 35 yards on right and he knocks ball down with foot and runs forward and gets away 30 yard low blast around TFC Ashton Morgan that bounces in to short right side of net which has goalie Joe Bendik dive too late.
18 min...TFC Convey 40 yard freekick from right is rolled forward to TFC Eckersley and his cross is cleared by defender at 8 yards for throw-in.
19 min...Crew Oduro is injured at Crew 35 yard line when TFC Morgan bashes into him on clearance attempt from left.
20 min...TFC Henry after he miskicks clearance gives shirt pull to Crew Arrieta to try to hold him up on rush up left and he gets back to block his shot from 15 yards. Crew Trapp rebound shot from 28 yards up middle is bounced wide left of net.
23 min...Crew Marshall shanks clerance attempt at 30 yard line on right sideline and TFC Braun gets to it just behind him and pulls away from Marshall's grab and gets away 15 yard rolled cross from right that Crew defender has deflect off him and then Crew O'Rourke at 6 yards and goalie picks up.
24 min...Crew Arrieta turns and rolls pass to charging Crew Oduro on right who runs forward from 25 yards and takes low 15 yard shot that goalie sprawls at 5 yards on right to push away ball and it deflects out right side of box.
25 min...Crew player steps in front of TFC Laba to intercept pass before he gets to it at TFC 30 yards and rolls ball forward for Crew Arrieta who runs to right and steps around TFC Henry to take low 20 yard shot down middle that diving goalie blocks at 6 yards.
26 min...Crew Oduro crosses from 25 yards on right well over box and out for goalkick.
27 min...Crew Oduro injured near center line jumping for header with TFC Morgan.
29 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right has Crew Viana fly to head ball away from 12 yards on right. TFC Eckersley chips 30 yarder from right that goalie catches over head of TFC Henry at 8 yards.
30 min...TFC Morgan rolls 25 yard cross from left that Crew Trapp boots away from 15 yards in middle of box.
31 min...TFC Convey chips ball from 50 yards on left forward to TFC Brockie who chips charging goalie at 25 yards on left and Crew Viana runs back to clear ball at 6 yards preventing TFC Hall from getting to it.
31 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right has Crew Marshall head away at 10 yards in crowd of players in middle. Hall given ball back and low cross from 28 yards on right has Crew Marshall hook ball back as he falls at 8 yards and goalie picks up loose ball.
33 min...TFC Osorio can't break away on sweeping check that trips him at Crew 40 yards.
34 min...TFC Laba is injured near center line on follow through of Crew Anor sliding clearance.
40 min...Crew Sanchez is injured at Crew 50 yard line on bump in back by TFC Brockie.
43 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right has defender head ball away from 6 yards in middle of box.
43 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right has ball headed down at 6 yards back for TFC Osorio at 12 yards and his shot deflects off defender and ball rolls forward to right and TFC Henry called offside near right end line.
45 min...TFC Brockie is checked off ball on edge of box after TFC Convey rushes across from right sideline to middle and rolls pass forward from 25 yards.
46 min...Crew Higuain 50 yard freekick from left has Crew Viana with back to goal heads ball from 12 yards in middle that goalie catches but whistle was blown for players pushing in box.
46 min...TFC Brockie gets pass pushed forward to him at 15 yards by TFC Braun from 22 yards in box and Crew Viana from behind slides and pokes ball away at 7 yards. No Penalty kick call at 15 yards.
47 min...half ends 2:56pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...There was a contest between three kilt wearers who had to recite the company jingle in their best Scotish accents. Winner by audience applause was a man over another man and a woman. Interesting that this was the same contest they had when Columbus was the visiting team earlier this year.

2nd Half:...half starts 3:13pm. There's no rain at the start of the half.
halftime subs:...TFC Lambe replaces Hall.
................TFC Wiedeman replaces Braun.
46 min...TFC Laba 35 yard cross from left is through box to no one.
47 min...Crew Arrieta at 15 yards in middle taps ball back for Crew Viana to blast 30 yarder high and wide left of net.
51 min...TFC Convey 30 yard freekick from far right has defender pop up header on right and goalie catch.
54 min...TFC Osorio 40 yard freekick chip from middle is over players and wide left.
55 min...TFC Eckersley run with TFC Osorio on right and Eckersley is checked off ball on edge of box.
57 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has TFC Brockie at 8 yards on left head ball across box and Crew Marshall heads ball from 6 yards forward and out of box.
59 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has leaping TFC Brockie at 12 yards on right head ball across box and TFC Henry pops up header at 8 yards and Crew Viana kicks away.
61 min...TFC Osorio cross from left cornerflag has defender head ball away.
62 min...Crew Viana throw-in from left is short and tapped back to him to cross from 28 yards into center where Crew Oduro at 10 yards in middle taps ball back and Crew Williams blasts 20 yard shot high and wide left of net.
62 min...Crew YELLOW card...Anor earns it for injurying TFC Laba as both jump for header near center line.
It starts to rain too hard for me to make notes so I fill in the next 8 minutes after watching the television broadcast.
63 min...Crew Oduro is injured in collision with TFC Morgan near center line.
65 min...TFC Osorio gets 15 yard shot from extreme right blocked by Crew Marshall.
66 min...TFC Lambe checked off ball on edge of Crew box by Crew Oduro.
67 min...TFC YELLOW card...Henry earns it for grabbing Crew Arrieta on right edge of TFC box.
68 min...Crew Higuain 22 yard freekick from right is high and wide right of net as he ignores all players in box waiting for cross.
70 min...Crew Higuain chips 35 yard cross down middle that goalie comes out to catch in front of Crew Oduro.
71 min...TFC YELLOW card...Eckersley earns it for tripping Crew Marshall at Crew 40 yard line after he'd been checked off ball.
72 min...TFC Brockie has Crew O'Rouke keep him off shot in box from 10 yards near right end line.
73 min...Crew Arrieta prevented by TFC Laba on left edge of box from getting away shot.
74 min...Crew Viana is injured making sliding poke check on TFC Brockie at Crew 30 yards.
75 min...TFC sub...Rey replaces Morgan. TFC Lambe moves back to defence.
76 min...TFC Brockie cross from 22 yards on left is caught by goalie unchallenged.
It now starts raining again so hard I can't make any notes for the rest of the game.
78 min...Crew sub...Barson replaces still injured Viana.
78 min...TFC Eckersley low pass from 28 yards on left has TFC Brockie slip in middle on edge of box and defender clears.
78 min...TFC Lambe cross from 25 yards on right has Crew Williams at 12 yards head ball out left side of box for cornerkick.
79 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has leaping Crew Marshall at 7 yards on right head ball behind end line.
79 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right is high and TFC Laba at 10 yards on left heads ball back across box and defender heads ball away.
80 min...Crew Barson 28 yard low shot from left is blocked by TFC player at 12 yards and cleared.
81 min...TFC Brockie low cross from 25 yards on right has Crew Marshall get kick away at 10 yards to prevent TFC Wiedeman getting to it.
81 min...TFC Rey blasts 30 yard shot down middle over players on edge of box and well over net.
82 min...TFC Brockie rush on right near sideline and rolls cross from 35 yards that goalie slides out to 15 yards to smother ball ahead of TFC Wiedeman.
84 min...TFC Convey low cross from 22 yards on right has Crew TFC Brockie at 15 yards on right checked off ball by defender when he tries to turn.
84 min...Crew Higuain pushes pass forward on left from 30 yards charging Crew Arrieta who sends low cross from 20 yards from left that TFC Henry stops at 7 yards on left which prevents Crew Anor from getting to pass.
84 min...Crew Higuain chips pass from 35 yards on left over to Crew Oduro on edge of box and he takes 18 yard shot from right that's wide right of net.
85 min...Crew Ethan Finlay replaces Oduro.
85 min...Crew Anor dribble down middle and shoots 25 yarder well high and left of net.
86 min...TFC Jonathan Osorio GOAL...TFC Bobby Convey at 35 yards on right sends low ball forward that TFC Jeremy Brockie gets foot up to flick down at 20 yards over to charging Osorio who gets away low 15 yard shot as Crew Chad Marshall slides at him from behind and ball is over sliding goalie into right side of net.
86 min...TFC YELLOW card...Osorio earns it for pulling off his jersey to swing it around in front of the crowd.
88 min...Crew Higuain passes forward from 45 yards on right over to 18 yards on right but goalie charges out to pick up ball before Crew player can get to it.
89 min...Crew sub...Meram replaces Anor.
89 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has leaping TFC Caldwell push down Crew Meram to head ball down at 7 yards on left and it deflects up and hits left post and bounces away for Crew Higuain to clear from 10 yards.
91 min...Crew Higuain pushes ball forward from 40 yards that has TFC Henry retreat to clear before charging Crew Arrieta can get to it at 15 yards on right.
91 min...Crew Higuain 55 yard freekick from right is blown down in box for Crew players charging in offside.
92 min...TFC Brockie eludes defender at right corner flag and starts run along right end line but pushes ball behind line for goalkick.
93 min...TFC Andrew Wiedeman GOAL...Crew goalie Andy Gruenebaum punts high ball downfield from edge of box but it gets hung up in the wind and falls at Crew 50 yards where TFC Bobby Convey heads ball forward to TFC player at 40 yard line who taps ball over to right for charging Convey who crosses from 30 yards on right and Wiedeman slides on his back and sticks foot up to connect at 8 yards down middle and ball rolls into right corner of net as goalie was protecting left side.
94:56 min...game ends 4:02pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......2..........Columbus Crew...........1........

Attendance was announced as 17987. There were a lot of empty seats in the 'good' seats. I wonder if those people knew it would rain or they'd been dissatisfied by the team not winning an MLS game at BMO field in over a year? TFC won their home opener at Rogers Centre this season and an Amway Canadian Championship game earlier this year and a CONCACAF Championship group game last season but haven't had much to cheer about in a long time.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as midfielder Jonathan Osorio who scored the tieing goal. I agree with this choice just for the goal itself but otherwise Bobby Convey played an even better game with crosses and cornerkicks.

Toronto FC had never beaten the Crew in Toronto before today (their 9th visit to Toronto) and this evens their record in the Trillium Cup to one win each with the decider to be played in their only visit to Columbus on August 17th.

TFC's forwards Robert Earnshaw is still out with a hamstring injury and Danny Koevermans has been injured most of the year.

Chants of "We want Diego" rang out at 60 minutes when TFC Ashtone Morgan fumbled a ball knocking it out of bounds. That was probably in frustration for the promised new players on the transfer market that TFC is supposed to sign.

Crew gave up two stoppage times goals last week in their loss to New England Revolution in a home game.

Two late goals for TFC like the game against FC Dallas that earned the 2-2 tie and had the lasting consequence of sidelining Richard Eckersley for months who injured himself celebrating Daryl Russell's tieing goal.

The driving rain really favoured TFC in the last 20 minutes. It was falling down but a strong wind was blowing to the north in the faces of the Crew goalie and defenders. They can't rely on this every game to help them out! The worst of the rain let off soon after the game ended but I stood during the Reserves game because my clothes and the seats were soaked.

Good thing the worst of the rain didn't fall until the end of the game. I was at two instances of rain halting games--both in 2011. TFC had their Canadian Championship game against Vancouver halted when they were behind 1-0 and that was replayed months later with TFC winning. Later that year in the CONCACAF group TFC were behind 1-0 against FC Dallas and they replayed that game the next day but this time Dallas won that game too.

Rocket Robin

stats from MLSsoccer.co

Major Events

Goals and Assists
CLB   17'      Dominic Oduro (Matías Sánchez) 
TOR   87'      Jonathan Osorio (Jeremy Brockie, Bobby Convey) 
TOR   90' + 4  Andrew Wiedeman (Bobby Convey) 

CLB   64'      Bernardo Anor     Foul                   YELLOW  
TOR   68'      Doneil Henry      Foul                   YELLOW
TOR   72'      Richard Eckersley Foul                   YELLOW
TOR   88'      Jonathan Osorio   Excessive celebration  YELLOW 

Match Info
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Attendance: 17987

Match Stats

Toronto FC                Columbus Crew
 10     Attempts on Goal    11 
  4     Shots on Target      3 
  3     Shots off Target     6 
  3     Blocked Shots        2 
  9     Corner Kicks         0 
 10     Fouls               17 
 28     Open Play Crosses    7 
  5     Offsides             2 
  3     First Yellow Cards   1 
  0     Second Yellow Cards  0 
  0     Red Cards            0 
 52     Duels Won           51 
 50%    Duels Won %         49% 
382     Total Pass         368 
 76%    Passing Accuracy %  71% 
 52.5%  Possession          47.5% 




Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; 
Richard Eckersley, Steven Caldwell ©, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan (Alvaro Rey 76’); 
Jonathan Osorio, Jeremy Hall (Reggie Lambe 45’), Matias Laba, Bobby Convey; 
Jeremy Brockie, Justin Braun (Andrew Wiedeman 45’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darel Russell, Kyle Bekker

Columbus Crew – Andy Gruenebaum; 
Agustin Viana (Chad Barson 79’), Chad Marshall, Josh Williams, Danny O’Rourke; 
Will Trapp, Federico Higuain, Matias Sanchez, Dominic Oduro (Ethan Finlay 86’), Bernardo Anor (Justin Meram 90’); 
Jairo Arrieta

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Lampson, Kevan George, Konrad Warzycha, Ryan Finley

TFC starters

Crew starters

TFC Justin Braun (17) and Jeremy Brockie (22) take openting kickoff.

TFC Bobby Convey (15) taps ball to Justin Braun (17).

TFC Bobby Convey (15) cornerkick is flying towards goal.

TFC Matias Laba (20) leads rush.

The ball is up on the edge of the TFC box.

TFC Jonathan Osorio (21) dribbles ball.

Crew Federico Higuain (33) takes freekick.

TFC players applaud the fans who remained.

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