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Result and details of the May 21, 2016 MSL game between Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew played at BMO Field at 5:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)

.................1 Clint Irwin
15 Eriq Zavaleta...23 Josh Williams...3 Drew Moor...2 Justin Morrow
33 Steven Beitashour...14 Jay Chapman...4 Michael Bradley (cpt)...7 Will Johnson
..............10 Sebastian Giovinco...11 Mo Babouli

Subs:...25 Alex Bono (gk)...5 Ashton Morgan (def)...6 Nick Hagglund (def)...9 Tsubasa Endoh (fwd)
...19 Daniel Lovitz (fwd)...21 Jonathan Osorio (mid)...24 Damien Perquis (def)
team officials:...head coach Greg Vanney

Columbus Crew (all black, yellow names and numbers)

..................1 Steve Clark
........25 Harrison Afful...4 Michael Parkhurst (cpt)...22 Gaston Sauro
8 Mohammed Saeid...20 Wil Trapp...10 Federico Higuain...11 Cedrick Mabwati...3 Corey Ashe
...............9 Justin Meram...17 Ola Kamara

Subs:...41 Brad Stuver (gk)...13 Ethan Finlay (mid)...14 Waylon Francis (def)...16 Hector Jimenez (mid)
...19 Rodrigo Saravia (mid)...21 Chad Barson (def)...27 Conor Casey (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Gregg Berhalter

Game officials:...referee Nima Saghafi...referee's assistants Craig Lowry and Anthony Vasoli
...fourth official Hilario Grajeda...(teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 5:10pm...TFC defend south end on this mild, partly overcast late afternoon.
55 sec...TFC defender heads ball forward and out of box at 8 yards on cross by CC Mabwati from 22 yards on far left.
1 min...CC Meram low 35 yard shot up middle deflects off TFC Johnson at 25 yards on bounces wide left for cornerkick.
2 min...CC Higuain cornerkick from left has him kick ball upfield. CC Afful blasts low 30 yard shot up middle through players wide left of goal.
6 min...CC goalie runs to edge of box to grab bouncer sent in by TFC Zavaleta from 75 yards before TFC Babouli can get to it.
8 min...CC Mabwati is checked off ball cutting into left side of box by TFC Zavaleta.
9 min...TFC Beitashour low cross from 30 yards on right wins cornerkick when booted behind end line by CC Sauro at 8 yards.
9 min...TFC Giovinco high cornerkick from right has CC Parkhurst head away from 10 yards with crowd in middle of box.
12 min...CC Sauro on left bounces 30 yarder into box but behind CC Kamara at 10 yards and out for goalkick on right.
14 min...CC Higuain long pass from 60 yards finds CC Kamara just inside box and whose low 20 yard shot wins cornerkick on left on deflection off TFC Zavaleta.
14 min...CC Meram cornerkick from left has TFC Beitashour on left edge of box pop up header for cornerkick on left.
15 min...CC Meram cornerkick from left has ball over head of CC Mabwati on right post and bounces for goalkick.
16 min...TFC Beitashour cross from 25 yards on right is over heads of TFC Chapman and Johnson in CC box at 10 yards and defender clears.
16 min...CC Mabwati rush on left and cross into box from 20 yards has CC Higuain bicycle kick from 8 yards on far right sail over net.
18 min...TFC Morrow run on left is then crossed backwards and behind TFC Giovinco in box and defenders clear outside box to start fast break upfield.
19 min...CC Trapp 28 yard chip pass from left bounces over right end line.
20 min...CC Meram is whistled down for hand ball in TFC box on right on deflection off TFC Moor.
22 min...CC Higuain 35 yard freekick from left has CC Kamara bounce header from 8 yards in crowd of players over bar but offside flag is up.
23 min...TFC Bradley 40 yard freekick down middle to TFC Babouli on left edge of box and he wins cornerkick on deflection off defender.
23 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick on left has goalie swat ball away at 4 yards between crowd of players to start fast CC break.
25 min...TFC Giovinco 25 yard freekick from left has CC Ashe concede cornerkick on boot on edge of box.
26 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left has goalie punch ball away. Giovinco eventual recross has CC goalie palm ball through box and TFC Babouli blasts 10 yarder over bar from right although whistle had blown.
27 min...CC Higuain threads pass up middle from 40 yards and CC Afful wins cornerkick on deflection from 12 yards off TFC Morrow.
28 min...CC Afful cornerkick from right has TFC Williams pop up header on near post and CC player at 15 yards pops up header away from goal which starts TFC fast break. TFC Giovinco on 1 on 3 has TFC Beitashour put himself offside on right.
30 min...CC Mabwati long run up middle and is checked off ball in TFC box.
30 min...CC Sauro is injured at CC 40 yard line.
34 min...CC sub...Saravia replaces injured Sauro.
34 min...CC Higuain rolls through ball pass forward from 35 yards for CC Kamara but goalie out to 10 yards to smother.
35 min...TFC Giovinco is tapped back ball and 20 yard shot up middle has goalie fly right to push wide right of post for cornerkick.
35 min...TFC Giovinco high cornerkick from right is over players in box and dribbled away on left.
37 min...TFC Babouli heads interception of goalie clearance pass to TFC Giovinco who shoots wide left from 10 yards on bounce on sidewinder kick.
38 min...CC Higuain low 22 yard shot from right is around players and goalie smothers on right post.
39 min...TFC Giovinco cross from 35 yards on left has TFC Chapman head down at 10 yards on right and over end line when trying to pass to TFC Babouli.
40 min...TFC Morrow at 15 yards on left wins cornerkick off deflection at 10 yards off CC Afful.
41 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left wins another cornerkick on deflection by CC goalie on left post.
41 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left is into short side outside webbing of net.
42 min...CC Higuain cross from 35 yards on left has CC Kamara even with right post head 8 yarder that flying goalie palms left and defender clears.
42 min...TFC Babouli on long run down right wing with TFC Giovinco in middle crosses low from 20 yards on right that goalie smothers in 6 yard box.
45 min...TFC Babouli chips ball to left over TFC Morrow and CCs players clear from box.
46 min...half ends 5:56pm.

Halftime Entertainment: Tony from Pizza Pizza picked out a row for a free slice of pizza. A Nestle drumstick draw for ice cream to a particular section and row. There's a mini game of children playinng a 6 vs 5 in the center circle--I'm not sure what club team they were with.

Second Half:...starts 6:12pm.
halftime sub:...TFC Osorio replaces Chapman.
45 min...CC Mabwati 22 yard shot from left snakes between players and tips off defender for cornerkick.
46 min...CC Higuain short cornerkick from right tapped back to him and crossed in from near end line has defender pop header out left side of box.
47 min...CC Higuain low shot up middle from 25 yards has goalie smother near right post.
48 min...TFC Beitashour cross from right is headed away. TFC Morrow at 20 yards on left chips cross to middle and TFC Osorio tries to chip over defender from 20 yards down middle but ball is headed away to start fast break out.
50 min...CC Meram steals ball at TFC 50 yards off TFC Moor and charges up middle and at 25 yards chips goalie on shot that hits left post. The ball rebounds back out and CC Higuain takes low shot from 15 yards has sprawling from right that hits post. CC Higuain low shot from 15 yards has sprawling TFC Williams at 3 yards makes save and goalie dives forward and smothers ball at 6 yards.
51 min...CC Meram low 12 yard shot from right deflects between TFC William's legs at 8 yards and sprawling goalie gets hand to at 3 yards keeping it away from left post. TFC Zavaleta clears rebound.
51 min...CC Higuain cornerkick from right is partially cleared has CC Afful sky shot wide left for throw-in.
52 min...TFC Williams is injured at TFC 25 yard line pulling up lame.
53 min...TFC sub...Endoh replaces injured Williams.
55 min...TFC YELLOW card...Morrow earns it for sliding tackle on CC Meram at CC 35 yard line.
56 min...CC Higuain chips pass forward from 30 yards and CC Kamara can't control it behind defenders and goalie catches on bounce near right post.
58 min....CC Meram rolls 30 yarder up middle but no CC players run for it.
58 min...TFC Giovinco rush up left and 25 yard chip from far left has goalie catch before TFC Babouli can get to it.
59 min...CC Ashe cross from 25 yards on left has CC Meram pop header at 12 yards wide right of net.
62 min...TFC Giovinco eludes CC Parkhurst in box after receiving long downfield pass, turns and fires 10 yarder from left deflecting off CC Saravia and wide left for cornerkick.
62 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left has defender pop up header. TFC Bradley crosses back to Giovinco who wins another cornerkick as his low cross from 7 yards on left deflects off sliding CC Trapp.
63 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left is well over players in box and wide for goalkick.
64 min...TFC Endoh rolls pass from middle to right to TFC Babouli who wins cornerkick when he rolls cross from 20 yards on right and CC Savravia kicks behind own end line.
65 min...TFC Giovinco low cornerkick from right has nearest defender kick ball away.
65 min...CC sub...Finlay replaces Mabwati.
67 min...TFC Babouli rolls pass from 25 yards to charging TFC Giovinco up middle and in open and shoots 10 yarder wide left of post.
68 min...TFC Giovinco 12 yard shot from left blocked by defender.
68 min...TFC Morrow cross from 25 yards on left deflects off CC Finlay for cornerkick.
68 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left has goalie make overhead catch right in front of TFC Babouli waiting on right post.
71 min...TFC Giovinco 30 yard kick from left has goalie dive push wide left for cornerkick although ball would have been wide of post.
71 min...TFC sub...Lovitz replaces Morrow.
72 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from left has TFC Endoh on right pop up header at 10 yards and goalie catches.
72 min...TFC Beitashour cross from 30 yards on right is over head of leaping TFC Babouli at 10 yards in middle.
73 min...TFC goalie beats CC Kamara to sprawl on through ball pass to 12 yards on long pass by CC Higuain from 60 yards.
74 min...CC Ashe low cross from left on edge of box has TFC Williams block.
76 min...TFC Zavaleta key clearance in box of low cross from CC Finlay on right sent in from 25 yards.
76 min...CC Meram low 20 yard shot up middle is wide left of post.
77 min...CC Finlay checked off ball on 1 on 4 rush on edge of box.
78 min...TFC defenders make two or three clearances just inside box.
79 min...TFC Beitashour rush on right pass to TFC Giovinco who shoots 10 yarder that sprawling goalie deflects wide right.
79 min...TFC Giovinco cornerkick from right has defender head away on right side of box.
80 min...CC Afful cross from 25 yards on right drifts behind net.
81 min...TFC YELLOW card...Beitashour earns it for tackle on CC Meram at center line before he can break away.
84 min...CC sub...Jimenez replaces injured Meram before play resumes.
84 min...CC goalie smothers through ball before TFC Giovinco can get to it.
86 min...CC YELLOW card...Trapp earns it for sliding tackle on TFC Lovitz on left near edge of box although Lovitz jumped over him and ball hit Trapp on the hand.
87 min...TFC Giovinco low 28 yard freekick from right has nearest defender near left post clear.
88 min...CC Jimenez cross from 22 yards on extreme left has CC players not able to get away shot in box.
91 min...TFC Lovitz cross from 25 yards on left has defender concede cornerkick on right preventing TFC Osorio from making header at 7 yards on right post.
91 min...TFC Babouli cornerkick from right is whistled down in box.
92 min...CC Afful cross from 25 yards on right finds CC Jimenez in open on left and his scissor kick shot is over net from 15 yards.
94 min...TFC Giovinco can't win Penalty kick on run into right side of box when he bumps with CC Ashe.
94 min...game ends 7:01pm.

Final Score:.......Toronto FC........0.........Columbus Crew.........0..........

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as Mo Babouli. He played as a forward taking the place of the injured Jozy Altidore.

Attendance was announced as 26252 although I didn't hear it. There'd been a time change so it wouldn't conflict with the Toronto Raptors playoff basketball game which would kill them in the ratings. Since MLSE owns both teams, it was easy to give agreement to change the times.

On today's ticket was Jozy Altidore who has a hamstring injury and will miss six to eight weeks. Over the years there's been a jinx that about 20% of the players are traded before their ticket came up. One year they changed the tickets to pictures of fans. Recently they've been concentrating on almost untradeable Designated players.

TFC has only earned two points of the last possible nine this week with three home games in eight days. Today they miss a chance to move into a tie for first place with Philadelphia who won last night (not knowing a time of writing how Saturday games went).

Mo Babouli and Jay Chapman were starters again today. Chapman was removed at halftime for Jonathan Osorio who did play better. Babouli missed somw clear chances but did give a mermorable pass to Giovinco who fired wide from ten yards.

The TFC backline made some errant passes putting themselves under greater pressure. Crew players were mostly one last man away from a breakaway.

Crew goalie Steve Clark had less to do but made some imporatant saves and had TFC players fire off target.

Crew Ola Kamara (no relation to recently traded Crew forward Kei Kamara) had some good chances but couldn't score like Kei who last year tied Giovinco for most goals. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain argued two weeks ago about who would take a Penalty kick which highlighted some deeper dissention on the team. Kei ended up being traded to New England for a combination of salary cap money and the future and Crew may not make a move until the trade window reopens in July.

Today was the best time for TFC to pounce. They play the Crew again Wednesday July 13th in Columbus and then again Saturday July 31st in Toronto. No mention was made today about the Trillium Cup (named after the provincial/ state flower of both places) played between these two teams.

This was only referee Nima Sagafi's third MLS game. He let a lot of stuff go minimizing stoppages with less freekick calls and giving freekicks instead of Yellow cards. The gutsiest was not awarded Sebastian Giovinco an injury time Penalty kick.

A tie was a fair result for this game. 1-1 or 2-2 would also have been acceptable. It is probably more important to earn the shutout to restore confidence in their defence which allowed four goalos against last Saturday.

Giovinco had some clear chances but had goalie Steve Clark save or he shot off target. His passes to other TFC players were often wasted.

TFC have still not lost to an Eastern team this season. If their record against Western teams was better than 1 win, 4 losses they'd be in first place.

The first 10000 fans were given a Sebastian Giovinco t-shirt. This year it had a picture of him on it instead of just a cartoon 'Atomic Ant'.

stats from MLSsoccer.com
Match Information

Goals and Assists

56'  TOR  Justin Morrow                    Reason: Unsporting Behavior 
82'  TOR  Steven Beitashour                Reason: Unsporting Behavior 
88'  COL  Wil Trapp                        Reason: Handball 


Toronto FC 
11 F Mo Babouli 
10 F Sebastian Giovinco 
 1 G Clint Irwin 
15 D Eriq Zavaleta 
23 D Josh Williams     (54')
 3 D Drew Moor 
33 M Steven Beitashour 
 7 M Will Johnson 
 4 M Michael Bradley 
14 M Jay Chapman       (HT)
 2 M Justin Morrow     (72')

25 G Alex Bono 
24 D Damien Perquis 
 5 D Ashtone Morgan 
 6 D Nick Hagglund 
 9 D Tsubasa Endoh     (54')
21 M Jonathan Osorio   (HT)
19 M Daniel Lovitz     (72')

Manager  Greg Vanney 

Columbus Crew SC 
17 F Ola Kamara 
 1 G Steve Clark 
25 D Harrison Afful 
 4 D Michael Parkhurst 
22 D Gastón Sauro      (35')
 3 D Corey Ashe 
20 M Wil Trapp 
 8 M Mohammed Saeid 
 9 M Justin Meram      (85')
10 M Federico Higuaín 
11 M Cedrick           (67')

41 G Brad Stuver 
14 D Waylon Francis 
21 D Chad Barson 
19 D Rodrigo Saravia    (35')
16 M Héctor Jiménez     (85') 
13 M Ethan Finlay       (67')
27 F Conor Casey 

Manager  Gregg Berhalter 

Referee  Nima Saghafi 
Assistant Referee  Craig Lowry 
Assistant Referee  Anthony Vasoli 
Fourth Official  Hilario Grajeda 

Match Information
MLS at BMO Field
Toronto, ON
Attendance 26252
Weather Clear

Team Statistics

  8     Shots                15 
  2     Shots on Target       5 
  3     Shots off Target      7 
  3     Blocked Shots         3 
 13     Corners               6 
 28     Crosses              20 
  3     Offsides              2 
  9     Fouls                 7 
  2     Yellow Cards          1 
  0     Red Cards             0 
378     Total Passes        505 
 78 %   Passing Accuracy     83 % 
 43.9 % Possession           56.1 % 
 30     Duels Won            40 
 12     Tackles Won          16 
  4     Saves                 2 
 14     Clearances           19 

Toronto FC starters

Columbus Crew starters

TFC Sebastian Giovinco (10) and Jay Chapman (14) take opening kickoff.

Crew Wil Trapp (20) passes ball back to avoid TFC Sebastian Giovinco (10).

Crew Mohammed Saeid (8) waits for ball to drop.

TFC Michael Bradley (4) passes ball.

TFC Sebastian Giovinco (10) freekick is over player wall to Crew goalie Steve Clark (1).

Crew Ola Kamara (17) and Federico Higuain (10) take second half kickoff.

TFC Steven Beitashour (33) makes throw-in to Jonathan Osorio (21).

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