Posts Tagged ‘Trillium Cup’

Columbus Who?

April 22, 2011 3 comments

This place is disgusting!

Have you ever been to Columbus Ohio? I really, really hope not. Unless you are a student of Ohio State University or a fan of food from x-NFLer Eddie George’s restaurant, there is absolutely NO reason to be there AT ALL. Trust me, I speak from experience. No I’m not proud to admit but I have made the drive. In all fairness to myself though,  I was drunk on MLSE cool aid and I love my hometown team.

Upon our arrival the first time, all of us sensed something different. Something off. Kinda like the feeling one gets driving through Buffalo – only worse. It did not feel safe but at the same time we didn’t feel threatened. It was really bizarre. And then there was the odour; this stench. Anyway, the reason we were there along with a couple thousand TFC supporters was to support Toronto FC. Unfortunately Columbus is the closest team geographically in the MLS to Toronto (c’mon Saputo!) so there was an artificial rivalry created to spark interest. We lost the match but we were a new team and they won the double that year so it was to be expected – but disappointing nonetheless.

After the match we decided to grab a bite to eat at this Mexican restaurant and we were taken by surprise when we saw a sign that said that guns are prohibited. You know there is a problem when you see a “No GUNS allowed” sign on the door of a family restaurant! The whole experience just turned our stomachs but for some reason we decided to give the town a second chance the following year – the year of the police and media debacle. NEVER AGAIN!

Who gives a rats ass about the Trillium Cup anyway? It’s kind of like the Carlsberg cup with the main difference being that at least the Carlsberg Cup brings some cool teams to BMO field – Club Atlético Independiente from Argentina being one. Bragging rights? I don’t need or want bragging rights over a place like Columbus. They are beneath us and should not be mentioned in the same thought – much less the same sentence as Toronto.

No Guns Allowed?

However (oh how I HATE this part), the Columbus Crew has been consistently one of the better teams in the entire MLS since TFC has been in existence. They even won an MLS Cup in 2008 and the 2008 and 2009 Supporters’ Shields. The team is completely different this year but after a shaky start against DC Untied in week 1, they have gone undefeated and have not conceded a goal in that period (3 games). They will also be coming to BMO Field knowing full well that they have NEVER  lost to TFC. They are the Trillium Cup holders and every time I hear that I can’t help but to think that maybe they should plant some trilliums outside Crew stadium….you know, to pretty the place up a bit!

The Reds look to be in tough this weekend but when you take a look at the situation, it’s not that bad. The law of averages will dictate that the Crew will lose eventually and they are not a very strong team (they have BMO reject Julius James) so I’m thinking a loss will come sooner than later.  They may have not conceded a goal in 3, they have only scored 2 in 3 (both in the same game). Then you have to hope that things can only get better at BMO after that horrific show last weekend against D.C.

There will be a couple of absences/changes to the TFC line up. Ty Harden is out on suspension and Adrian Cann is carrying a rib injury. So that leaves Nana and Jamaican International Dicoy Williams at the back in the middle. Out wide I think we’ll see Yourassowski get the start on the left with new addition Richard Eckersley on the right. Danleigh Borman has played well (not including the DC game) but there are a lot of games coming up so I see him being rested. In the midfield I see De Guzman and for some reason I also see Peterson back in the fray. Not because I think he’s playing well but because he seems to be a favorite of Winter’s for some unknown reason.  Tchani to me has not looked very consistent so something in my gut is saying he’ll sit; to maybe come on as a sub. At right-wing it should be Martina on the right with Santos on the left. Stevanovic NEEDS to sit. He’s a frustrating player because you see his talent, but something doesn’t seem right on the top floor. He tends to hold on to the ball for about a 5 count too long. He sometimes looks like the kid in the school yard who won’t pass the ball to the other kids. And when he losses it, he goes down injured – only to get back up after a few minutes, limp for a bit then demand that he get the ball back. I think sitting this one out would do him good. I also believe that Santos is not an attacking midfielder and should be played as an advanced striker or out on the left-wing. Up front I see Alan Gordon in the game since he says he should be ready. Now the biggest concern on this team to me is who to play in the attacking mid role. I’d like to say Cordon but I don’t think he’s there quite yet. But he will be sooner rather than later. That only leaves Zavarise which is not bad, but not the best either.

I’m predicting a 1-0 TFC win from a goal in the second half by Santos.

Oh and going back to that stench, we figured out the source. It turns out it was coming from the “Columbus Crew Massive” which is ironic because although we could smell them, we certainly could not hear or see them!!
Go Reds!