MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday afternoon Trillium Cup match between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew. With Michael Bradley and Federico Higuain both missing the match, who will win the midfield? Can Toronto generate enough chances to defeat its rivals?
Following Saturday's 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire, Crew defender Eric Gehrig and forward Federico Higuaín were named to Sports Illustrated's Week 12 Best XI. In his first appearance of the season, the fourth-year defender Gehrig stepped into central defense to help the Black & Gold to their second shutout of 2014 in the victory. Coming off MLS Player of the Week honors, Higuaín continued a stand-out May with assists to Ethan Finlay and Jairo Arrieta to lift the Crew at home.
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For the second-straight week, Crew playmaker Federico Higuaín was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for his two-assist performance in the Black & Gold's 2-0 win against the Chicago Fire. The honor marked the fifth time this season in which MLSsoccer.com recognized the Argentine in its weekly Best XI.
For the first time in Columbus Crew history, the Black & Gold took to the pitch wearing a special military kit featuring custom Crew camouflage numbers this past weekend. These one of a kind match-worn jerseys were autographed by each individual player and auctioned off with proceeds benefitting USO of Central & Southern Ohio and Fisher House of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Bidding took place exclusively online through auctions.thecrew.com and the total amount raised was over $11,000.
Thank you to the fans that made donations and supported this great cause.
Columbus Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said today that he has decided to allow Kevan George to join the Trinidad & Tobago National Team for its two impending friendlies.
Berhalter, who initially decided to keep George with the Crew, confirmed that Michael Parkhurst's return led the club to change its mind.
The Soca Warriors are slated to face two sides that are headed to the FIFA World Cup early next month. George and his teammates will face Argentina in Buenos Aires on June 4 before playing Iran in Sao Paolo on June 8.
Berhalter also confirmed that the timing of the matches means that George will not rejoin the Crew until after the FIFA World Cup concludes.
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Aaron Schoenfeld scored his fourth goal in three matches, this time from the spot, but the Dayton Dutch Lions fell at home to Sacramento Republic FC by a 2-1 final.
Schoenfeld was joined in the Dutch Lions starting lineup by fellow Crew loanees Fifi Baiden, Matt Walker, Ben Sweat and goalkeeper Brad Stuver.
Dayton next plays on Sunday, June 1 when it will host the Rochester Rhinos at home.
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