In its first tune-up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Costa Rica fell to Japan, 3-1, Monday night in Tampa, Fla. as Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa found the winner for Japan in the 80th minute. The Crew's Giancarlo Gonzalez played all 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in the defeat, while leftback Waylon Francis did not see action for Costa Rica.
Los Ticos continue their preparation for Brazil on Friday in a friendly against Ireland at PPL Park in Chester, Penn. TheCrew.com will be on the ground with full coverage of the match.
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Matt Wiet debuted for the Dutch Lions in his game-by-game loan but Dayton fell to the Rochester Rhinos by a 1-0 final on Sunday. Aquilio Houapeu's 46th-minute tally was the difference.
Also starting alongside Wiet were fellow Crew loanees Aaron Schoenfeld, Matt Walker and Ben Sweat. Ross Friedman, fresh off of his graduation from Harvard University, came on in the second half as a substitute.
Dayton next plays on Saturday, June 7 when it travels to face Orange County Blues FC.
Jairo Arrieta scored his third goal of the season last weekend against Chicago and now ranks second on the club this year in goals. In 11 appearances -- including 8 starts -- Arrieta has already matched his 2013 goal-scoring total and now chases his record of nine goals in 18 appearances after arriving during the 2012 campaign.
With his two-assist performance on Saturday against Chicago, Federico Higuain now has five assists on the year on top of his six-goal clip thus far. Higuain now has 22 goals and 21 assists in 54 games played for the Crew. He becomes the sixth Crew player in club history to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a Black & Gold career, join- ing Brian McBride, Jeff Cunningham, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Brian Maisonneuve and Eddie Gaven.
Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani each were issued a yellow card in the 1-0 loss to Vancouver on May 10, but have not seen yellow in the two matches since. The pair of midfielders each have four cautions and can avoid a yellow-card suspension if they go a third consecutive match without being booked. Per MLS Competition Rules and Regulations, “When one yellow card away from being suspended for caution accumulation, if a player appears in three consecutive games without receiving a yellow card or disciplinary sanction, the player will have one yellow card expunged. A player may take advantage of the ‘Good Behavior’ incentive only once throughout the season.”
ANOTHER LEG OF TRILLIUM CUP PRESENTED BY SCOTTS ...
The Crew and Toronto FC battle on Saturday for the second of three meetings in 2014 to decide the Trillium Cup, presented by Scotts ... Toronto secured a 2-0 victory at Crew Stadium in April in the first match of the regular-season series ... Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and the state wildflower of Ohio and Scotts joined as the presenting sponsor of the award ahead of the 2013 series ... the trophy was first awarded in 2008.
... AND THE CUP IS ON THE LINE
Following Toronto FC’s 2-0 victory over the Crew on April 5, the Crew heads to Toronto in need of a result to keep its Trillium Cup chances alive in 2014 ... a victory for Toronto would capture the trophy even with an August 9 meeting still on the schedule ... the Crew has secured the Trillium Cup five times ... 2008 marked the first year
the award was up for grabs and the Crew held the trophy from 2008-2010 before a Toronto regular-season series victory gave the Reds the Cup for 2011 - Toronto’s only Trillium Cup victory ... the Crew regained the award in 2012 with three victoies over Toronto and retained it in 2013 with a 2-1-0 record against the Reds.
FIRST TRIP NORTH OF THE BORDER IN 2014, 15th OVERALL FOR CLUB
Saturday’s trip to Toronto is the Crew’s first of two trips to Canada in 2014 and 15th overall regular-season match north of the border ... although the Black & Gold fell to Toronto on July 27, 2013, the Crew has secured points in 11 of the 14 previous meetings up North and is 5-3-6 in those Canadian-hosted matches ... Columbus is 3-1-5 in nine matches at Toronto FC, has a 1-1-0 record at Vancouver and is 1-1-1 in Montreal ... additional Ohio ties to Canada include Assistant Coach Pat Onstad ... Onstad’s extensive Canadian ties are available on his bio at TheCrew.com.
BACK AT TFC & LOOKING TO RETURN TO BMO FIELD WINNING WAYS
The Crew suffered its first loss in Toronto on its last trip to BMO Field and looks to rebound in 2014 ... the Black & Gold are 3-1-5 in their first nine visits to BMO Field in Toronto dating back to 2007.
PIPA LOVES THE REDS BUT IS OUT SATURDAY
Toronto FC gets a break from Federico Higuain this weekend while the Argentine serves a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation ... Higuain has been lethal against Toronto and has recorded five goals and two assists in just six meetings with Toronto FC ... he recorded a two-goal performance on August 18, 2013, assisted Dominic Oduro on the game-winning goal on May 18, 2013 and the Crew playmaker recorded a brace in the final meeting between the two teams in 2012 on October 28 ... Pipa has been quite efficient against the Reds, as he’s scored all five goals on just seven shots on goal in 525 minutes.
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.