Saturday’s victory over New York was Head Coach Robert Warzycha’s 69th career regular-season win as Crew boss. Warzycha’s next victory will be his 70th regular-season win, an important coaching milestone in MLS. Only 13 other coaches since 1996 have recorded 70 regular-season wins in their coaching career, and only four active coaches in the League have 70 or more wins (Sigi Schmid, 182; Bruce Arena, 154; Dominic Kinnear, 123; and Jason Kreis, 86). A 70th win for Warzycha would also tie the coach with Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) for most wins as a Head Coach of the Black & Gold as Fiztgerald won 70 games in 144 contests as the man on the sideline.
The Crew and Toronto FC meet for the second time in four weeks. The Crew could secure the Trillium Cup, presented by Scotts, for the fifth time. 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 last season with three victoies over Toronto. 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.
Of the seven victories this season, the Crew has shut-out its opponent in six of those matches. Saturday’s 2-0 victory over New York marked Matt Lampson’s second clean sheet this year and second in front of the Crew Stadium faithful. The Crew has yet to end a match in a 0-0 draw this year, so when the Black & Gold keep their opponents off the board, the numbers suggest that there will be some offense to complement the stingy backline effort to give the club a win.