Columbus Crew SC is back at MAPFRE Stadium to host Toronto FC for the Second Leg of the Trillium Cup in its 18th regular-season and ninth home match of 2016. Here is everything you need to know leading up to kickoff at 7 p.m.
LAST THREE REGULAR-SEASON MEETINGS
07/25/2015 CLB 3 vs. TFC 3 D: MAPFRE Stadium
10/17/2015 CLB 2 at TFC 0 W: BMO Field
05/21/2016 CLB 0 at TFC 0 D: BMO Field
TRILLIUM CUP RIVALRY SERIES CONTINUES
Crew SC and Toronto FC continue the 2016 Trillium Cup rivalry series with this contest. The series is currently level at one point apiece after the clubs’ 0-0 draw at BMO Field earlier this season on May 21. The Black & Gold have captured the Cup six times over the eight years it has been contested, including last season. Crew SC holds an all-time record of 12-5-9 against Toronto FC since the Reds' entry into MLS ahead of the 2007 campaign. Following this contest, the regular-season series will conclude for the 2016 season when Columbus returns to BMO Field on Sunday, July 31.
KAMARA LEAGUE'S LEADING GOAL-SCORER SINCE HIS FIRST TALLY
Black & Gold forward Ola Kamara scored his eighth goal last Saturday against New England. His first Major League Soccer regular-season goal came as part of a hat trick on May 28, 2016 against Real Salt Lake. Since that date, Kamara has registered eight goals, a total that leads Major League Soccer. The Norwegian is currently two ahead of Philadelphia's Roland Alberg in that regard.
KAMARA REMAINS MOST EFFICIENT GOAL-SCORER IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER 2016, BLACK & GOLD HISTORY
Crew SC forward Ola Kamara has scored eight goals in 699 minutes played for the club, giving him a goals/90 minutes rate of 1.03. That figure leads MLS this year among all 370 players with at least 200 minutes played. Among the 192 players in Crew SC history with at least 200 minutes played, Kamara also leads Stern John (0.89 goals/90 minutes) for the highest efficiency in club history.
CLARK NEARING 300 SAVES; PARKHURST NEARING 200 APPEARANCES
Against New England, Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark registered one save, bringing his career total to 288. That places him just 12 shy of becoming the third goalkeeper in Columbus history to reach the 300 plateau (Hesmer, 412 and Busch, 367). Additionally, Captain and defender Michael Parkhurst made his 198th MLS regular-season appearance in the match. Parkhurst is two away from becoming the 117th person in MLS history to reach the 200 appearances milestone.
CREW SC TOP TWO IN MLS IN PASSING ACCURACY, SUCCESSFUL PASSES PER GAME
According to the League’s official statistician, Opta, Columbus Crew SC ranks second in MLS in both overall passing accuracy as well as successful passes per match. Columbus is one of just two MLS teams passing above an 80% accuracy rate as well as one of two clubs completing over 385 passes per game (joining Seattle in both regards).
SAEID CONTINUES TO BE MLS' MOST ACCURATE PASSER
Among players with at least 100 passes attempted, Crew SC midfielder Mohammed Saeid continues to lead all of MLS in passing accuracy (91.4%). Meanwhile, Homegrown Player Wil Trapp ranks second in the League in successful passes, with 1027.
WAHL SLATED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION
Defender Tyson Wahl served a one-match red-card suspension against New England last Saturday and is slated to be available for selection for this contest against Toronto FC.
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN
Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. ET start is available via regional television on The CW Columbus, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and BCSN2. Neil Sika (play-by-play), Dwight Burgess (analyst) and Clay Hall (sideline) are set to have the call of the match on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the exclusive pre-match show, starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with Marisa Contipelli and Chris Doran, and “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately follows the action only on TWCSC and BCSN2. The CW Columbus' broadcast begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Locally, the contest is available via the radio in English on CD102.5 FM and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1 FM. The English radio broadcast also is set to stream live on ColumbusCrewSC.com. A complete list of places to catch the Black & Gold on TV is available here.