Columbus Crew SC is back at home to host Eastern Conference rival Toronto FC for the Second Leg of the Trillium Cup. Leading up to Wednesday's 7 p.m. kickoff, here are three things to know about the Reds.
On the road
Toronto has struggled playing on the road. The Reds lost three of their last four away matches — most recently on June 25 at Orlando City, returning empty-handed via a 3-2 scoreline. Toronto now comes to Columbus with hopes of snapping its losing streak on the road.
Toronto’s leading scorer and recently named 2016 MLS All-Star, Sebastian Giovinco, is an offensive powerhouse. Giovinco is currently ranked fifth in the league with eight goals on the season. In addition, he ranks second in the league for total shots with 107, as well as for shots on-goal with 34 so far in 2016. There is no doubt the Italian will be eager for more goal-scoring opportunities on Wednesday against the Black & Gold.
Wednesday’s match marks the second of three meetings in the annual Trillium Cup between the Black & Gold and Toronto FC. The two clubs last met on May 21 at BMO Field in a back-and-forth First Leg of the Cup that resulted in both teams walking away with a point in a scoreless draw. Last season, Crew SC took the Cup for the sixth time in the eight years of the Cup's history. Toronto comes to Columbus on Wednesday with a 3-8-3 record playing at MAPFRE Stadium. There's no doubt that Toronto hopes to pull ahead of Crew SC heading into the final leg on July 31.