Sports Illustrated's Alexander Abnos' weekly rundown each club's on-field stock — aka the Power Rankings — has Crew SC sitting inside the top-10 against, despite a Week 6 loss to the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Ill.
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Columbus had its three-game winning streak snapped against Chicago, falling 1-0 on Saturday. Without Federico Higuain and Harrison Afful, perhaps it was asking a lot of Columbus to come away with points on the road, and the club will hope to be at full strength and full throttle when facing TFC in an Eastern Conference showdown next.
The Black & Gold return home for the first leg of the Trillium Cup against Toronto FC on April 15 for an 8 p.m. kickoff at MAPFRE Stadium. The match is the first Trillium Cup meeting of the year in the regular-season series that determines the victor of the trophy. The two teams will play on May 10 at MAPFRE Stadium before a May 26 clash at BMO Field. The Black & Gold have won the Trillium Cup six out of the nine years it has been contested. The two clubs began battling for the trophy during the 2008 campaign and the Black & Gold were victorious in the regular-season series for the first three years of Trillium Cup action.