Crew-Toronto FC Preview
Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer has recorded four
consecutive shutouts, which doesn’t bode well for a Toronto FC team
that hasn’t won a match in the series.
Hesmer looks to extend his club-record streak and help keep
visiting Columbus unbeaten against Toronto on Saturday.
Hesmer made two saves for Columbus (2-1-2) in its 1-0 win
against Kansas City last Saturday, bringing his shutout streak to
“It’s a team accomplishment,” Hesmer told the league’s official
website. “Sometimes the goalkeeper’s name goes behind the shutout
column, but really – from top to back – we’re doing an amazing job
“We’re organized. We’re communicating, and for a goalkeeper this
is a dream to sit in behind a group of guys like this.”
Robbie Rogers scored his second goal, equaling his total from
“It’s great to see Robbie getting goals,” Hesmer said. “He’s the
type of guy who once he goes for one or two, he could explode for
Hesmer scored the second goal by a goalkeeper in MLS history in
the last meeting against Toronto on Oct. 16, tying the game 2-all
in the last minute to keep the Crew unbeaten in the series.
They are 5-0-6 against Toronto and can maintain possession of
the Trillium Cup, which the teams play for each meeting.
While the shutout streak has helped Columbus earn points, it has
scored only four goals this season – tied for last in the Eastern
Conference. The Crew have played to two scoreless draws, and half
their goal total came in a 2-0 win against FC Dallas on April
Toronto (1-2-3) hasn’t scored in two straight games, falling 3-0
last Saturday against D.C., and multiple starters are questionable
for this matchup due to injuries.
Forward Alan Gordon, tied for the team lead with two goals,
missed his second straight match with adductor tightness, and Alen
Stevanovic suffered the same injury against United. Defender Adrian
Cann played only 12 minutes before leaving with a pectoral
Cann’s defensive partner, Ty Harden, is suspended.
Despite a four-match winless streak (0-1-3), coach Aron Winter
said he’s seen improvement.
“We are rebuilding,” Winter said. “The way that we were training
each game we were getting better, but (last Saturday) nothing was
going the way that we want.”
Toronto has allowed four goals in the first 15 minutes of the
game and nine in the first half, both most in the league.
“Every game that you play in MLS I think the most important
moment is the first 15 to 20 minutes … and we have to use the
home advantage, especially with the fans behind us, and it’s
something we didn’t do (against D.C.),” midfielder Julian De Guzman
These team have played to a draw in each of the last four
meetings in Toronto.