FT: Columbus Crew 2 – 0 Toronto FC || There was no justice for the Canadians today, who had to make the trip to an entirely different country, just to get robbed and then mugged. But credit to Columbus for doing what they needed, regardless, on a might tighter budget. ISN’T THAT WHAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALL ABOUT?
GOOD NIGHT, PEOPLE.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch …
I don’t know how there are still 10 minutes left in this. There’s nothing worse (this is actually an egregious lie) that watching a 10-man team, down by more than one goal, play against a full strength side for 45+ minutes. It’s all types of sad.
I mean what do you all really know about America’s next great left back Jozy Altidore?
Look at Jozy dropping back and generally being supportive.
Gregg’s still out there yelling. It’s his job.
Creavalle is not being loved right now on social media.
But … but … they aren’t.
The wealthy are being held back. We need justice.
Columbus Crew (unjust enrichment) 2 – 0 10-man Toronto FC || This time it’s a cross from the right and no one marking Kei Kamara in the box, which is really a silly way to defend.
Going to check in with Gregg to see how he’s feeling in a bit.
That shot is still rising, by the way.
This is a Bradley shot. Do you see its trajectory? This is the kind of day Michael Bradley is having. Pray for him.
Columbus Crew 1 – 0 Toronto || Meram gets on the end of a Finlay cross and pounds a header past Bendik.
Any comment, Gregg? No? I see.
When MLS doesn’t want you to see intimate conversations.
They aren’t the same player. I’ll say that first. But two early sequences this half show the limits of Jozadore.
Jozadore is not Giovinco. That sentence is obvious. Sure. Jozadore is a bull in a china shop. He tried to win the ball back from Higuain and could prevent himself from bowling him over. It happens when you bull in china shop.
A minute or so later, Giovinco receives the ball in midfield, facing his goal with a man on him, and a touch later he’s out the other side, starting a counter. If there’s any gift I could give Jozy, it would involve sprinkling some Giovinco nimbleness on his cereal every morning.
But soccer doesn’t work like that so what in the hell am I talking about?
Second half is on …
These people need to be hunting down that ramen and killing it during halftime. Don’t run from who you are. Also, don’t let good ramen go to waste. Even if it’s bourgeois ramen. Go get it and put down the box of pizza and Bud Light immediately.
HT: Columbus Crew 0 – 0 Toronto FC || Gregg’s face says it all, right?
I can’t believe it, either, Gregg. You won’t say the ref got it wrong, but your face is saying it all.
Higuain’s subsequent free kick looks like it’s going in, so I give you the option of choosing your own ending. It’s still 0-0, though.
Looked like Michael Bradley was going in to foul the referee. Last man back and all, clear goal scoring opportunity. Once the referee blew the whistle, he kind of had no choice. But upon lots of replays, it wasn’t a foul. It was the dopest of tackles.
Uh oh. We have controversy, or as they say in England, controversy. Justin Morrow gets sent off for a last-ditch tackle on Ethan Finlay.
Referee David Gantar kind of screws this up, even though it looks kind of sloppy.
What do you think about that foul, coach?
Hey Ryan Rosenblatt, I’m recognizing Wil Trapp. He just stomped all over Giovinco right on top of the Toronto 18-yard box. Well done.
THERE GOES KEI KAMARA.
Referee blows the whistle because Michael Bradley must be contained.
Who’s got a heat map or something with a lot of dots and arrows? The alternative is going to be pictures of Berhalter standing around. Fine, the latter wins.
You wouldn’t know from the sweat glistening down his balding/shaven head, but Higuain has been relatively quiet today. But as they say, all it takes is a mingagadsgdahd’wrtw’rtkuwrtqrt’phjoqrmthp’k’zzzzzzzzjfspq’jfgq’eprjqtertqertqertqertqe
Your man Warren Creavalle with a great opportunity for Toronto. Giovinco escapes down the right this time. His cutback is whiffed up supremely Creavalle. But the very French Benoit Cheyrou is waiting and gets a shot off, but Steve Clark keeps us scoreless. Shame.
True words about Michael Bradley’s inevitable own goal.
Get Jozy some new socks. All that money for Yung Jozadore and the man can’t get socks that stay up?
No, Ryan. I will not.
This is my official position:
Michael Bradley’s laying some pretty casual passes to the Crew and giving up possession in some suspect places on the field. I’m not quite going to reach into my match fixing bag yet, but you should know what he’s (not) doing out there.
“BUILT NOT BOUGHT.” Are we really in a position to start doing this? Toronto fans should make a sign that says, “WE’RE ALL BOUGHT, DAMMIT.” Because it’s true. And it’s OK.
Where’s the allocation order at now, by the way?
We have Gregg Berhalter standing around looking like a slightly confused Coldplay frontman. All is right in the world.
Here’s your Jozy Altidore update: Jozy’s keeping his socks right. It’s a strong tactical approach.
Oh boy. Kei Kamara actually receives the ball and turns in the box. Bendik is there to save the city of Columbus. All is well and the world is still scoreless.
The important thing, however, is that Giovinco will pass the ball to Robert. That’s a start.
Giovinco streaking down the left with some space and time. He lays the ball back to Rob Findley, or at least that was his intention. That, or he wanted to pass the ball straight to the Crew. In fairness, possession is overrated.
This is an aggressive but not completely inaccurate point.
We. Are. Off. Here’s some evidence:
Let’s get this bourgeois soccer started.
And no, there’s nothing wrong with a little bougieness.
You might think I’m excited to watch Jozy and Mike and Sebas, but in reality, I’m kind of here for Federico Higuain. Let it be known.
Looks like Toronto has gone with the Mix Diskerud Twitter takeover.
I don’t know how many times we have to warn you.
But you were pretty the way you were, Trillium.
Look at all that sponsorship on the Crew’s graphic! Respect to Mega 103.1, Mapfre, 102-something, and does that say Time Warner Sports Channel?
And representing America we have the Columbus Crew. BEHOLD! And respect the graphic.
Effort appreciated social media person.
Here we go, live-blog. Here are the last names of people who will be kicking the ball around for the Canadian team. This could come in handy.
Also, thanks Bacardi.
Federico Higuaín versus Michael Bradley. If casual soccer fans cared about the former, today’s game in Columbus would be billed as a great one-on-one match ups – one of the league’s best creators against its best all-around midfield presence.
As is, it’s probably better billed as our first of two MLS live blogs of the night. Coming off an opening weekend win in Vancouver, Toronto showed flashes of the potential another free spending offseason may have bought. Columbus, on the other hand, stumbled out of the games, dampening the litany of “watch out for” tsks that team earned in preseason.
Game starts at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Fire up MLS Live, and get us going on your phones. Miriti Murungi will be with you then.