Toronto FC chase a second consecutive home victory when they play host to the Columbus Crew on Wednesday.
Jonathan Osorio scored the opening goal last Saturday in a 2-1 win against Atlanta United and Ralph Priso-Mbongue added the game-winner to start a four-game homestand.
After Wednesday’s game, Toronto FC (5-8-3, 18 points) play the Seattle Sounders on Saturday and Osorio, Canada’s national team midfielder, knows the club is facing an opportunity to turn around the season.
“It’s a good time to get going,” Osorio said. “We know how important the summer months are in this league, especially this stretch with the amount of home games that we have.”
Osorio returned from a lower-body injury to score his fourth goal in 12 games.
The Crew (4-5-6, 18 points) appear to be building confidence on the road after some recent misery.
Although they are just 1-2-5 in away matches, the Crew earned points in their last two road games, playing to a 0-0 tie at Real Salt Lake on Saturday and winning 2-1 at Atlanta United on May 28. They are now just 4-11-10 on the road over the past two seasons.
Despite not scoring a goal, it was an impressive outing for Columbus at Salt Lake, which is 6-0-2 at home. With the Crew facing a number of injuries, homegrown midfielder Sean Zawadzki started in his MLS debut and won praise from his coach.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 17/08/2019 shows us that Toronto FC have won 3 of these and Columbus Crew 2, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A combined sum of 17 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 10 for The Reds and 7 belonging to The Crew. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The previous league game featuring the two was MLS match day 3 on 12/03/2022 when it ended Columbus Crew 2-1 Toronto FC.
That time, Columbus Crew managed 48% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 7 on target. The goals were scored by Lucas Zelarayán (56′) and Derrick Etienne (65′).
For their opponents, Toronto FC got 9 shots at goal with 6 on target. Jesús Jiménez (14′) was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Ismail Elfath.
We’re thinking that Columbus Crew and Toronto FC may well both score,
but it looks like this could be a draw. Final 1-1