Crew 2, Toronto FC 2

Well, the Crew looks better offensively with Schelotto (boy, does he ever live up to the South American stereotype of going down easy and complaining to the ref, though!) and Moreno in the lineup. They’ve shown they can actually score some goals, which is an improvement over last season, but they can’t score goals to put a game away to save their lives. Good start to the game last night, weak second half, another draw at home when they could have had three points.

Good crowd last night, good atmosphere, helped along by the busload of Toronto fans who filled most of a section and sang throughout the whole game.

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American flags were given away at the entrance, I suppose to create a nationalist atmosphere. No one really got into the flag-waving, though.

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The Canadian flag flying at CCS for the first time. Check out the dude talking on the phone, drinking beer, sitting down, and wearing his hat during the national anthem.

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Andy Herron scored less than two minutes into the game, and was subsequently booked for taking off his shirt in celebration. What is this, the NFL?

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Herron scored again in the first half, but immediately after his second goal, he left with an injury, so no chance of the hat trick. I’ve never been at an MLS game where someone scored a hat trick. Is it customary to throw your hat on the field as in hockey? Because if so, I’m not going to wear my free, yet difficult to replace Newcastle United ballcap again, just in case.

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Toronto ended up scoring on this free kick.

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Ezra Hendrickson runs out of bounds in the second half

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Frankie Hejduk sends a ball safely away from the Crew goal.

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Second half action, with the smoke from the flares lit by the Toronto fans visible off on the southeast side of the stadium. At least one Toronto fan was rousted by the CPD for the flares.

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Marcos Gonzalez clears the ball.

ETA: I see from the sudden spike in hits that I’ve been linked by a Toronto FC messageboard. Hello there.

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2 responses to “Crew 2, Toronto FC 2

  1. The Douche Bag

    Hehe. There were no flares. Those were smoke bombs for kids which we bought near the border with Canada. We got like 2 dozens of them, unfortunatelly we were able to lit only some of them. Oh well..next time 🙂

  2. Hmm, interesting. Sounds like some selective policing by Columbus’ finest, then, because the Crew fans in the North End set off smokebombs every game, and I haven’t seen the cops go in after them the way it looked like they went into the Toronto section (I was at the far end and I’m very near-sighted, so it’s also possible I saw wrong, but it did look like a group of stewards and cops went in and hustled a Toronto fan off after the smoke went up)

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