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Game 8 – Crew @ Toronto FC

May 17, 2008

The Crew’s longest road trip of the season so far (2 games) continues this week at Toronto. The teams are playing better than when they met in the first game of the season. Both teams have added talent. Toronto has added Amado Guevara, Rohan Ricketts, and Laurent Robert to greatly improve their team. The Crew has added the injured Gino Padula and Emmanuel Ekpo. Even though the Crew won 2-0 at home, I am thinking this game will be a much closer contest.

Crew on Offense:

No matter who is playing the team still scores goals. Brad Evans comes in for an injured Stefani Miglioranzi and scores a goal. This is a team that has bought into the offensive scheme of Coach Schmid. The key as always is the play of creator Guillermo Barros Schelotto. He has been instrumental in controlling the offense, however it has not been a one man show. Robbie Rogers, Alejandro Moreno, and Brad Evans have also gotten on the score sheet. It will be imperative that this trend continues. This team will score goals if it plays the team game it has played all year.

Crew on Defense:

The Crew defense will be tested more than the first game. Amado Guevara is a dynamic player and he will create opportunities. Rickets is quick on the wing and can create problems against a slow player like Ezra Hendrickson. Robert is very good on set pieces. The Crew will have to work much better to defend set pieces as they gave up two goals last week at San Jose off of corner kicks and Toronto’s offense has been sharper on on set pieces.

Final Thoughts:

I think this will be an even game as Toronto has a decided home field advantage. The Crew offense has not been shut out in 6 games and I expect to see that streak continue as Toronto’s defense has holes. I think that Toronto will be able to find seems in the Crew defense. The Crew could definitely pick up three points, I can see them losing, but I keep seeing a tie.

Crew 2 – TFC 2

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