Live blog: Columbus vs. Toronto: Let TFC’s (latest) rebirth continue … or not

fusion_sg-live-blog_1-2

Major League Soccer | Toronto | Jozy | Michael

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:38 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:27 pm

Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:26 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:24 pm

I mean what do you all really know about America’s next great left back Jozy Altidore?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:24 pm

Look at Jozy dropping back and generally being supportive.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:18 pm

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:17 pm

Gregg’s still out there yelling. It’s his job.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:15 pm

Creavalle is not being loved right now on social media. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:08 pm

But … but … they aren’t. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:07 pm

The wealthy are being held back. We need justice. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:05 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:00 pm

That shot is still rising, by the way.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20159:00 pm

This is a Bradley shot. Do you see its trajectory? This is the kind of day Michael Bradley is having. Pray for him.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:59 pm

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. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:55 pm

When MLS doesn’t want you to see intimate conversations.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:54 pm

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?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:46 pm

Second half is on …

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:41 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:38 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:35 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:33 pm

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.

#FreeMorrow

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:31 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:25 pm

What do you think about that foul, coach?

Oh, yeah?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:24 pm

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.

Happy now?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:19 pm

HERE

COMES

MICHAEL

BRADLEY

THERE GOES KEI KAMARA.

Referee blows the whistle because Michael Bradley must be contained.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:15 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:12 pm

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

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:10 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:05 pm

True words about Michael Bradley’s inevitable own goal.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:03 pm

Get Jozy some new socks. All that money for Yung Jozadore and the man can’t get socks that stay up?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:01 pm

No, Ryan. I will not.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20158:00 pm

This is my official position:

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:59 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:56 pm

“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?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:53 pm

We have Gregg Berhalter standing around looking like a slightly confused Coldplay frontman. All is right in the world.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:51 pm

Here’s your Jozy Altidore update: Jozy’s keeping his socks right. It’s a strong tactical approach.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:49 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:47 pm

The important thing, however, is that Giovinco will pass the ball to Robert. That’s a start.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:45 pm

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. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:42 pm

This is an aggressive but not completely inaccurate point. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:42 pm

We. Are. Off. Here’s some evidence:

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:40 pm

Let’s get this bourgeois soccer started. 

And no, there’s nothing wrong with a little bougieness.  

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:38 pm

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.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:30 pm

Looks like Toronto has gone with the Mix Diskerud Twitter takeover.

I don’t know how many times we have to warn you.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:26 pm

But you were pretty the way you were, Trillium.

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:22 pm

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?

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:20 pm

And representing America we have the Columbus Crew. BEHOLD! And respect the graphic. 

Effort appreciated social media person. 

Miriti Murungi March 14, 20157:18 pm

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. 

Richard Farley March 14, 20152:58 pm

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.