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Match Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

The Challengers: Columbus Crew (8-7-6) vs. Toronto FC (8-7-3) 

When: July 25, 7:30 PM ET TV: Sportsnet 360 Radio: Sportsnet Fan 590

Weather: Partly Cloudy and 27 degrees.

Toronto FC's Projected Starting XI 

Three Keys: Containing Kamara

Kei Kamara may not be the most inspirational player on the ball, but he gets the job done. The Sierra Leonean footballer leads MLS with 14 goals and was an easy selection for All-Star Game head coach Pablo Mastroeni. Kamara’s tallies usually come within the opponent’s box. “He’s such a big guy that’s dominant in the air,” said TFC defender Justin Morrow. “We need to make sure we don’t lose him in space.” In the early portion of the season losing opposing attackers in space was a big problem for the Reds, especially at the far post. That’s how Columbus scored both goals in their win in March.

COYR Podcast: A Big Match In Columbus

On this episode of #COYR, Devang and Gareth chat about Jermain Defoe, Sebastian Giovinco and preview Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew.

Injury Notes

Ashtone Morgan - Adductor Strain (Questionable)

Sebastian Giovinco - Heel Bruise (Probable)

Nick Hagglund - Appendectomy (Out)

Luke Moore - Ankle Sprain (Out)

Mark Bloom - Quadriceps Strain (Out)

Clement Simonin - Knee Sprain (Out)

Mark Bloom Out For The Season

Toronto FC‎ announced Friday that defender Mark Bloom underwent surgery today to repair the quadriceps tendon in his right leg. As a result, he will miss the remainder of the 2015 season. Bloom is expected to be fully recovered and ready for the start of preseason in January.

Reds Sign Ahmed Kantari

Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has signed Moroccan international defender Ahmed Kantari. As per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Match Notes

  • Kei Kamara scored for a second consecutive match as Crew SC defeated the Chicago Fire for the second time in five days in their 3-1 win Sunday at MAPFRE Stadium. Kamara leads the MLS Golden Boot standings with 14 goals this season.
  • Sebastian Giovinco continued his remarkable recent form, as Toronto FC ended a three-game winless streak with a 2-1 win against Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on Saturday. Giovinco scored a goal – his 12th in the season, second in MLS – and added his ninth assist of the season; he has four goals and two assists over the last two games, and has 12 goals and eight assists on TFC’s last 24 goals, dating back to April 4.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Justin Meram and Kei Kamara scored four minutes apart to lead Crew SC to a 2-0 win March 14 at MAPFRE Stadium.
  • The win in the first meeting was Crew SC’s first at home in the series since 2013. TFC have won just three matches all-time in Columbus – two of those coming a season ago. Toronto FC have won their last two home meetings with the Crew, their first ever in the series, after three losses and five draws over the first six-plus seasons.