Trillium Cup

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Trillium Cup
Trillium Cup logo.jpg
Teams involved Columbus Crew
First contested 2008
Most recent meeting Aug 9, 2014
(Toronto 3–2 Columbus)
All-time series 5–2 (Columbus)

The Trillium Cup is an annual, two-team rivalry between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC (TFC) of Major League Soccer (MLS). The Trillium Cup is named after the trillium, which is both the official flower of the Canadian province of Ontario, and the official wildflower of the U.S. state of Ohio. The rivalries draw on the team's similarities: two teams are geographically near the Great Lakes that border the United States and Canada and both teams also play in a soccer-specific stadium. The cup is awarded to the team that wins the most points from the series at the season's end. In the event of a draw on points, the first tiebreak is determined by the away goals rule, then by the team with the largest overall goal differential at the conclusion of the match.

The Trillium Cup was instituted in 2008, the second season of Toronto FC's play in MLS. The inaugural game of the Trillium Cup was played on March 29, 2008 at Columbus Crew Stadium.[citation needed]

The initial rivalry between the Trillium teams was supported by the mayors of the respective cities. In 2008, Mayor Michael B. Coleman of Columbus and Mayor David Miller of Toronto started a small wager on their respective team for the first installment of the Trillium Cup – the mayor of the losing team was required to wear the winning team's jersey.[1]

The rivalry became more intense when TFC fans bought 2,500 tickets to the inaugural game at Columbus Crew Stadium, with buses organized for fans from Toronto heading to Columbus for the first game on March 29, 2008.[2] The Crew won 2–0 over their new rival. The second and third meetings, at Toronto's BMO Field, were ties; 0–0 and 1–1, respectively. The Crew claimed the inaugural Trillium Cup with a 5:2 score on points earned.

In 2011, Toronto FC defeated Columbus 4–2, recording their first ever win against the Crew and securing their first Trillium Cup.[3]

Winners by year[edit]

Year Winner Agg. Score
2008 Columbus Crew 3:1
2009 Columbus Crew 5:4
2010 Columbus Crew 4:2
2011 Toronto FC 5:3
2012 Columbus Crew 5:2
2013 Columbus Crew 4:2
2014 Toronto FC 8:4
A Trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario and the state wildflower of Ohio

Series Results[edit]

Columbus victories are shaded ██ yellow. Toronto FC victories are shaded ██ red. Draws are white.

Trillium Cup by year Individual results
Year Winner Agg. Score Venue Date Score References
Columbus Toronto
2008 Columbus Crew 3-1 Columbus Crew Stadium March 29, 2008 2 0 [citation needed]
BMO Field May 17, 2008 0 0 [citation needed]
BMO Field September 13, 2008 1 1 [citation needed]
2009 Columbus Crew 5–4 Columbus Crew Stadium March 28, 2009 1 1 [citation needed]
BMO Field May 2, 2009 1 1 [citation needed]
Columbus Crew Stadium July 25, 2009 3 2 [citation needed]
2010 Columbus Crew 4–2 Columbus Crew Stadium March 27, 2010 2 0 [citation needed]
BMO Field October 16, 2010 2 2 [citation needed]
2011 Toronto FC 5-3 BMO Field April 23, 2011 1 1 [4]
Columbus Crew Stadium September 10, 2011 2 4 [5]
2012 Columbus Crew 5-2 BMO Field March 31, 2012 1 0 [citation needed]
Columbus Crew Stadium August 22, 2012 2 1 [citation needed]
Columbus Crew Stadium October 28, 2012 2 1 [citation needed]
2013 Columbus Crew 4-2 BMO Field May 18, 2013 1 0 [citation needed]
BMO Field July 27, 2013 1 2 [citation needed]
Columbus Crew Stadium August 17, 2013 2 0 [citation needed]
2014 Toronto FC 8-4 Columbus Crew Stadium April 5, 2014 0 2 [6]
BMO Field May 31, 2014 2 3 [7]
Columbus Crew Stadium August 9, 2014 2 3 [8]

+ Points based on Wins (3), Ties (1) & Losses (0)
– Tiebreakers: 1) Away Goals For, 2) Goal Differential, 3) Previous Year Winners

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC fans paint Columbus red". The OSA News Bulletin. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Morgan. "FC fans paint Columbus red". The Star. TheStar.com. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Merz, Craig. "Reds run rampant in goalfest win over Crew". Major League Soccer. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ John F. Molinaro, "TFC's winless streak vs. Columbus continues", CBC Sports, April 23, 2011
  5. ^ Matt Ellis, "Crew Loses Trillium Cup to Toronto FC", Columbus Underground, September 12, 2011
  6. ^ The Associated Press, "Michael Bradley scores first goal for Toronto FC in 2-0 road victory", The Star, April 5, 2014
  7. ^ Mark Zwolinski, "Toronto FC beats Columbus to capture Trillium Cup", The Star, May 31, 2014
  8. ^ Associated Press, ", Sportsnet, August 9, 2014