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|Teams||Columbus Crew SC
|Latest meeting||July 13, 2016
(Columbus 1–1 Toronto)
|Next meeting||July 31, 2016
(Toronto – Columbus)
|All-time series||6–2 (Columbus)|
The Trillium Cup is an annual, two-team rivalry between Columbus Crew SC 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 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.
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. 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.
Winners by year
|2015||Columbus Crew SC||7:3|
Columbus victories are shaded ██ yellow. Toronto FC victories are shaded ██ red. Draws are white.
|Trillium Cup by year||Individual results|
|2008||Columbus Crew||3–1||Columbus Crew Stadium||March 29, 2008||2||0|||
|BMO Field||May 17, 2008||0||0|||
|BMO Field||September 13, 2008||1||1|||
|2009||Columbus Crew||5–4||Columbus Crew Stadium||March 28, 2009||1||1|||
|BMO Field||May 2, 2009||1||1|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||July 25, 2009||3||2|||
|2010||Columbus Crew||4–2||Columbus Crew Stadium||March 27, 2010||2||0|||
|BMO Field||October 16, 2010||2||2|||
|2011||Toronto FC||5–3||BMO Field||April 23, 2011||1||1|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||September 10, 2011||2||4|||
|2012||Columbus Crew||5–2||BMO Field||March 31, 2012||1||0|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||August 22, 2012||2||1|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||October 28, 2012||2||1|||
|2013||Columbus Crew||4–2||BMO Field||May 18, 2013||1||0|||
|BMO Field||July 27, 2013||1||2|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||August 17, 2013||2||0|||
|2014||Toronto FC||8–4||Columbus Crew Stadium||April 5, 2014||0||2|||
|BMO Field||May 31, 2014||2||3|||
|Columbus Crew Stadium||August 9, 2014||2||3|||
|2015||Columbus Crew SC||7–3||MAPFRE Stadium||March 14, 2015||2||0|||
|MAPFRE Stadium||July 25, 2015||3||3|||
|BMO Field||October 17, 2015||2||0|||
|2016||1–1||BMO Field||May 21, 2016||0||0|||
|MAPFRE Stadium||July 13, 2016||1||1|
|BMO Field||July 31, 2016|
+ Points based on wins (3), draws (1) and losses (0)
– Tiebreakers: 1) away goals for, 2) goal differential, 3) previous year winners
- Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup, a preseason match played between FC Dallas and Columbus Crew
- MLS rivalry cups
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