Crew SC is returning from Toronto with a shutout, the Trillium Cup and a spot in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Here we're breaking down the 2-0 win by the numbers.
Goalkeeper Steve Clark made six saves for Crew SC while keeping his fifth clean sheet of the season. It was Clark's ninth performance with at least six saves and his 13th all-time clean sheet.
Crew SC also captured the Trillium Cup rivalry series against Toronto for the sixth time in the eight-season history of the competition. The Black & Gold previously won the cup in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Midfielder Ethan Finlay opened the scoring in the 40th minute with his 10th goal of the season. This is Finlay's second consecutive double-digit goal-scoring season after he recorded 11 tallies in 2014. Finlay now has 10 goals and 13 assists on the season, becoming only the third player League-wide to reach double digits in both categories. The other two are Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber.
With the win in Toronto, Crew SC clinched a berth in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Black & Gold are headed to the postseason for the second time in as many seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. It is also the 13th all-time postseason berth for Columbus as well as the sixth for the club in eight seasons.
Designated Player Federico Higuain notched a goal and an assist in his 100th career regular-season start for Crew SC. The game-winning assist was Pipa's 10th all-time, tying him with Guillermo Barros Schelotto for fourth place on the all-time club list. His goal, a beautiful chip, was Higuain's 35th career tally, tying him with Eddie Gaven for fifth place on the all-time Columbus scoring list.
Forward Aaron Schoenfeld made his 50th all-time Crew SC appearance in the contest by entering the match as a second-half substitute.