Trillium Cup on the line as TFC visits Columbus

TFC's Justin Braun vies for the ball with Columbus Crew's Chad Marshall during a game earlier this...

TFC's Justin Braun vies for the ball with Columbus Crew's Chad Marshall during a game earlier this season. (VERONICA HENRI/Toronto Sun)

Kurtis Larson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

The Crew meet their “long-time rivals” Toronto FC with the Trillium Cup on the line Saturday at Crew Stadium, one Ohio radio ad stated Friday night.

At this point, though, both managers would rather be listening to ads containing “playoff push” or “post-season berth” instead of unimpressive silverware invented to make sure they’re still playing for something — anything — by season’s end.

Still, hardware is hardware — something competitors never want to lose, no matter how miniscule.

“There’s a Cup to play for,” TFC bench boss Ryan Nelsen said. “It would be nice to win some silverware. No matter what it is, it’s an important game for both teams.”

But less important than fans in Toronto were hoping for by now.

Instead, we’re left watching and analyzing individual performances ahead of the off-season.

Who will stake a claim moving forward? Who will play themselves off the pitch, or even out of the side completely, as the season comes to a close?

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