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  1. With five games left to play in the regular season (four at home), the Reds (13-8-8) are two points clear in the East, with a game in hand. On 47 points, TFC sits five adrift of FC Dallas in the race for the Supporter’s Shield. If they fail to become the first Canadian team to achieve the feat of topping the MLS pile East and West, the goal remains securing a home tie in the playoffs. Also in Toronto’s ideal future is a return for Sebastian Giovinco but it’s unlikely to be this weekend. The Italian striker, who hasn’t played in September was described by manager Greg Vanney on Thursday as “questionable.” Unquestionable is the form of Giovinco’s fellow DPs. Jozy Altidore’s pair of goals in the 3-3 draw with New York Red Bulls made it eight in eight games for the big American while his national team captain Michael Bradley scored his first of the season to start the comeback. Meanwhile, Vanney has a tougher call to make at the other end of the pitch. Stick with Alex Bono, who has performed admirably in Clint Irwin’s absence, for the run-in and you are surely giving him the nod in goal for the post-season. Will be harsh on someone either way. The Union (11-11-8) are just six points back of Toronto but are now winless in three games following the 2-1 defeat on the road in Portland last weekend. Chris Pontius will lead the offense after scoring his 11th goal of the season against the Timbers but teammate and striker C.J. Sapong is on a six-game scoring drought. The teams last played just over a month ago in Philadelphia, with goals from Giovinco, Altidore and Drew Moor securing a 3-1 win. The Reds defeated their Pennsylvanian rivals at BMO twice last season. Projected Line-ups Toronto FC: C.Irwin, S.Beitashour, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow, M.Bradley, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, W.Johnson, J.Altidore, J.Hamilton Philadelphia: A.Blake, Fabinho, R.Marquez, J.Yaro, K.Rosenberry, A.Bedoya, B.Carroll, T.Barnetta, C.Pontius, F.Herbers, C.J. Sapong Referee: Ismail Elfath Broadcast: TSN2
  2. TFC (12-8-7) had gone seven games unbeaten before the calamity that befell BMO Field on August 27. Not only did the 1-0 result move the Montreal Impact to within six points behind their Canadian rivals with a game in hand, talisman Sebastian Giovinco went down with a quad injury. An adductor strain will keep him out until next week at the earliest. While Jay Chapman is also still sidelined with an MCL tear picked up in August, there is brighter news for Greg Vanney who may be able to reinstate Clint Irwin in goal. Irwin played 90 minutes for TFCII last weekend as he continued his comeback from two months out. The Fire (6-12-8) have enjoyed something of a mini resurgence of late, taking eight points from their last five games to leave them sitting just above the Columbus Crew at the root of the table. Most recently, they pasted fourth placed Philadelphia Union 3-0, with forward Michael de Leeuw leading the offence breakout. Less comforting to Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic, however, is the six goals his side shipped to DC United the week before. Surprisingly there are six teams with worse defensive records in the league. Saturday’s game is the second of three games between the sides this season. Back in July, Justin Morrow scored the only goal of the game in Toronto to give his side the three points. Last season, TFC were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line in Chicago. The Reds have only one more road game once they return from Chicago for a four-game home stand. They will welcome the Fire to BMO for the final regular season game. Projected Line-ups Chicago: S.Johnson, J.Meira, J.Kappelhof, J.Campbell, B.Vincent, R.Cocis M.Polster, J.Goossens, L.Solignac, A.Alvarez, M.de Leeuw Toronto FC: C.Irwin, S.Beitashour, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow, M.Bradley, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, T.Endoh, J.Altidore, T.Ricketts Referee: Marcos Deoliveira Broadcast: SN360
  3. Jozy Altidore will look to continue his goal-scoring form since returning from injury. The big American striker has scored three times in the last four games. While his offensive partner Sebastian Giovinco may lead the MLS Golden Boot race after his own hot-streak at home in Toronto, the little Italian hasn’t scored on the road since April 23 in Montreal. Giovinco has a right to feel confident ahead of Saturday’s matchup – he helped Toronto to victory in all three of last year’s meetings between the teams, including a 1-0 win in Philadelphia, scoring in each game of the series. Fullback Justin Morrow trained this week following the hip injury he suffered against Houston but his right-sided counterpart Mark Bloom, who went down with an ankle sprain in the same game, has not recovered in time. However, defenders Eriq Zavaleta and Steven Beitashour are available for selection. Clint Irwin remains at least a week away from a return in goal. After picking up just five points in the previous seven matches, the Union (9-8-7) burst out with a 4-0 victory in New England last weekend. Despite their recent slide, attacking-midfielder Chris Pontius now has four goals in five games. U.S. international Alejandro Bedoya made his MLS debut against New England after his switch from French side Nantes. Fellow American Brian Carroll remains sidelined with a heel injury. This week, TFC acquired Panamanian international midfielder Armando Cooper on loan from Club Deportivo Árabe Unido. Cooper, capped 74 times by his country, is waiting on a work permit and won’t feature this weekend. With Will Johnson’s return from injury imminent, the 28-year-old will provide additional options in midfield as Greg Vanney prepares the final flourishes to a playoff push. Projected Line-ups Toronto FC: A.Bono, S.Beitashour, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow, M.Bradley, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, T.Endoh, J.Altidore, S.Giovinco Philadelphia: A.Blake, Fabinho, R.Marquez, K.Tribbet, K.Rosenberry, A.Bedoya, W.Creavalle, T.Barnetta, C.Pontius, Ilsinho, C.J. Sapong Referee: Mark Geiger Broadcast: SN360
  4. This is unfamiliar territory for TFC (10-7-6) and their long-suffering fans, who have driven their team to four straight wins at BMO Field. The Reds scored 12 goals and conceded just two during the momentous period. For the players, Houston and the accompanying heat will be a stern test of their Supporters Shield credentials. The game at Compass Stadium (Kick-off 9:00 p.m. ET) begins a three-game road spin for the Reds whose away record reads 3-6-3. “Of course it will be different on the road,” says Sebastian Giovinco. “But we have to have the same mentality.” Now leading the MLS Golden Boot standings, Giovinco has seven goals in his last four games while his striking partner Jozy Altidore has two in three. Altidore score against Houston in their only meeting last season, when TFC slipped to a 2-1 home loss. This weekend’s road game will also be a barometer of just how far rookie goalkeeper Alex Bono has come since his shaky debut back in June, when he came on for the injured Clint Irwin in Orlando and assisted in Toronto dropping a 3-2 result. Club-captain Michael Bradley, on return from injury, was imperious against New England last weekend. Greg Vanney will be pleased the return of the Yankee general didn’t disrupt the midfield dynamism fuelled by youth and in particular Marky Delgado, who anchored the diamond in the absence of Bradley and Benoit Cheyrou. The Frenchman is close to a return himself from a short layoff with a hamstring problem. Meanwhile the Dynamo (4-10-8) sit last place in the West, winless in five games after a 1-0 defeat in Montreal. Wade Barrett’s side have struggled for goals during the fallow period, finding the net only once. American Will Bruin has lead the line for the Orangemen since Jamaican striker Giles Barnes was traded to Vancouver last month. Despite the current trouble of the two-time MLS Cup winners, Toronto haven’t won in Houston since 2010. By Saturday’s end we’ll may know if this incarnation of TFC is for real. Projected Line-ups Toronto FC: A.Bono, S.Beitashour, J.Williams, D.Moor, J.Morrow, M.Bradley, J.Chapman, J.Osorio, T.Endoh, T.Ricketts, S.Giovinco Houston Dynamo: J.Willis, A.Mansally, J.Anibaba, D.Horst, S.Williams, C.Warner, B.Garcia, C.Maidana, R.Clark, A.Wenger, W.Bruin Referee: Hilario Grajeda Broadcast: TSN2
  5. Saturday’s matchup with the Revs at BMO Field (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET) is the last of the four-game home stand that has uncovered a new and pulsing confidence on the pitch and in the stands. Rookie goalkeeper Alex Bono has settled any debate about whether he deserves to wear the gloves in Clint Irwin’s absence. Marky Delgado has rendered the absence of Benoit Cheyrou and Michael Bradley in the midfield a non-issue and TFC’s offensive future looks bright with youngsters Tsubasa Endoh and Jay Chapman. On Wednesday night against Real Salt Lake, Canadian Tosaint Ricketts got off the mark for his new club, while Jozy Altidore bagged the first of his season last weekend as TFC regained the Trillium Cup versus the Columbus Crew. Toronto (9-7-6) will look to solidify their claim to the best defense in the East (23 goals conceded) against Kei Kamara, who matched Giovinco’s 22-goal haul last season. Only David Villa has more than the Italian this year. Kamara has nine in total, but only four in 11 since transferring from Columbus Crew in May. In shutting out RSL, the Reds secured a club record breaking ninth clean sheet of the season. New England (6-8-6) have steadied the ship after three consecutive defeats at the start of July, claiming seven points from their last four games. But they’ll seek to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat in Orlando last weekend with the services of striker and fan favourite Charlie Davies, who was traded to the Philadelphia Union before the MLS transfer deadline on Wednesday. Jay Heaps’s side struggled against the Orlando press, something that TFC have done with much success in recent games. In the 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake, the Reds alternated between periods of sustained possession and others of compact defence. With an average age of 22, the midfield seems equipped for such physically taxing responsibility. The last time these sides met at BMO Field, the Revs came out 3-1 winners in September last year, as TFC were stumbling into the playoffs. Sebastian Giovinco secured a 1-1 draw in New England back in April. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, S.Beitashour, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow, M.Delgado, J.Chapman, J.Osorio, T.Endoh, J.Altidore, S.Giovinco New England Revolution: B.Shuttleworth, C.Tierney, J.Goncalves, A.Farrell, L.Woodberry, S.Caldwell, J.Watson, K.Rowe, L.Nguyen, T.Bunbury, K.Kamara Referee: Ted Unkel Broadcast: SN360
  6. After netting a hat-trick featuring two direct free kicks bookended by a six-yard box strike, the Italian jetted off to join the MLS All-Stars team in San Jose. The league’s best will play storied English club Arsenal Thursday night. Giovinco may have to settle for place on the bench depending on how many minutes he’s deployed against the Gunners. Sunday’s game at BMO is the third and final installment of the Trillium Cup this season. The rivals faced off most recently just two weeks ago in Columbus, Jordan Hamilton securing a 1-1 draw for the Reds. Back in May, the sides played out a 0-0 in Toronto and a repeat would see the Cup return to Canada on away goals. In the second of a four-game home stretch, TFC (7-7-6) will look to build on what was perhaps the team’s strongest performance of the season against D.C. That that result came on the heels of the crushing defeat to nine-man San Jose the week previous will give Greg Vanney hope that with the return of Jozy Altidore, the addition of Tosaint Ricketts and other stars (M.Bradley, W.Johnson) to come back, this group of Reds can finally put a run of MLS form together. Altidore and Ricketts each played only 20 minutes against D.C. but while the new Canadian recruit missed a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, the presence of both gave the side new offensive dimensions. American striker Altidore will most likely start against Columbus, with Ricketts maybe in behind. It is unlikely that Vanney would play with both Altidore and the man who has subbed for him for the past two months, Jordan Hamilton. Columbus (3-7-10) are winless in eight games and have slid to second from bottom in the division. However, while Gregg Berhalter’s side have conceded 14 goals in the fallow period, they remain a threat offensively. Norwegian striker Ola Kamara scored his 10th goal in 14 games against Orlando last weekend, a game that also saw the return of midfield maestro Federico Higuain. TFC have wrestled back the best defensive in the East (23 conceded), with more than a little thanks to Eriq Zavaleta, who has become a mainstay at centre back. The U.S. native, who will celebrate his 24th birthday next week, has been subject of eligibility interest from the El Salvador national team as revealed by the Toronto Sun’s Kurt Larson. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, E.Zavaleta, J.Williams, D.Moor, J.Morrow, B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, T.Ricketts, J.Chapman, T.Endoh, J.Altidore Columbus Crew: S.Clark, H.Afful, M.Parkhurst, T.Wahl, C.Ashe, W.Trapp, T.Tchani, J.Meram, F.Higuain, Cedrick, O.Kamara Referee: Allen Chapman Broadcast: SN360
  7. Surprisingly, TFC (6-7-6) still sit fifth in the Eastern standings but are nine points adrift of high flying New York City FC. Saturday’s matchup is the first of a four-game home stretch for the Reds. It would appear that, despite his three goals in five games, left-back Justin Morrow is not considered the solution to Sebastian Giovinco’s scoring drought. The Italian has now gone eight games without finding the net. Joining the ranks of would-be saviours is Tosaint Ricketts. The much rumoured transfer of the Canadian International from Boluspor Kulübü of Turkey’s TFF First League was finally confirmed Wednesday and the 28-year-old will go straight into the squad this weekend. Ricketts, who was born in Edmonton, spent time playing in Finland, Romania, Norway and Israel before landing in Turkey. He has 50 caps for the Canadian national team, scoring 12 goals. Despite the new signing, Vanney gave the strongest indication yet this week that, barring any hicuups, Jozy Altidore will finally make his long awaited return from injury. The American striker hasn’t played since May 14 but if training goes as planned this week he could be considered for Saturday after making the bench in San Jose. Tied for seventh place, D.C. (5-7-7) have just one win in their last six. They matched TFC’s recent result (1-1) in Columbus last weekend but have struggled for goals (18). Only the Chicago Fire (17) have scored less in MLS. In an attempt to address their offensive woes, United signed forward Patrick Mullins from NYCFC on Wednesday. 24-year-old Mullins made his full debut on May 3, 2014, scoring his first MLS goal against, you guessed it, Toronto FC. Heading out the D.C. door this week is Fabian Espindola, the veteran striker was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps. This fixture ended in a 0-0 draw at BMO last season. Earlier this year, Sebastian Giovinco notched the only goal to give Toronto victory on the road in D.C. It was a record breaking moment, the goal coming after just 58 seconds, the fastest in TFC history. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, E.Zavaleta, J.Williams, D.Moor, J.Morrow, B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, T.Ricketts, M.Babouli, S.Giovinco, J.Altidore D.C. United: B.Hamid, S.Franklin, S.Birnbaum, B. Boswell, T.Kemp, L.Sam, M.Sarvas, N. DeLeon, J.Jeffrey, L.Acosta, A.Saborio Referee: Armando Villarreal Broadcast: SN360
  8. The game at Avaya Stadium pits the Reds against a team on the slide. The Quakes (5-6-7) haven’t won in seven games and are sitting well outside the playoff spots in a highly competitive Western Conference. In comparison, whilst only two points better off with the same number of games played, TFC (6-6-6) have given improved performances in recent weeks and showed resilience to tie the Crew despite running a short bench. The big news out of Toronto this week was the departure of Damien Perquis, whose contract was terminated with mutual consent. The Frenchman was drawing a healthy salary, and with Vanney impressed with fellow centre back Eriq Zavaleta this season it was time to move on. The team once again played with five at the back in Columbus, Mark Bloom replacing Steven Beitashour. The Iranian is expected to come back in for the clash with the Quakes, for whom he use to wear the uniform. San Jose suffered a first home loss of the season to high-flying Dallas last weekend. Whilst they matched their Texan opponents in most departments, Dominic Kinnear’s side will be desperate for three points when they face Toronto. Earthquakes hitman Chris Wondolowski will hope to break his six-game scoring drought. Toronto have won the last two encounters between the sides, including a 3-1 victory at BMO Field last May. However, San Jose haven't lost to a Canadian team at home in 11 games. The last team to inflict defeat? It was the Reds in May, 2010. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, E.Zavaleta, J.Williams, D.Moor, J.Morrow, B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, M.Babouli, S.Giovinco, J.Hamilton San Jose: D.Bingham, C.Cato, M.Wynne, V.Bernárdez, A.Quintero, A.Godoy, S.Dawkins, S.Salinas, C.Wondolowski, Q.Amarikwa Referee: Alejandro Mariscal Broadcast: SN360
  9. When the Reds (6-6-5) last faced Columbus (3-7-7), on May 21, they were in the middle of a home stretch that saw them pick up just five points from their opening five games at BMO Field. However, following a nervy 1-0 win at home to basement club Chicago Fire last week, TFC sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, while the Crew are looking a long way up, only two points above the struggling Fire. Toronto have been misfiring up front to a certain degree, with Sebastian Giovinco scoreless in seven games, so Greg Vanney will hope Altidore can stay fit for the hectic run of games coming up. Defender Josh Williams is back to full fitness and will return to Ohio, where he spent four years with his old crew. It has been a tale of mixed fortunes for Columbus in recent games. In the 3-1 away defeat to New England last weekend, Ola Kamara extended his scoring streak to three. The Norwegian front man now has eight goals in the last six MLS games. However, Head coach Gregg Berhalter has seen his side lose twice in a row and they are winless in five. Missing from the home side’s starting lineup from the last time the teams faced off will be midfield maestro Federico Higuain, who is recovering from hernia surgery and centre back Gaston Sauro, who is spending a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a torn PCL The game between the sides earlier this season ended in a 0-0 stalemate but the Crew defeated the Reds twice last season, home and away. The last installment of the rivalry at MAPFRE Stadium was a 3-3 goal fest, this time last year. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, E.Zavaleta, J.Williams, D.Moor, J.Morrow, B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, M.Babouli, S.Giovinco, J.Hamilton Columbus Crew: S.Clark, H.Afful, M.Parkhurst, C.Barson, W.Francis, W.Trapp, T.Tchani, M.Saeid, J.Meram, E.Finlay, O.Kamara Referee: Robert Sibiga Broadcast: TSN2
  10. Meanwhile, the Fire (3-7-5) arrive at BMO Field as healthy as they have been all season. Midfielders Matt Polster, Collin Fernandez and Arturo Alvarez have all received a clean bill of health for Chicago, who secured just their third win of the season against San Jose last week. Dutchman John Gossens opened his scoring account in this seventh game in MLS since moving from Romanian soccer in the off-season to earn the three points. Toronto’s defence will have to pay careful attention to young right back Rodrigo Ramos, whose offensive play has proved to be one of the Fire’s main threats this year. Missing goalkeeper senior players Clint Irwin, captain Michael Bradley, Will Johnson and Altidore, the Reds’ form has mirrored that of 2015 MVP Sebastian Giovinco, who hasn’t scored in six games and managed only one assist in the same period. Stand-in captain Benoit Cheyrou only appeared from the bench against the Sounders and may be restored to the starting line-up Saturday. Rarely tested against Seattle, 22-year-old Alex Bono will continue to deputize in goal for the injured Irwin. On home debut, Bono could do nothing to stop Jordan’s Morris’ curling equalizer. The secondary transfer window opened on Monday and until it closes on August 3, the rookie will hope to prove himself. Toronto and Chicago played home and away last season, both fixtures finishing 3-2 in favour of the home side. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, N.Hagglund, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow, B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, M.Babouli, S.Giovinco, J.Hamilton Chicago: S.Johnson, R.Ramos, J.Kappelhof, J.Campbell, B.Vincent, M.Stephens, M.Polster, J.Goossens, A.Valerez, K. Igboananike, D.Accam Referee: Silviu Petrescu Broadcast: TSN4
  11. The win came at a cost though. In scoring the heroic stoppage-time goal that secured the silverwear against the Whitecaps, Will Johnson hyperextended his leg and is doubtful for Saturday’s game. (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET). TFC (5-6-4) will continue to rely on the leadership of veteran Benoit Cheyrou, who received the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the 2016 Canadian Championship. After a solid performance on full debut, 22-year-old Alex Bono will deputize in goal in place of the injured Irwin, sidelined for six weeks due to a quadriceps strain. Bradley is still recovering from a knee injury picked up on U.S. national team duty at the Copa America. Coach Greg Vanney says it’s not serious. The Sounders (5-9-1) are on a torrid run of form in MLS play, losing five of their last six games, leaving them rooted second from bottom in the Western Conference. However, they come into Saturday’s game on the back of qualification for the US Open Cup quarterfinals. Despite taking a pummeling from Real Salt Lake in regulation and extra time, a second-string side won the tie after a penalty shootout. Clint Dempsey has returned from the Copa America to add some power back to the offence but Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has suggested fatigue may mean the game in Toronto might come too soon. TFC haven’t beaten Seattle at BMO Field since 2010 and the Sounders have won on their last two visits to Toronto. They also won the only game between the teams last season, a 2-1 victory on the West Coast. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, S.Beitashour, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow B.Cheyrou, M.Delgado, J.Osorio, T.Endoh, S.Giovinco, M.Babouli Seattle: T.Miller, D.Remick, C.Marshall, B.Evans, T.Mears, A.Ivanschitz, E.Friberg, O.Alonso, J.Jones, J.Morris, A.Kovar Referee: Kevin Stott Broadcast: TSN2
  12. Deputizing in net will be either Quillan Roberts or Alex Bono, who took over the gloves on Saturday in Florida and was helpless as Kaka’s injury time penalty sent TFC home empty handed. Irwin has played every game to date in his debut season in Toronto since making the move from Colorado Rapids. Toronto will also be without club captain Michael Bradley, who has returned from U.S. national team duty at the Copa America with an apparent leg injury. The Reds haven’t tasted success in the tournament since 2012 while Vancouver will seek to retain the silverwear they won last season. Sebastian Giovinco scored the solidarity goal in the first leg at BMO Field last week, when Toronto bossed the midfield, Benoit Cheyrou with another standout performance. The Whitecaps, 7-7-3 in MLS, secured an impressive 3-2 road victory against the Eastern Conference pacesetters Philadelphia Union on Saturday. However, the big news out of Vancouver is that Octavio Rivero’s appearance at BMO was his last in a Whitecaps uniform. The DP striker is on the move to Colo-Colo in Chile. Erik Hurtado replaced him at the point of the attack against Philadelphia and midfielders Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolaños stepped up with a goal apiece. TFC’s Josh Williams is eligible for cup play despite being sent off late for protesting the award of the late Orlando penalty on Saturday but Eriq Zavaleta may come back in to partner Drew Moor in a backline that will seek to limit pressure on their rookie goalie. The Voyageurs Cup winner is awarded Canada's lone spot in CONCACAF Champions League. Projected Line-ups Toronto: A.Bono, N.Hagglund, E.Zavaleta, D.Moor, J.Morrow B.Cheyrou, W.Johnson, J.Osorio, S.Giovinco, M.Babouli, J.Hamilton Vancouver: D.Ousted, J.Smith, A.Jacobson, T.Parker, J.Harvey, P.Morales, M.Laba, N.Mezquida, C.Bolanos, K.Manneh, E.Hurtado Broadcast: TSN, TSN 1410
  13. TFC overcame the Montreal Impact over two impressive legs in the semifinals to secure their final birth while the Whitecaps needed a 3-0 reverse at home to the Ottawa Fury to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Toronto, 5-5-4 in MLS play, go into the game on the back of a gutsy 1-0 victory at home to L.A. Galaxy on Saturday night. A Drew Moor header late in the second half saw of the Californian challengers and snapped a four-game winless streak in the league for Greg Vanney’s men. TFC are still without captain Michael Bradley, with the U.S. national team set to take on Argentina in the semi-finals of the Copa America, also on Tuesday. Benoit Cheyrou has stepped up in the American’s absence and anchored the side in what was an offence heavy line-up against Los Angeles. Tsubasa Endoh made his first start in a month against the Galaxy, to mixed reviews. Jordan Hamilton, fresh off his full MLS debut, will most likely partner Sebastian Giovinco in attack. Expect Will Johnson to come back to the starting selection, alongside Cheyrou or on the left in a diamond. While Moor and Eriq Zavaleta combined for the winner at BMO Field on Saturday, the short turnaround may see Vanney rotate at the back, something he has shown a willingness to do in recent weeks. Toronto have four games in the next 12 days, including a roadtrip to Orlando, sandwiched between the Vancouver games. Vancouver fell to defeat at home to the New England Revolution on Saturday. Nicolas Mezquida’s magic from the dead ball and a solid performance couldn’t make up for wastefulness in front of goal. Octavio Rivero and Pedro Morales are both available for selection, after serving one-match suspensions against the Revs. Defender Kendall Waston, who has just returned from Copa America duty with Costa Rica, is eligible for cup play, as the two-game suspension he received following the red card for violent conduct against the Portland Timbers only applies in MLS. Just over one month ago, the Whitecaps prevailed in a 4-3 thriller at BMO Field. The second leg of the final will be played in Vancouver on June 29. The Voyageurs Cup winner is awarded Canada's lone spot in CONCACAF Champions League. Projected Line-ups Toronto: C.Irwin, A.Morgan, J.Williams, D.Perquis, S.Beitashour, B.Cheyrou, W.Johnson, J.Osorio, S.Giovinco, M.Babouli, J.Hamilton Vancouver: D.Ousted, J.Smith, A.Jacobson, T.Parker, J.Harvey, P.Morales, M.Laba, N.Mezquida, C.Techera, O.Rivero, K.Manneh, Broadcast: TSN1, TSN4, TSN 1410
  14. After a strong start to the season, Los Angeles have slipped up in recent weeks, securing only three points from the last four games. Their last victory came at home to New England Revolution on May 8. With the United States extending their run in the 100th edition of the Copa to the quarter finals, TFC will once again be without their talismanic captain Michael Bradley. Even if the U.S. go out on Thursday against Ecuador, the earliest Bradley could be back in contention is for next week’s Voyagers Cup final. Will Johnson partnered Benoit Cheyrou against Montreal last week in a 4-2-3-1 formation coach Greg Vanney is likely to persist with. Sebastian Giovinco will come in for Jordan Hamilton up top and Tsubasa Endoh may return to the line-up after suffering a few niggling injuries. The Voyageurs Cup proved a welcome distraction for TFC following a slump in performances in regular league play. Since sliding to a 3-0 defeat at New York Red Bulls on May 28, the Reds have overcome Montreal Impact over two legs in the Canadian Championship, securing a spot in the final, where they will face Vancouver Whitecaps. The loss in New York was a second straight shutout in attack for Toronto, who currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference with 16 points. Giovinco will look to get back on the scoresheet. The Italian hasn’t found the back of the net in just over a month. Meanwhile, the Galaxy have the most prolific offence in MLS so far this season with 27 goals, almost twice that of Toronto (14). TFC’s last home win vs. the Galaxy came in 2008. L.A. are undefeated against Toronto in 10 games. Projected Line-ups Toronto: C.Irwin, J.Morrow, D.Moor, D.Perquis, S.Beitashour, B.Cheyrou, W.Johnson, J.Osorio, , D.Lovitz S.Giovinco, M.Babouli Los Angeles: B.Rowe, J.Van Damme, D.Steres, R.Rodgers, A.Cole, N.de Jong, M.Magee, S.Gerrard, G.dos Santos, S.Lletget, E.Boateng. Referee: Ricardo Salazar Broadcast: SN 360
  15. Missing Michael Bradley, Will Johnson and the injured Giovinco, Greg Vanney opted for young, homegrown talent with an average age of under 25. TFC academy products produced the attacking flair and registered all four goals and three of the assists. Local boys Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton were the stars on the night, both scoring twice. Hamilton’s particularly pretty pair were his first competitive goals in Toronto colours. Ashtone Morgan, who took the captain’s armband when the impressive Benoit Cheyrou was subbed off, also had a strong game down the left side. Johnson has returned from international duty with Canada, albeit with hip flexor soreness, and may feature at Saputo Stadium. Forward Tsubasa Endoh has also been cleared to play. Late goals from Michael Salazar and Drogba in Toronto mean the second leg will be hotly contested but TFC’s 2-0 road win against their rivals earlier this season will give them cause for confidence. The Impact will be without captain Patrice Bernier, following his sending off for a two-footed challenge on Danny Lovitz at BMO. Coach Mauro Biello will also be unable to rely on the services of Argentine Nacho Piatti, who underwent hand surgery last week and will miss three weeks. In better news for the Quebec side, defenders Ambroise Oyongo and Víctor Cabrera are both re-available for selection. The Voyageurs Cup has proven a welcome distraction for TFC following a slump in performances in MLS play. Toronto don’t return to league action until June 18, when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy. If the Reds see off Montreal this Wednesday they will face either Vancouver Whitecaps or Ottawa Fury, who are hoping to make their first appearance in the final of the Canadian competition. Projected Line-ups Toronto: C.Irwin, E.Zavaleta, N.Hagglund, A.Morgan, S.Beitashour, D.Lovitz, W.Johnson, J.Osorio, S.Giovinco, M.Babouli, J.Hamilton Montreal: E.Kronberg, K.Fisher, A.Oyongo, V.Cabrera, H.Camara, H.Shipp, K.Bekker, M.Salazar, L.Ontivero, D.Oduro, D.Drogba Broadcast: TSN