Winning the away leg 3-0 should mean the home leg's a formality. Playing that home leg against an expansion NASL team that's lost it's last two games by a combined 0-8 should mean it's an opportunity to throw the kids out there to get a bit of experience, and still have it be a formality.
I'm 95% sure that will be the case and Toronto FC have nothing to worry about in Wednesday's return leg against FC Edmonton. But, you know, it's TFC, anything can happen. I'm sure there's all sorts of fresh new lows out there that we don't know about yet. I can't imagine this being one of them, but you just never know.
What sort of lineup will we see? Will Winter want to take a look at the academy kids, or will it be more of a B team, letting the members of the first team squad who haven't seen much action get a run out? He said in an interview available at Torontofc.ca that some but not all the first team would get a rest, so it sounds like there'll be some first teamers mixed in there as well. This is shaping up to be my crapshoot-iest lineup guess yet.
I wouldn't want to guess the FCE line up either, after losing 3-0 to us, they lost 5-0 in their first home league game to the Montreal Impact at the weekend, so could well want too make changes. Whether they see the tie as over and decide to field a more experimental lineup, or decide to go with their first team and really go for it, is also very much up for debate. Fortunately I'm not going to try for that, but here's my best guess for what TFC will do.
I'll go with more of a B-team than a full on academy team run out, starting with Milos Kocic getting his first game of the season, Stefan Frei deserves a night off after having to put up with the comedy defence in front of him in Seattle.
In defence, I'll go with Richard Eckersley getting another start after not playing on Saturday, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Ashtone Morgan get a chance at Left Back. With Nana Attakora still with the team (thanks Gerry and Craig) but not recovered from injury, I'll guess at Ty Harden and Doneil Henry in the middle to give first choice pairing Adrian Cann and Dicoy Williams a rest.
In Midfield, I think we'll see Oscar Cordon as the Attacking Midfielder, and Tony Tchani combined with one of Nathan Strugis or Matt Gold as Defensive Midfielders.
Up front, Joao Plata should get another start, and I woudn't be surprised to see Maicon Santos in at Centre Forward, either as punishment for a feeble effort against Seattle, or as an attempt to try and play him into form, or both. I'll go with Mikael Yourassowsky as the Left Winger, and I'll consider it a triumph if even 6 of these are right.
It should be interesting to see what kind of crowd shows up. After a lot of home games already, and not all that much to cheer about, and with the tie more or less already over as a contest and the likelihood of 2 B teams playing, it wouldn't surprise me if this beats last year's Vancouver game as Toronto's lowest attended Voyageur Cup game. That game, with the tournament already sewn up and in some serious rain, got 15,176. With this game included in season tickets and already paid for, the announced attendance may well surpass that, but I'd be surprised if that many show up.
As for a scoreline prediction, there'll be a few players on both sides with something to prove so it'll be a surprisingly entertaining game. I'll say 1-1, TFC winning 4-1 on aggregate and moving on to the final.