Toronto FC vs. HB Koge
Bradenton, FL 12:00 PM EST
Usually, as the preseason progresses the games start to feel a lot more like those that will be played after March 7. One can hope that today's match will bring similar progression, after Wednesday's friendly against Oklahoma City Energy left plenty to be desired. Today, regardless of result, the goal will be to play better as a unit and start to develop some of the chemistry that will be crucial for this group to translate from paper to the field.
Highly important to that chemistry is the fact that everyone in the Toronto FC camp is healthy, and therefore will have time to adjust to one another's playing style before the games matter. Last year, neither Jermain Defoe nor Gilberto were available for the entire preseason. This year all of the teams stars have been working together since the start of the month.
The roster is largely unchanged from the match against Oklahoma City, as Toronto looks to keep its top unit together. Steven Caldwell will replace Nick Hagglund in defense to take up to spot beside Damien Perquis. After a solid opening match Dan Lovitz will replace Robbie Findley on the wing. Warren Creavalle is the surprise addition to the defense, taking Mark Bloom's spot at right back.
#TFCLive starting XI: Bendik, Creavalle, Perquis, Caldwell, Morrow, Bradley, Cheyrou, Giovinco, Osorio, Lovitz, Altidore— Toronto FC (@torontofc) February 21, 2015
#TFCLive Bench: Konopka, Bloom, Hagglund, Findley, Zavaleta, Morgan, Warner, Delgado, Chapman, Moore, Simonin, Dike.— Toronto FC (@torontofc) February 21, 2015
Today's opponent will be HB Koge, who finished 6th last season in the Danish 1st Division, which is the second division of soccer in Denmark. The club has been in and out of the top division for the past couple of years, however, so should still present a decent challenge to Toronto FC.
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