Even though the first leg saw stars rested and fringe players getting some much-needed minutes, TFC have all to play for coming home to BMO field. It will be interesting to see what sort of value Vanney truly places on this competition as the Reds have some tough games ahead in a very busy month of May, including Saturday's game against the Eastern Conference leaders, New England.
Match Talking Points
Will any Canadians get playing time in the Canadian Championship? Which is to say, will we see Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan, or Jordan Hamilton for the Reds, or Patrice Bernier (read his interview with our Mitchell Tierney), Jeremy Gagnon-Laparé, or Maxim Tissot for the Impact? It would be nice to have a little Canadian flavour in the Canadian Championship.
After the Canadians, will the stars play? All signs point to Altidore and Bradley playing, but Giovinco seems unlikely to dress. For the Impact, it's unclear whether or not Piatti will start.
On the field, TFC need to press the play, not wait for it to present itself. With players who can hit the telling pass in Bradley and Cheyrou, there should be no shortage of chances if TFC use the ball well. The Reds should have no problem making up the aggregate score.
Projected Starting XI
With Bendik and Caldwell still out, and Mark Bloom injured again, expect some version of this lineup on Wednesday evening. There is a chance that Vanney sends out a few more of his regular starters but it would be quite a surprise to see the complete first choice lineup out there for this game.
Toronto FC may have to find their inspiration from inside as the crowd at BMO Field is expected to be much smaller than the one that we saw on Friday. The club indicated that approximately 16,000 tickets have been sold for this game (roughly half of the expanded stadium) but with the weather unlikely to be ideal at game time it is unlikely that the crowd will even be that large.
The match is 7:30 on Wednesday, May 13. You can catch it on Sportsnet, and follow along here on Waking the Red.