Voyageurs Cup Semi-Final Leg 2 7:30 PM Eastern
BMO Field, Toronto Ontario
Sportsnet 1 and Sportsnet World
The Headliner: Which Toronto FC will show up?
It's not just about rosters for Toronto FC in tonight' match, it has a lot to do with style as well. Which who is ultimately in the starting eleven will have a big impact on what brand of soccer the club can play, playing that brand regardless is crucial.
Last week Toronto had painfully little in attack against Montreal, even as their defenders held firm for the majority of the match. The same can be said against Houston on the weekend, as Toronto have yet to find their attacking ability since the opening week against Vancouver.
If Jozy Altidore and/or Sebastian Giovinco are not in the lineup, and there is a good chance one of them won't be available, can they find offense from other places. Jonathan Osorio had a great second half against Houston, and will be very important in this match. The same can be said of Luke Moore, who has not had a great start to the year.
If Toronto can find a way to break down the Impact, than there is a very good chance they will move on. Overall, Toronto are the better club and have more dynamic players. But if they cannot than the Impact will have a very good chance at their third title in a row.
Key Matchup: The Midfield
It is hard to say exactly why the key players will be in this match as there is not real indication as to what rosters each team will be fielding. However, one can be certain that the midfield is where this game will be one or lost.
Toronto has the best chance of controlling the match in this area, as they have several good possession players who can boss the area. They just can't always get that done.
In the last leg Toronto was painful through the middle as Osorio was uncharacteristically poor, and he didn't get much support either. Having Giovinco draw back in would be helpful, giving Osorio a dangerous attacking partner to work with. The two have already shown plenty of chemistry so far this year.
So, turns out after all that Toronto FC are actually going for it. This is basically the starting lineup, and should be enough to earn Toronto the victory should they play their game. Many people will be surprised, myself included, will be surprised by this roster.