Outside of players named Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Micheal Bradley, Benoit Cheyrou has been Toronto's best player so far this season. The 34-year-old Frenchman has been the anchor in Toronto's midfield for most of the season and is a big reason for their early season success.
However, when Toronto FC try to take down the league's top team for the second time this month, they will likely have to do so without their best non-designated player. Cheyrou also missed Toronto's game against the Montreal Impact due to an injury sustained to his calf.
Toronto didn't show many signs of missing him against Montreal, as Marky Delgado filled in admirably, albeit in a very different role. Collen Warner was less impressive as the role replacement for Cheyrou as he had difficulty getting back with Montreal's quick counter-attacks.
DC United are a very different team, however, as they have a little more attacking presence. Only the New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy have more goals in league play than DC. Between Chris Rolfe, Jairo Arrieta, Luis Silva and Fabian Espindola they have several strong attacking options.
It is good news then that Toronto FC will have Ashtone Morgan back in the lineup for Saturday's game after a flu kept him out of the Impact match as well. Warren Creavalle did a good job against the Impact, but would have had better players than Max Tissot to defend this weekend.
Instead Morgan has shown that he is more than capable this season at both ends of playing Greg Vanney's style and being an important piece in Toronto FC's victories. Having him back in the lineup can only be good news for a Toronto team that was caught on the counter far too often against Montreal.
This is a very important game for Morgan, as it may well be his last chance to impress before he leaves for Canadian national team camp. He has done a good job in the first part of the season, but certainly hasn't cemented a spot on the team.
It is no secret that Toronto FC are looking to make some moves in the month ahead, and one of them could be adding a right back to make sure Justin Morrow plays on his regular side. While no rumours have linked Toronto with any such players so far, they may well be coming in the near future.
The match kicks off early tomorrow, at 5:00 pm, and will be followed by Toronto FC II who are set to play at 8:00 after the conclusion of the first team match.