Wednesday night is still very fresh in my memory. Easily the most enjoyable game of TFC soccer I've seen in quite some time. Saturday's game against D.C United has the potential to be even more exciting -- the league leaders are in town and Toronto are ready to put them to the sword.
Match Talking Points
The performance against Montreal was impeccable. Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley played magnificently. Marky Delgado has made Gold Cup seem slightly less scary - he was quite tidy on the ball and allowed Warren Creavalle the attacking freedom to play dangerous balls into the box. TFC will look to carry both the style of play and result forward to the match against D.C.
United have pulled off two slim wins in their last two games. They haven't looked altogether dominant in the ways that you'd expect from Supporter's Shield leaders, but they know how to get a result, and how to make that result hold. Add in the fact that players are healthy again - especially Fabian Espindola, who makes D.C. United tick - and Ben Olsen's team look like they belong at the top of the table. D.C are the MLS-iest team in MLS - it's not always pretty, but it is often effective.
Toronto FC Starting XI
TFC should line up very similarly to Wednesday's game. Ashtone Morgan is back from battling the flu, and Warren Creavalle likely makes way for him. Benoit Cheyrou is still unavailable, meaning Delgado will likely get his second TFC start. Konopka continues to keep hold of the starting goalkeeper's spot.
Keys to the Game
It is probably too much to expect, but another masterclass from Giovinco and Bradley will go a long way to getting TFC the result. Beyond that, the creativity that Osorio offers from midfield, combined with the great play of Delgado and Warner in keeping the defensive side of things well in hand, allows Bradley to do what he needs to do. The freer he is in attack, the better.
Like Montreal and NYCFC, D.C. have some bruisers in midfield who aren't afraid of roughing up our little Italian star. Giovinco did a good job keeping his cool against Montreal and will need to do so again. Altidore continues to produce in TFC red and it is key (both for TFC and USMNT) that he keeps scoring heading into the Gold Cup.
The game goes at 5 pm - you can catch it on Sportsnet 360 or MLS Live. Follow along in WTR's game coverage and cheer the Reds to a second consecutive victory.