7:30 PM Eastern
Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA
The Headliner: Walking Wounded
Toronto FC are in tough as they deal with the continued absence of Ashtone Morgan and Michael Bradley, as well as the possible loss of Sebastian Giovinco to a nagging heel injury. The Revs, who are tied with TFC on points but have played 4 more games, are mostly injury free, with Jermaine Jones close to a return and Chris Tierney questionable. Can the Reds power through on the turf and produce another excellent road result? Can we allow less than 4 goals?
Who will step up for TFC? Despite being consistently slammed by some of TFC's supporters, Joe Bendik has made some important saves but that's not enough to keep the scorelines low. Without two natural fullbacks in the lineup, players like Daniel Lovitz are placed in as stop-gaps. The acquisition of Josh Williams helps mitigate this, but he's unavailable for the New England match.
Key to the Match: Keeping the Revs attack cold.
New England are in a bit of slump offensively, but the attacking talent on offer is still dangerous and must be contained. Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Charlie Davies, Juan Agudelo, and Teal Bunbury all have the ability to be an offensive threat. The flip side of that is TFC's defense, which has allowed 12 goals over its last 4 games. The Reds should be bolstered by the debut of former Moroccan International Ahmed Kantari, who is set to make his debut in New England. Collen Warner - who has been a steady presence in the TFC midfield this year - is suspended due to Yellow Card Accumulation, so the defensive burden in midfield falls squarely on Benoit Cheyrou, who has looked tired in his past two games.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="it" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/BacardiCanada">@BacardiCanada</a> Starting XI: Bendik; Morrow, Kantari, Perquis, Jackson; Osorio, Cheyrou, Findley, Delgado; Giovinco, Altidore. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TFCLive?src=hash">#TFCLive</a></p>— Toronto FC (@torontofc) <a href="https://twitter.com/torontofc/status/627607277650903040">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
In goal Joe Bendik gets the start again, while Jackson is the one forced into the right fullback spot. Giovinco does play, though it remains to be seen for how long. Findley starts in midfield, making me think it will be more of a flat 4 than the usual "Y" or Diamond. Kantari also gets his first start for the Reds, as expected.