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Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls: Game Thread

Follow along as Toronto FC try to gain some ground on New York Red Bulls at the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

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Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

7:00 PM Eastern

Harrison, New Jersey


The Headliner: Making a Good Im"press"ion

The New York Red Bulls are the hottest team in Major League Soccer, with 13 points in their last five games. A lot of this has been because of their tactics, mainly the high press they have instilled to put pressure on the opposition's defenders.

Against a Toronto team that has been stunningly bad defensively on the road, this tactic would seem to be extra effective, and lead to another embarrassing road loss for the Reds.

However, Toronto is quite prepared for this, having focused on it majorly during training. The general thinking is that if they can beat the press, they definitely like their chances.

On the counterattack Toronto FC are a very dangerous team with all three of their designated players in the lineup. Michael Bradley is back after dealing with injury and looked solid in Toronto's loss last weekend.

This game will be extra special for one Toronto player, however, as it is Jozy Altidore's return to New York. The Livingstone, New Jersey native spent 37 games with the Red Bulls and scored 15 goals in that time. Seven years later he returns with the visiting team, despite New York trying very hard to get him in January.

The Lineup:

Joe Bendik will return in goal despite whispers that Chris Konopka might take over his job, although this may well be an important game for him. The backline looks to be convoluted, but Josh Williams looks to be making his debut alongside Ahmed Kantari in the middle of the park.

In the middle Benoit Cheyrou's return will be huge for Toronto, as he is an important link between the defense and the midfield. Jonathan Osorio comes out of the midfield as a result, with the more defensive minded Collen Warner drawing in.

Up front it is the trio of designated players, with Bradley playing behind Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore.

Follow along in the comment's section below as Toronto try to steal points at Red Bull Arena.