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Game Thread: Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

MVP-elect Sebastian Giovinco
MVP-elect Sebastian Giovinco
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

4:00 PM Eastern

BMO Field Toronto, ON


The Headliner: Giovinco's Hot Streak

Sebastian Giovinco leads MLS in scoring. He's 3rd overall for assists. He has amassed 167 points for his Fantasy owners. He is, without a doubt, the league's most effective player. He's unstoppable in attack and when he has the supporting cast around him clicking - specifically Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley - he makes TFC a contender. Throw in new acquisition Herculez Gomez and TFC look set to make a charge for first in the east.

Of course, if anyone were ever to challenge Giovinco for the MVP crown, its Benny Feilhaber. The SKC midfielder has been electric thus far this season, racking up 11 assists. He makes their attack tick, and they'll need him more than ever without Dom Dwyer.

Key to the Match: Boss the Midfield

Michael Bradley needs to win the midfield duel against Benny Feilhaber. TFC's shape will give them numbers in central midfield, while SKC's typically dominant midfield three of Feilhaber, Mustivar, and Espinoza will be a man short - Espinoza is unavailable due to suspension. If Bradley can get the ball and distribute to Giovinco in transition, we could see another multi-goal game for the Italian

The Lineup:

Nice to see Jackson sticking at right fullback. He was very impressive against Orlando. Bradley and Altidore draw back into the lineup, while Zavaleta slots in for the suspended Damien Perquis. Justin Morrow gets a rest as Ashtone Morgan lines up on the left.

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