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Game Thread & Lineups: TFC vs Colorado Rapids

Follow along as the Reds take on the Rapids at BMO.

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids

2:00 PM Eastern

BMO Field, Toronto ON


The Headliner: Bouncing Back

Toronto seems to need a bounce back game pretty much every game, and with their third match in 7 days, it will be a slog. Colorado has been sharp as of late, but the Reds need to be better at winning the battles within the war, as it were. Second balls, careless mistakes, and missing golden opportunities are not the province of a playoff team.

Key To The Game: Performing under pressure

.TFC might have a mostly-first-choice XI, but they've yet to get it done when it counts. A third consecutive loss will certainly signal some alarms for TFC and Vanney, though a sacking doesn't seem imminent. There are only a handful of games remaining for the Reds, and they must get points from a majority of them if they're going to make their first playoff appearance. Though Tim Bezbatchenko might not be saying so now, this is a pressure game.

The Lineup:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="">@BacardiCanada</a> Starting XI: Konopka; Delgado, Williams, Perquis, Morrow; Findley, Bradley, Cheyrou, Osorio, Giovinco, Altidore <a href="">#TFCLive</a></p>&mdash; Toronto FC (@torontofc) <a href="">September 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Subs: Bendik, Zavaleta, Chapman, Gomez, Moore, Hagglund, Warner

TFC rolling out a flat 4-4-2, drawing Delgado to Right Back and Findley into the wide right midfield position. Expect the interplay between Bradley and the front two to be lessened. TFC will try to exploit the relative sluggishness of Colorado's backline.

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