This weekend Toronto FC makes the final stop in their eight-game season-opening road trip. Toronto plays the Portland Timbers on Sunday before returning home for their season opener on May 7. It's been a long trip, and ahead of the match, they are calling in some reenforcements.
The club announced today that they have recalled four players from their USL affiliate. Quillan Roberts, Chris Mannella, Jay Chapman and Nick Hagglund will be rejoining the senior team. All four started for Toronto FC II in their 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati this past weekend.
Alex Bono has been returned to Toronto FC II and is likely to start in net when the USL club faces the Richmond Kickers tomorrow. Bono has started all but one TFC II game so far this season but was called up to the senior team so that Roberts could play in a match. Roberts has been backing up Clint Irwin since the start of the season.
Hagglund has been with the USL affiliate for the past two games. The 23-year-old Toronto FC first round pick played 90 minutes in both matches. He scored the opening goal in the club's 2-2 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds two weeks ago.
Chapman and Mannella have been brought up to give the team some coverage in the midfield. Jonathan Osorio did not make the trip to Portland for the match with a rolled ankle. While it is expected to be a short-term injury, having both Osorio and Benoit Cheyrou on the sidelines opens up spots in the starting lineup.
Neither Chapman nor Mannella will be expected to start, but could make an appearance off the bench. Chapman has already made one appearance this season, playing 29 minutes in the team's 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Mannella, however, has yet to play minutes in Major League Soccer.
Two members of Toronto FC's opening day roster remain with the USL affiliate for tomorrow's game: Ashtone Morgan and Jordan Hamilton. The pair of Canadians both made appearances in last weekend's match and will be expected to do so again this weekend.