The Headliner: Three on the trot?
Winning streaks haven't really been a thing for the up and down Toronto FC this season, their longest "winning streak" this season has been two games. They have only done that twice, and a lot of the times have followed up their best performances with weak ones.
They have a chance to make it three on the trot tonight, in their third game of a four-game home stand. So far, so good, as they have collected a couple of big wins against Columbus Crew and DC United.
The last few games have seen the club play their best soccer of the season. They have looked confident and lethal on the attack, and calm and composed defensively. Both have been shown at times this season, but not with this much balance between the two.
This will be a tougher test, however, against a Real Salt Lake team who are far less flawed than either United or the Crew. Salt Lake sit fifth in the Western Conference, and have not lost in their last three matches. They also played this past weekend, on the road against the Philadelphia Union.
Real Salt Lake is a significantly bigger threat offensively than both of these teams as well, having scored 32 goals this season. Their attack is also difficult to shut down, because they get contributions from so many players. Joao Plata, Yuta Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez are the main danger men for RSL.
Key to the Game: More of the same
That may sound cliche, but everything is working well for Toronto FC right now, and with essentially the same lineup as last match, they don't need to chance much about their approach. A lot of what happens in this match will come down to Toronto's young midfield, which will get another test to prove its worth.
Up front, Toronto could use another big game out of Jordan Hamilton to take the weight off the shoulders of Sebastian Giovinco. The Canadian hasn't been bad in the last few by any means, but he hasn't been quite as involved as previous matches.
Toronto FC: Bono; Morrow, Moor, Zavaleta, Beitashour; Delgado, Endoh, Osorio, Chapman; Hamilton, Giovinco
Subs: Roberts, Hagglund, Zavaleta, Bloom, Ricketts, Babouli, Altidore
Real Salt Lake: Rimando; Glad, Beltran, Maund, Phillips; Morales, Stertzer, Beckerman; Plata, Martinez, Garcia
Venue: BMO Field Toronto, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
SB Nation Opposition Blog: RSL Soapbox
Streaming: TSN Go