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Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the New England Revolution

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With little left to play for, will Greg Vanney start his best 11?

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On Saturday night the New England Revolution visit BMO Field as they try to make a final push for the MLS Cup playoffs. Sitting five points behind Montreal (who occupy the 6th playoff spot) with a game in hand and an upcoming game against the Impact, New England have everything to play for. TFC, who are mathematically but not realistically still in the playoff picture, are just looking to spoil the party and boost morale around the club at this point, as any dropped points will eliminate them from playoff contention, as will any of the teams above them picking up points.

Greg Vanney and a few players seem to think that they still have a chance at the postseason, despite admitting that it’ll be tough, so I think there’s a chance that he puts out his best lineup in his favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Goalkeeper

Alex Bono

Bono was ridiculed online this week after he said that TFC are “very much in the playoff picture” and that they are “right on the cusp of pulling this thing off”, according to a tweet from Joshua Kloke. Bono has also admitted recently that he is partially to blame for the bad season they’ve gone through, which is a fair statement if you ask me. Bono hasn’t been as bad as some fans claim he has been, but he certainly hasn’t looked like the goalie that led the club to the treble in 2017.

Defence

Gregory van der Wiel, Chris Mavinga, Nick Hagglund

The status of Drew Moor remains unclear, so I picked (in my opinion) the strongest three options available. All three of these players started in New York, although van der Wiel was at right-back and Michael Bradley dropped into the back three. They had issues closing down the strength and agility of Bradley Wright-Phillips and could struggle against the likes of Juan Agudelo.

Midfield

Auro, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Victor Vazquez

As mentioned above, Michael Bradley was employed as a part of the defence against the Red Bulls, once again proving that he isn’t a centre-back and shouldn’t be used as one. When he isn’t in the midfield and Liam Fraser isn’t starting, TFC lose a valuable link between the defence and attack, which is where Bradley thrives. I think that if he plays in midfield behind Osorio and Vazquez, TFC have a better chance of getting the victory.

Forward

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Giovinco missed last week’s match in New York after injuring himself in the Campeones Cup, and his status remains unclear. Altidore left the Red Bulls game with an injury of his own but I haven’t heard anything about his injury since then, so I’m assumimg that he’s good to go until I hear otherwise.