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Game thread: Toronto FC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Two battered sides do battle in Vancouver.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

90’ Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Toronto FC — We’re level! Nick DeLeon gets TFC on the board just in the nick of time and this hasn’t all been a waste of time.

84’ Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Toronto FC — The Whitecaps win a penalty late in the match, and Fredy Montero converts. Ugh.

76’ — Terrence Boyd’s night is mercifully over. Jordan Hamilton comes in to replace him after a night to forget for Boyd.

70’ — NOTHING IS CONTINUING TO HAPPEN

HT — nothing is happening...

32’ — Uh oh. Chris Mavinga picks up an injury, and Eriq Zavaleta is coming in to replace him.

7’ — Liam Fraser rules

1’ — We’re off!

Lineups

Preview

Toronto FC are out on the Pacific coast tonight to visit the Vancouver Whitecaps in an all-Canadian MLS clash.

The Reds could very much use a win here, having not won a match since May 4 in Orlando. Since then, they’ve gone 0-4-1, most recently losing 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes. TFC have scored just two goals in that stretch, as well.

So, this is when they need to offence to reignite. Alejandro Pozuelo will be returning from his suspension, and hopefully Jozy Altidore’s had a bit more time to work through his injury. Unfortunately, the status of Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, and Auro is unknown, so any or all of those guys could be out of the lineup.

The Whitecaps are an interesting team this year, currently sitting ninth in the Western Conference in the first year of Marc Dos Santos’ tenure as head coach. They’re coming off a 2-1 win over FC Dallas last weekend, which followed consecutive draws with Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls.

Vancouver has had four goals and two assists this year from Fredy Montero, but the story for them has been their backline. Doneil Henry has been all-star calibre, although unfortunately it looks like he’s injured for this one. Ali Adnan has been fantastic as well.

This is a game that TFC absolutely need to win, but it won’t be an easy one.

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: As mentioned above, all of Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, and Auro Jr. are listed as questionable tonight. No idea how close they are to playing, but it’s hard to imagine Bradley will be kept out again.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Lots of injuries. Michael Baldisimo, Jasser Khmiri, Yordy Reyna, David Norman Jr., Lass Bangoura, and Doneil Henry are all going to miss out tonight, and Ali Adnan may as well, although it sounds like he should be alright to play.

Pregame reading

Toronto FC Prediction League 2019: Round 16 (@ Vancouver)

Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the Whitecaps

Know the enemy - Toronto FC (Eighty Six Forever)

How to watch

Match date/time: Friday, May 31, 10 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 1 & 4
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto), TSN 1040 - 1410 (Vancouver)