With everyone back from the Gold Cup now, and two new signings in the mix, Toronto FC might finally be able to play their best possible lineup, or something close to it.
After the recent additions of Omar Gonzalez and Erickson Gallardo, Toronto FC's lineup has received the much-needed upgrades to its defense and wings. Both are available to play in this one, so I've included them in my starting lineup for tonight's game against the Montreal Impact.
Stop me if you've heard this before: I think Alex Bono needs some minutes. He hasn't played in two months, and needs to see some game action. Quentin Westberg has been good in goal, and I think he starts this game because it's a big match against not only a fierce rival, but also against a team higher in the standings.
Surely Bono has to play eventually, right?
Justin Morrow, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea
The first of two new names in this lineup prediction, centre-back Omar Gonzalez, might finally make his Toronto FC debut on Saturday. Although he signed quite some time ago, Gonzalez was away with the United States at the Gold Cup, and also had to wait until the opening of the MLS transfer window to join his new teammates.
I considered putting Laurent Ciman in there because of his history with the Impact, and his experiences playing in this derby, but I think he'd be more likely to come off the bench at some point in this game, now that Gonzalez is around.
Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio, Erickson Gallardo
Michael Bradley is another player back from the Gold Cup this week. Jonathan Osorio was back for, and started, TFC's loss to the LA Galaxy on July 4th, and Liam Fraser started in Bradley's place.
Fraser was Toronto FC's best player during the games with Gold Cup absences in my opinion, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of him as the season goes on.
I also think that winger Erickson Gallardo will make his Toronto FC debut, and that he'll play on the left, with Nick DeLeon on the right.
Altidore is one of the aforementioned players returning from the Gold Cup. He played well throughout the tournament, and will try to continue that form with TFC. New acquisition Patrick Mullins could also make an appearance at some point, but I think Jozy gets the start.
My full starting XI: