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Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the LA Galaxy

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Who should start on Wednesday night?

MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, Toronto FC are in Carson, California for a game with the LA Galaxy.

Coming off a pair of positive results, Toronto FC will try to extend their unbeaten streak against an LA Galaxy side who sit second in the Western Conference.

Drew Moor is the only player listed on the injured list for Toronto FC, and is listed as “out” with a hamstring strain.

The players who were with the Canadian team at the Gold Cup are likely back in the fold following their exit from the tournament, but I’m not sure how ready they’ll be to play again, so I’ve left them out of my starting lineup. I think they may sit this one out and get ready for when Toronto FC next play, on July 13th in Montreal.


Goalkeeper

Quentin Westberg

At this point, it seems like Alex Bono can’t even buy himself a start. Quentin Westberg has been excellent of late, which is surely a factor in why Bono hasn’t started in nearly two months, but he’s bound to get a start eventually.

Defenders

Richie Laryea, Laurent Ciman, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow

Although Auro is no longer listed on the injury report for TFC, I think Richie Laryea gets the start on Wednesday. Laryea has been excellent recently, so I think Greg Vanney should keep starting him until that wears off. If he's ready, I can see Auro getting some minutes in this one, but like the Canadian players mentioned above, Vanney may opt to rest them and have them fully ready for the Montreal game.

TFC's centre-backs have struggled more than their full backs in recent times, so I think Chris Mavinga will start if he's able to. Liam Fraser played defence in the last game, which isn't ideal, and Julian Dunn was on the bench due to the lack of available defenders.

If Chris Mavinga or Eriq Zavaleta are ready, they'll probably line up beside Laurent Ciman.

Midfielders

Liam Fraser, Tsubasa Endoh, Jacob Shaffelburg, Nick DeLeon, Jay Chapman

All five of these players started against D.C. United, although Fraser started at centre-back instead of at the base of midfield where he appears to be most comfortable.

Everyone in this group has benefited from getting extended minutes during the Gold Cup, and not everyone will get those same minutes after the players return, so they'll all be hoping to make a good impression in this match.

Forward

Alejandro Pozuelo

Vanney has used Pozuelo as a striker in the last few matches, to the surprise of many, but he hasn’t looked too out of place. He scored a brace against Atlanta, one of which was the game-winning penalty, and has looked dangerous in attack at times. Personally, I’d prefer to see Jordan Hamilton up top and Pozuelo in midfield, but as a temporary solution, it hasn’t been too bad.


My full starting XI:

Graphics: Jeffrey P. Nesker / Photos: Toronto FC