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Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against Orlando City SC

The Reds return home after a 2-0 win in Ottawa

MLS: Canadian Championship-Toronto FC at Ottawa Fury Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC are back at home this evening for a game with Orlando City SC.

After a big 2-0 win over Ottawa midweek in the Canadian Championship, in which 10 changes were made to the starting lineup (the other player was Justin Morrow, who is suspended today), The Reds should be rested and ready to get back on track against an Orlando side that sits just three points behind TFC in the Eastern Conference standings.


Quentin Westberg

Alex Bono finally got a chance to play on Wednesday night, and was really good. He made a bunch of key saves including one that denied a player on a breakaway, one of several highlight reel stops on the night. Greg Vanney has said publicly that Bono is going to be playing in all of the CanChamp games, so he’ll play next Wednesday, meaning that Vanney will almost certainly start Quentin Westberg in this one.


Ashtone Morgan, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Auro Jr.

Justin Morrow was sent off at the end of last weekend's match in New Jersey, so he is suspended for this one. Ashtone Morgan got some minutes in on Wednesday, and will start this game at left-back.

The other three defenders I have listed were all rested on Wednesday, so should be fresh after a week off.

Gonzalez/ Mavinga is the ideal centre-back pairing in my opinion, and both are fit and rested, so there's a good chance they start this one.


Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Erickson Gallardo, Nicolas Benezet, Alejandro Pozuelo

Erickson Gallardo made his debut for Toronto FC in Ottawa on Wednesday, and had a couple of bright moments in his limited minutes. I think he might start this one, or perhaps come on at halftime, to get some more minutes under his belt.

Nicolas Benezet didn't have the best game in Ottawa, but playing on artificial turf and playing with a completely different set of players from his debut were certainly factors. With regular starters, he'll be able to get familiar with his new teammates, so I think he'll start today to get back on track.

Both DP midfielders, Michael Bradley and Alejandro Pozuelo, were kept out of Wednesday's game to keep them fresh, so they'll likely start this one.

Marky Delgado played about an hour on Wednesday before being replaced by Jonathan Osorio. He was quite clearly missed against the Red Bulls last weekend, so I imagine he'll start in midfield alongside Michael Bradley.


Jozy Altidore

Patrick Mullins was used in Ottawa midweek, and was unable to find the back of the net despite having plenty of good chances. He kept curling shots around the back post, and on another day, might have had a hat trick.

Meanwhile, Jozy was back in Toronto to rest ahead of this game. He’ll almost certainly start this game, with Mullins likely playing in leg 2 of the Ottawa tie instead.

My full starting XI: