Tonight Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact square off with both pride, and potentially a spot in the playoffs, on the line.
With a pair of Canadian Championship matches coming up as well, this is a good chance for Greg Vanney's men to prepare for those two important games, as well as inch closer to the playoffs, if they can pick up a result in this one.
With Alex Bono locked into the starting job for the upcoming Canadian Championship final, Quentin Westberg will likely be starting the league games until then.
Richie Laryea, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow
This is the best backline that TFC have in my opinion. Auro has been getting some minutes recently, and has been playing well, so I also wouldn't be surprised to see him get the nod.
Justin Morrow left the last game at halftime, but isn't listed on the MLS Injury Report, so if he's good to go, I think he'll start. If not, Ashtone Morgan can step in, or Greg Vanney can use Auro at left back and Richie Laryea at right back, as he did recently.
Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Erickson Gallardo
Greg Vanney made the decision not to play either Nicolas Benezet or Erickson Gallardo in Columbus last weekend, not even taking them off the bench.
They could've used some extra firepower going forward, but between fatigue and Justin Morrow needing to come off at halftime, Greg Vanney had to use a couple of substitutions he wasn't planning to use. I think we'll see one of them (based on recent performances, I've gone with Gallardo), as I think Jonathan Osorio should take one of their spots after his decent game last week.
With this being a derby, the game might get a bit feisty, so TFC might opt for a bit more grit in midfield. With that in mind, I've gone for Marky Delgado and Michael Bradley in the base of midfield, as both have played in this fixture many times. Both have also been in decent form recently.
Altidore scored another important goal last weekend, stealing a point from Columbus with a late equalizer. He's now up to 10 goals in 16 games (12 starts) this season.
My full starting XI: