TORONTO, Canada—As if Tuesday night’s opening leg match against Cruz Azul—who are currently in first place overall in Liga MX—wasn’t a sizable task enough, Toronto FC will have to make it through the opening 90 minutes without the reigning MVP Alejandro Pozuelo as well as arguably their MVP so far this season Richie Laryea.
According to OneSoccer’s Oliver Platt, both Laryea and Pozuelo were left off Toronto FC’s 23-man match roster vs. Cruz Azul, along with a few other names.
- Richie Laryea (suspension)
- Alejandro Pozuelo (right thigh)
- Liam Fraser (left ankle)
- Erickson Gallardo (right groin)
- Achara (ACL/LCL)
- Julian Dunn (hip)
- Jordan Perruzza (undisclosed)
For context, clubs must provide their 23-player final match roster (with a minimum of 18) to Concacaf no later than 44 hours prior to each match kickoff.
Pozuelo (right thigh) has missed every one of the Reds’ first four games so far this year after picking up an injury in preseason action vs. the Columbus Crew SC. Laryea, meanwhile, is not eligible to partake in Tuesday’s match due to suspension as a result of yellow card accumulation.
Any player who accumulates two single yellow cards in two different matches in the competition is suspended for the following match. All single yellow cards will be eliminated after the completion of the quarter-final round.
Other Toronto FC players on a yellow card include Mark Delgado, Michael Bradley, and Ralph Priso. They’ll have to be careful not to pick up another one as that would force them to miss the second leg.
The positive takeaway from the latest injury report is that Chris Mavinga (left calf) looks like he’ll be available in some capacity for TFC for the first time this season. The centre-back was close to returning in Saturday’s match according to Armas but never did make the squad.
TFC are the “hosts” in the first leg and will play this game at an undetermined location in Florida. Kickoff is set for 10:00 pm EST on Tuesday, April 27, with OneSoccer airing this match along with all the other CCL quarter-final ties.
Since January 17, 2021, Cruz Azul have gone 14 matches unbeaten in the Clausura, and have won 13 of those 14 games.
The second leg is scheduled for May 4 at the legendary Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.