Well, this is going to be interesting.
According to Gareth Wheeler, Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vazquez, Steven Beitashour and Eriq Zavaleta have not travelled to Seattle for Toronto FC’s match against the Sounders on Saturday.
Will be a different looking #TFCLive starting XI tomorrow. Giovinco, Vazquez, Zavaleta and Beitashour didn't make the trip to Seattle.— Gareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) May 5, 2017
None of those players, as far as we are aware, are injured, so we can only assume they are being rested.
There was some speculation as to whether Vazquez could be rested given his past knee injuries, but his 65th-minute substitution against Orlando City seemed a sign that he would be involved again on the turf pitch at CenturyLink Field. Giovinco’s history on turf is well documented, but the expectation was that the Italian would have to play on it at one point or another this season.
Not so, apparently - at least for now.
Zavaleta has played every minute so far this season and Beitashour has sat out only one game due to concussion, so they are also likely candidates for a break. Given TFC’s current lack of depth at both positions, however, they also leave significant holes in the lineup.
Tsubasa Endoh and Marky Delgado will be candidates to take over from Beitashour, while Chris Mavinga would seem to be the likely beneficiary at centre-back. The new signing has not played since recovering from a quadriceps injury, though, and exactly how another left-back-turned-centre-back would fit into a back line already featuring Justin Morrow is questionable.
In midfield and attack expect Jonathan Osorio and Tosaint Ricketts to come in and Armando Cooper, too, if Delgado slides over to the right.
An already difficult proposition in Seattle, though, just got a lot tougher. To compound matters, Jordan Morris, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall and Roman Torres all look to be good to go for the Sounders.