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Toronto FC are quietly making BMO Field something of a fortress. The Reds have won seven games in a row in all competitions on home turf, which has ensured that a four-game winless streak on the road has not proven too costly.
That run will be tested tonight when the New England Revolution visit Toronto three weeks after beating the Reds convincingly at Gillette Stadium. Jay Heaps’ side are a decidedly different team away from home, having failed to win an MLS game on their travels thus far this year, but they will smell blood on a Toronto side that fielded a number of key players in the first leg of its Canadian Championship final just 48 hours ago.
If there are a few weary pairs of legs in the TFC lineup, they will have to hope the momentum that they have established at home will carry them through. Toronto have not failed to score at BMO Field since their home opener against Sporting Kansas City in March, and have conceded more than one goal only once since early April. That’s a solid platform from which to earn points.
Since that last game in which they shipped two, against Minnesota United, TFC have been near enough perfect at home. Columbus were hammered 5-0. Ottawa started well, but were eventually soundly beaten by four. D.C. United were dispatched 2-0 as the Reds got back into the swing of things after the international break.
A couple more home wins over the next five days and Toronto will continue to lead MLS and have a first major trophy of the season under their belts in the form of the Voyageurs Cup. It will be more difficult than usual tonight with Jozy Altidore and Drew Moor unlikely to start and Michael Bradley missing entirely, but with consecutive away dates at FC Dallas, Orlando City and New York City looming Toronto could really do with extending this run a little longer.
TV channel & live stream
TV: TSN 2 (Canada), CSN, UniMas (USA)
Stream: TSN Go (Canada), MLS Live (out of market)
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto), 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England)
Nick Hagglund remains unavailable for Toronto but Tosaint Ricketts is expected to be available to play some part if required. Michael Bradley is suspended.
New England are without midfielder Xavier Kouassi, who has a quad strain.
Toronto: Bono; Zavaleta, Hernandez, Mavinga; Endoh, Cooper, Cheyrou, Vazquez, Morrow; Spencer, Giovinco.
New England: Cropper; Farrell, Angoua, Delamea, Tierney; Koffie, Caldwell; Nguyen, Rowe, Fagundez; Agudelo.