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New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC: TV channel, live stream, team news & lineups

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The Reds have bounced back from every loss so far this season with a win.

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The game

Coming off perhaps their worst performance of the season, Toronto FC return to the scene of another contender for that title this evening: the New England Revolution’s Gillette Stadium.

Toronto lost 3-0 here back in early June. They were dealing with a couple key absences that day in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley and will do so again this weekend, with Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco just the start of the list of players unlikely to feature.

Victor Vazquez, at least, should play after illness and Tosaint Ricketts is a man in form having netted four goals in two games.

Kick-off: 5 p.m. ET

Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

The question

Can Toronto win the Supporters’ Shield?

The Reds do not quite have it in their grasp as of Saturday morning but if New York City FC fail to beat the Houston Dynamo in the afternoon, a Toronto win will wrap up the regular-season title.

If NYCFC win, Toronto will have to wait no matter what happens in their match. If they don’t, only a victory will do the job for Greg Vanney’s men. More on that here.

The matchup

The player Toronto really struggled with in this match earlier in the year was left winger Diego Fagundez.

There’s a challenge for Eriq Zavaleta, who had a nightmare against Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.

Zavaleta is one of the best one-on-one defenders in MLS and has fared very well against some of the top players on his flank in the league over the course of the 2017 season, but the way Toronto’s shape broke down back in June left him powerless to resist the Uruguayan.

There’s a chance Zavaleta is given a rest after Wednesday’s horror show but I have a feeling Vanney may give him the opportunity to go straight back in and bounce back - especially given he exerted himself less than expected due to his early substitution against the Impact.

The opposition view

Revolution left-back Chris Tierney says his team will be fired up and not simply let their season trickle out to a close:

“They’re the best team in the league,” Tierney said of TFC. “They have depth in the squad, they’ve been rotating their team successfully all year, so it’s hard to get an idea of what they’re going to bring.

“But this game is going to be completely about us. We’re playing the best opposition in the league, but if we approach this game properly and give a response that’s deserving of this situation, then we should be able to get a result.”

Pre-match reading

Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the New England Revolution

How Toronto FC can win the Supporters’ Shield on Saturday

Toronto FC’s humbling by the Montreal Impact not a reason to panic

TV channel & live stream

TV: TSN 1, 3 & 4 (Canada), CSN (New England)

Stream: TSN Go (English), (New England), MLS Live (out of market)

Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto), 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England)

Team news

Toronto look set to continue to be without Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, while Chris Mavinga is in line for a rest.

Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund have both stepped up their recoveries from injury but are not likely to make an appearance before the next international break.

New England will be without Krisztian Nemeth, who is suspended.

The Revs say Kelyn Rowe is making “steady progress” in his recovery from a knee sprain but he is unlikely to feature here, while Lee Nguyen is listed as questionable.

Confirmed lineups

New England: Cropper; Angoua, Dielna, Delamea, Tierney; Koffie, Caldwell; Bunbury, Agudelo, Fagundez; Kamara.

Subs: Knighton, Femi, Kobayashi, Farrell, Watson, Kouassi, Nguyen.

Toronto: Irwin; Beitashour, Moor, Morrow; Hasler, Delgado, Bradley, Osorio, Edwards; Vazquez; Ricketts.

Subs: Bono, Alseth, Endoh, Cooper, Chapman, Spencer, Hamilton.