On Saturday, Toronto FC host Alphonso Davies and the Vancouver Whitecaps at BMO Field for the final time this season. In what will be Davies’ last game in Toronto for the Whitecaps before his big move to Bayern Munich, this match has plenty of promise to be an attacking affair, as it features a plethora of talented offensive threats on either side.
Greg Vanney’s side managed to keep their playoff hopes alive with their 4-1 victory last time out, but they still face an uphill battle. The loss of Jozy Altidore is a big one for TFC, but Lucas Janson looked great last week and will hopefully be able to continue that fine form into this match.
I think that Greg Vanney will use the same formation (and a similar lineup) that he used against New England, the 3-5-2, as it was pretty close to TFC’s best possible 11.
Bono was bailed out by the woodwork a couple of times last week but also made a few nice saves on his way to the victory against New England. Although not his best performance, Bono got the job done and should be between the sticks again on Saturday.
Gregory van der Wiel, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow
This back three from the game against the Revolution was helped by Michael Bradley quite a bit in the 4-1 win, and looked a bit shaky at times, especially in the opening 15 minutes of the first half. A few botched clearances mixed with a comedy of errors led to the first goal of the game and really sucked the life out of BMO Field until Sebastian Giovinco’s wonderful strike evened things up.
Auro, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio
As mentioned before, Michael Bradley spent a lot of the match among the defenders against the Revs, almost turning the lineup into a 4-4-2 instead of a 3-5-2. Van der Wiel and Morrow on either side often ventured up the pitch, forcing Bradley to drop back and help out Chris Mavinga.
Marky Delgado also got his first goal in a while in that game, heading home a late insurance goal in the 81st minute.
Sebastian Giovinco, Lucas Janson
After Jozy Altidore exited the last match in just the 18th minute, Lucas Janson came in and really changed the game for the better. He had a goal, had another disallowed, and hit the post in a match where he probably should have scored 4 or 5. In my opinion, Janson deserves to have his loan made permanent, as he looks more than capable in attack.
Sebastian Giovinco scored a stunning equalizer in the late stages of the first half against the Revs, starting up the TFC comeback and eventual win. To make his confidence even higher, Giovinco was called into the Italian national team on Friday for the first time since 2015. Grande Seba!