On Tuesday night Toronto FC will play what is undoubtedly the biggest match in their history (again), the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinal tie against Club América. Not the first time they have faced such pressure, Greg Vanney will need to field a side capable of both defending the tough América attack and counter-attacking in search of an important away goal.
For the match at the Azteca, I think it is safe to assume that Greg Vanney will use the 3-5-2 formation that has been kind to him so far in the competition.
Bono looked great last week, as the only goal he allowed in the match was a stunning solo goal by Andres Ibarguen. He made a few nice saves in that game as well, including a sliding save to deny Club America a second away goal.
Gregory van der Wiel, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta
There is not a lot of depth in the heart of the defence, as Nick Hagglund and Chris Mavinga will both be out for a while with injuries so we in all likelihood will see the exact same back three as last week at BMO Field.
Drew Moor’s days as a starter are numbered, as he gets increasingly shaky with each game he plays, but until Mavinga or Hagglund is fit, there isn’t another option to play in between van der Wiel and Zavaleta.
Auro, Nicolas Hasler, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan
As mentioned before, Toronto FC have some issues at the moment with regards to depth in defence. Justin Morrow was an unused substitute in leg one last Tuesday, and may not be ready yet to start a game, especially one of this magnitude. Ashtone Morgan has been incredible of late and was actually named the man of the match by Waking the Red readers in leg one.
Marky Delgado has been great for Toronto in recent weeks, but could be used as a sub in this one as Nicolas Hasler’s work ethic is second to none and is deserving of a start in my opinion. He could slot into a midfield trio with the captain, Michael Bradley, and Jonathan Osorio.
Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco
Simply put, these are the best two attack options on Toronto FC (in MLS?). Although not crucial, an away goal by the Reds would likely guarantee them a spot in the final, and these two will have to work together to get it.
Clint Irwin, Justin Morrow, Marky Delgado, Ager Aketxe, Victor Vazquez, Jordan Hamilton, Tosaint Ricketts