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Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the Seattle Sounders

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Who will Greg Vanney select in the rematch of last year’s MLS Cup Final?

MLS: MLS CUP-Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, Toronto FC host the Seattle Sounders at BMO Field in what is the first match between the two since the 2017 MLS Cup Final. In what promises to be a passionate affair, as Seattle will be hoping to get revenge for the final, TFC will be missing some of the important players from the final through injury. Justin Morrow, Chris Mavinga and Jozy Altidore are all dealing with injuries, and will be unavailable for this one.

Greg Vanney could have a dilemma while picking his side for this match, but I imagine that he will go with the same lineup as the one used against Philadelpia last week, in a kind of 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation.

Goalkeeper

Alex Bono

The indisputable number one keeper for Toronto FC, Bono has gained some international attention recently, as reports have emerged that top Belgian side Club Brugge are interested in acquiring the American. It was only a matter of time before he gained some European suitors, who have surely seen some of his match-saving stops.

Defence

Auro, Gregory van der Wiel, Michael Bradley, Ashtone Morgan

This is the same back four as last week against Philadelphia. The main problem I have with this back four is the inclusion of Michael Bradley. It is clear that Bradley is not a natural centre-back, but with the news today that some defenders may be returning from injury in the coming days, this could be the last we see of him this season in that backline role.

Midfield

Marky Delgado, Nicolas Hasler, Ager Aketxe, Victor Vazquez, Jonathan Osorio

As mentioned above, Michael Bradley could be set to join the midfield again soon, as multiple centre-backs could be making a return from injury later this week, meaning that there will be fierce competition to keep a spot in the midfield. Hasler seems the likely one to lose his starting role, although Aketxe could be sent back to the bench following an up-and-down start to the season.

Osorio and Vazquez have both been in good scoring form recently and have looked dangerous in the appearances that they have made so far. Osorio has looked especially good after a down 2017, leading some fans to pose the question: can he score 20 goals this year? He has already won the Golden Boot for his efforts in the Champions League, and has a goal in MLS against the Chicago Fire.

Forward

Sebastian Giovinco

Seba finally got his goal against Philadelphia, opening his MLS account with a strike across the face of goal that managed to beat Andre Blake. He has been Toronto FC’s MVP this season without a doubt, as he is showing shades of his 2015 self.