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Predicting Toronto FC's lineup against D.C. United

The Reds return to BMO Field looking for a second consecutive win

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night Toronto FC host D.C. United in MLS action, and are hoping to win consecutive matches for the first time this season. D.C. United, currently last place in the Eastern Conference, are still in single-digits in points, with 9 through 11 matches this season, and will be hoping to claim an away point against a Toronto FC side still battling with plenty of injuries.

For this match I think Greg Vanney will use a 4-3-3 formation similar to what he used against Philadelphia.


Alex Bono

Bono was back to his old tricks against the Union, making multiple important saves at times of crisis. His best save on the day might have been the one when he was in a 1v1 situation with an attacker and managed to get himself low enough to block the ball from being rolled underneath him.


Gregory van der Wiel, Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Nicolas Hasler

Ah, it sure is nice to write one of these lineup predictions and not have to rant about Michael Bradley playing centre-back.

With Bradley's return to the midfield, both Jason Hernandez and Nick Hagglund were given opportunities to start against the Union. Other than being exposed a couple of times due to their lack of speed, the duo were solid, making an abundance of important tackles and clearances thoughout the match.

The reason I have picked Zavaleta for this match over Hernandez is because of his physical presence. Zavaleta is stronger than Hernandez, especially in the air. Hernandez is a strong leadership presence at the back, a potential reason to start him instead, but Zavaleta is the more talented option.

Nicolas Hasler was forced to step into the left back spot, and didn't miss a beat. He served up some crosses and ran at defenders with a lot of confidence. If he can replicate that performance, I can see him playing there regularly until Justin Morrow and Ashtone Morgan get back from injury.


Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Auro

As soon as Michael Bradley re-entered the midfield, the whole team was more organized and more confident. Both Bradley and Victor Vazquez were spraying passes all over the pitch, something that they lacked when Bradley was stuck in defense.

Jonathan Osorio was the hero last time out, as his two goals were the only two scored on the night, helping him earn himself a spot on the MLS team of the week.


Victor Vazquez, Sebastian Giovinco, Tosaint Ricketts

Victor Vazquez was incredible against the Union, and looked high on confidence. His passing looked sharp and it was his perfect pass to Jonathan Osorio that set up that opening.

Giovinco was held off the scoresheet against Philly but as his teammates gained confidence, so did he, and he looked dangerous when running with the ball.

Tosaint Ricketts has incredible speed, something that terrorizes all defences, but especially a DC backline that lacks a speedy centre back. Ricketts would be able to exploit that and hopefully create some goalscoring.opportunities.