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TFC heads to Puerto Rico for the second leg of CCL prelim

Posted on 04 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a decent performance on Saturday’s draw at New England, Toronto FC travel to Puerto Rico to face the Puerto Rico Islanders on Tuesday in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round.

TFC continue to have a few players questionable for play such as defender Nana Attakora, and midfielder Amado Guevara. On the other hand they will have their young players to choose from with the likes of Amadou Sanyang and Emmanuel Gomez impressing coach Chris Cummins.

After being the hosts of the first leg and falling 1-0 to Puerto Rico, Toronto have no choice but to win and score at least two goals to advance to the next round. This will be a difficult, yet not insurmountable task as TFC tends to perform well when called upon away from home.

Following Tuesday’s match  Toronto FC will head home to face off against Real Madrid at BMO Field on Friday for their second international friendly of the season.  BMO Field will be blessed with grass for the game!

Predictions and notes:

  • Following Saturday’s performance it is hard to imagine many changes to the line-up for this match.
  • The only thing that may influence a change in the line-up is Amado Guevara’s fitness. If he is able to play he may see the start ahead of Barrett.
  • TFC will take a somewhat positive performance from Saturday to help boost their confidence  and attempt to achieve a result in Puerto Rico.
  • The odds of the win are in favor of the team who scores first.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC a win at 45%, a draw at 15%, and a loss at  40%.
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 3, Puerto Rico 1

4 Comments For This Post

  1. slknowles Says:

    They don't have to score two goals. They only have to score one goal and keep a clean sheet for 120 minutes. Then, it would go to penalties …

  2. Mahmoud Shoblaq Says:

    Obviously, but who wants it to go to penalties… then it comes down to luck and that is never good.

    They should score two goals and win … they can concede one if they would like… they will still win through away goals…

  3. Alan Says:

    Anyone know where to watch the game? GOL TV is not broadcasting as promised.

  4. Mahmoud Shoblaq Says:

    probably too late now… but it was broadcasted on GOL TV Canada….

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