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Reds host D.C. United at BMO Field

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a disappointing few weeks with CCL, MLS and friendly matches TFC got themselves a week off to get back on track. Around the TFC camp there is a serious tone with only one target, and that being the MLS play-offs. TFC will host D.C. United at BMO Field for a very important Eastern Conference clash with a much needed victory for either team.

Toronto drew DC earlier this season away from home with a score of 3-3 and will look to get the win at home this time around.

Following a few changes on the TFC roster, the team will have a different feel going into the final stretch of games.

Chad Barrett will not be on the roster for this match due to suspension, and Marvel Wynne will be out with an injury. While Nick Garcia is doubtful and will be a last minute decision alongside Amado Guevara who has just returned from international duty and maybe fatigued.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are one point behind third placed D.C. United and nine points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. TFC currently holds the 8th and last play-off spot going into the weekend. The Eastern Conference is very tight  at the moment and every game is crucial for all teams.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

D.C. United(6-4-10):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Away)= 4-3 Loss
vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Away)= 2-2 Draw
vs. Colorado Rapids (Home)= 3-1 Win

Toronto FC (7-7-6):
vs. New England Revolution (Away)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Columbus Crew (Away)= 3-2 Loss
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-1 Draw

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • The team will see many changes as Coach Chris Cummins himself said he will “freshen things up with a few changes.”
  • Marvel is out with injury and Nick Garcia is doubtful for the game.
  • Nana Attakora will make his return from injury, and Lesly Fellinga will possibly make his TFC debut. Yet it is more likely that Emmanuel Gomez will see the start ahead of him.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Adrian Serioux,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson. FW: O’Brian White, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba.
  • Yet with the looks of thing the line-up could be anyone’s guess.
  • The TFC camp has a serious tone and will go into this game very strongly as they push for a play-off spot.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 45%, a draw at 35%, and a loss at  20%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC WIN,  Toronto FC 2 – New England Revolution 1.

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