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TFC to host Puerto Rico Islanders in CCL prelim

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

After the disappointment of Saturday, Toronto FC are back at BMO Field Wednesday to face the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifier.

TFC will be without defender Nana Attakora again, while Amado Guevara and Adrian Serioux are questionable after picking up knocks in the Columbus game.

On a more positive note for TFC, young midfielder Sam Cronin will be available for selection after returning from the Gold Cup.

As hosts of the first leg, Toronto will want to get a win–preferably by a goal or more, and ideally by a shutout. After this match, Toronto will head to New England to face the Revs on Saturday for their next MLS game.

Predictions and notes:

  • The injuries to both Adrian Serioux and Nana Attakora could see Marco Velez start.
  • With Amado Guevara also questionable with an injury, the return of Sam Cronin could see him starting the match.
  • TFC will have to shake off the psychological hurdle of a very disappointing previous match.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 70%. A draw: 80%
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 2, Puerto Rico 1

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