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Kansas City look to return to winning ways against Toronto tonight

Photo: Laurence Horton

Toronto FC travel to Sporting Park to take on a Sporting Kansas City side who have lost their last two MLS games in what should be an exciting contest.

Toronto ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls last Saturday and will want to build on that with another strong showing.

Jermain Defoe grabbed his fourth goal for the Reds in the victory and he will be crucial once more as Toronto will look to climb up the Eastern Conference from seventh spot.

Kansas City have lost their last two games 2-1 to Philadelphia and Chicago, but will hope their recent form against Toronto will continue.

They have won five of their last six against the Reds and have not lost to Toronto in Kansas City since 2009.

Dom Dwyer will be vital again, as he is now on eight goals for the season, and is proving to be a constant threat for SKC.

It will be interesting to watch Dwyer and Defoe at either end, two English goalscorers carrying their teams at the moment.

Jermain Defoe will start up front, but it will also be interesting to see who Ryan Nelsen partners him with, as Luke Moore came off the bench to score on his MLS debut for the Reds last week, and Gilberto is still yet to score.

(Photo: Defoe will want to continue his impressive goalscoring record since joining Toronto)

A Toronto win would move them two points behind third-placed Sporting, with three games in hand and would be a major blow to Kansas City who need to get the wheels turning once more.

Expect goals in this one, as both sides will look to attack, though Kansas City will dominate possession throughout with Toronto looking to counter as they did last week against the Red Bulls.

Key player: Jermain Defoe – The former-Spurs striker is lethal in front of goal, and will look to punish a Sporting side that’s missing their defensive leader in Matt Besler.

Key stat: Kansas City have won their last five home matches against Toronto FC in all competitions.

Prediction: 2-2 – Should be an entertaining contest but both sides are missing key players, with the likes of Graham Zusi and Michael Bradley both with the USMNT, and a draw looks to be on the cards as neither will want to lose this one.

 

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About Louis East (1175 Articles)
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1 Comment on Kansas City look to return to winning ways against Toronto tonight

  1. Lost in the writeup is SKC’s depleted CB situation… All 5 CBs we started the season with are out due to Nat’l duty (Besler / Olum), injury (Collin / Opara) or suspension (Palmer-Brown). Defoe is likely drooling at the opportunity of shredding the make shift line.

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