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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, July 2 – 00:30 BST (19:30 EDT)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Seattle Sounders 15/4

Match Preview

Toronto FC host fellow playoff hopefuls Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, with both sides in desperate need of a win to get their seasons back on track at the halfway point.

Toronto have one win in their last six and have struggled without midfield leader Michael Bradley, who was away on international duty, as well as Jozy Altidore who is out injured.

It has been a tough few weeks for the Canadian side and their hopes lie firmly on the form of star man Sebastian Giovinco, who incidentally has not been playing his best football of late.

 

They will hope to get back on track with a home win here though, particularly given Seattle’s struggles this term.

Seattle Sounders have been the most disappointing side of the season for us as they have fallen far from the heights of their Supporters’ Shield win in 2014. They enter the weekend in ninth place in the Western Conference and are underperforming massively.

They have endured a torrid time over the last six games, winning just once and losing five times, leaving them a remarkable seven points off sixth-placed Portland Timbers.

Seattle Sounders team

One attributable cause to their poor form could be the loss of Clint Dempsey, as he has been away at the Copa America Centenario with the USMNT.  However, Sigi Schmid will know his squad are capable of much better, regardless.

Both sides need a win so this should be an entertaining game between two sides that have top quality attacking players.

Team News

Toronto FC are without key first team players Jozy Altidore, Daniel Lovitz, Ashtone Morgan and Clint Irwin who are all out injured. Michael Bradley is a doubt.

Seattle Sounders are only missing Roman Torres, who is out with an ACL tear.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/D/L/W/L

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: Faltering – Seattle Sounders have lost five of their last six matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The ‘Atomic Ant’ is usually the main man, whoever Toronto play. The Italian playmaker was last year’s MVP and is easily the best player in the league. Expect him to be the difference on Saturday night, despite a fairly poor run of games of late.

Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 2016

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 1-0 Seattle Sounders – It’s been tough recently for both sides as they have struggled with key players away on international duty. Both would have expected to make the playoffs this season and need to ensure they improve over the second-half of the campaign. We see Toronto just edging it, with home field advantage set to guide them to a narrow victory.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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