Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: BMO Field – Friday, March 31 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – SKC 16/5
Toronto welcome Sporting Kansas City to BMO Field on Friday night in what will be their first home game of the season. It’s the second season in a row the TFC faithful have had to wait for their home campaign to get underway, so there will certainly be a buzz around the place.
Greg Vanney’s side have started the 2017 regular season in impressive form considering all their games have been away and they remain unbeaten.
Toronto come into this one having won 2-0 at Vancouver. Their hard work was rewarded late on as they scored twice in the space of four minutes, something their opponents are going to have to be aware of this season as they showed great desire to push on for a win when many would have settled for a draw on the road.
Sporting Kansas City have the exact same form as Toronto coming into this game, drawing twice and winning once. They sit 5th in the Western Conference.
Despite not losing so far this season there are concerns around SKC’s offence, as they have scored just twice in three games. They are going to have to show great defensive resilience if that is to be a feature of their style of play throughout the campaign.
Peter Vermes will be feeling confident of facing Toronto as SKC have had a great run of form against the Eastern Conference side over the last four years. They’re unbeaten in seven games and have won six, all in Major League Soccer. However, previous form against Toronto will not guarantee they will come away with points
Toronto are hopeful that talisman Sebastian Giovinco will be ready to take part in this one following his injury lay off. Ashtone Morgan remains out. Both Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are returning from international duty, the duo may feel a little less fresh than the rest of the squad having played as recently as Tuesday for USMNT.
Sporting Kansas City are expecting Diego Rubio to remain out, while Saad Abdul-Salaam, Cameron Iwasa and Erik Palmer-Brown are all questionable. There are concerns over Benny Feilhaber, who is reported to be carrying a leg injury, he would be a huge miss for SKC.
Toronto’s form: D/D/W
Sporting Kansas City’s form: D/D/W
Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have not lost to Toronto in their last seven games, winning six.
Key Player: Justin Morrow – Morrow has been impressive so far this season. He has been an integral part of a Toronto defence that has conceded just two goals in three games and is capable of popping up with an important goal, as he’s already shown early on this term.
Toronto FC 1-1 Sporting Kansas City – The points look set to be shared here. Both sides have looked incredibly tight defensively and will not look to leave themselves open at the back. SKC would take a point away from home but know they are facing up to a Toronto side who will be going all out to give their fans something to cheer about in their home opener. We see this ending in a draw with Sporting Kansas City set to continue their unbeaten run.