Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake

BMO Field – Friday, March 30 2018 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)

Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake: Preview

The current MLS Cup holders Toronto FC are looking to pick up their first points of the 2018 season as they welcome Real Salt Lake to BMO Field on Friday evening.

It has not been a good start to the new campaign for Toronto, domestically that is, as they have lost their first two. However, before the alarm bells start ringing around the club, their success in reaching the Concacaf Champions League semifinals (this coming Tuesday) against Club America is partly the reason why.

With that said, they cannot afford to allow a winless streak to set in. They sit bottom of the East, already ten points behind the leaders, although that is with two games in hand.

Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake: TFC fans hoping for first win of 2018 season

The bye week wasn’t exactly kind to Greg Vanney’s thoughts, eight of his squad were in International action and with the games coming thick and fast, he will be keeping a close eye on his players and their intensity levels.

Real Salt Lake visit BMO Field having experienced all three ups and downs at the opening of this season. They have played three games picking up four points (1-1-1). They will be aiming to find some consistency in their quest to be making the playoffs this season.

Their well-disciplined performance to pick up a 1-0 win against RBNY last time out was exactly what their fans wanted to see.

RSL haven’t enjoyed the best form in their away trips to Toronto, having won just one of four meetings between the sides. Away form is a concern for Real Salt Lake too, they have lost 22 games and conceded 72 goals since the start of the 2016 season. That is the third-worst record on the road in MLS during that time span.

Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake: Team News

Toronto FC

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Justin Morrow (calf strain) and Chris Mavinga (abdominal discomfort).

🚑 Out: None.

Real Salt Lake

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Aaron Herrera (groin), Marcelo Silva (hamstring) and Joao Plata (hamstring).

🚑 Out: Tony Beltran (right knee surgery), Jordan Allen (knee) and Taylor Peay (knee).

Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake: Key Stats

Toronto FC’s MLS form: L/L

Real Salt Lake’s MLS form: D/L/W

Key stat: Toronto will become the first defending champion to start the following season with three straight defeats if they lose this game.

Toronto FC vs Real Salt Lake: Prediction

Toronto FC 2-1 Real Salt Lake: It has the makings of a close game all things considered. TFC will have more than a close eye on their semifinal next week heading into this one. That is by no means through a lack of respect for RSL – just the nature of knockout competitions. Salt Lake will see this as a tie that they can pick up points from. However, the TFC faithful will be expecting their side to get their first win of the season.

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Toronto gets revenge over Sounders to complete historic treble – Exclusive photos from the 2017 MLS Cup Final

For the first time in MLS history, a Canadian side has won the MLS Cup. Toronto FC claimed the 2017 MLS Cup Final with a 2-0 win over Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, completing a historic treble after an almost faultless year. They have been the best team by a margin this year and have now been rewarded with their first MLS Cup title.

They dominated the game from start to finish but could not get past Stefan Frei, as the game started to feel like a repeat of the 2016 Final in which Seattle stunned the hosts on penalties.

But after 66 minutes, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore took the game by the scruff of the neck and broke Seattle’s resolve. Giovinco’s pass put Altidore through and the powerful striker coolly finished past the once again excellent Frei.

The goal woke the Sounders up but not enough as Toronto withstood the late pressure and then sealed the win with a stoppage time tap-in from Victor Vazquez. That goal sent BMO Field into raptures as they knew a decade’s worth of pain was over. They’d got revenge. They’d won the title. And they have probably earned the tag as the ‘greatest MLS side of all time’.

Check out exclusive photos from the 2017 MLS Cup Final below, courtesy of Jil Hendershot.

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2017 MLS Cup Final Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

2017 MLS Cup Final: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

BMO Field – Saturday, December 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/5 – Draw 23/10 – Seattle 7/2

2017 MLS Cup Final – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders: Preview

Here we go again! Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders. It’s the same MLS Cup Final matchup for the second-straight season. And just like last year, the two sides will battle it out at Toronto’s BMO Field to be crowned 2017 Major League Soccer champion.

For the past two seasons, Toronto and Seattle have been the league’s best two sides. So it makes sense that both have made back-to-back MLS Cup Finals. For Seattle, it’s about defending their cup. For Toronto, it’s about revenge.

Seattle Sounders celebrate winning the 2016 MLS Cup Final in Toronto. (Photo: Denise McCooey)

This will be just the third MLS Cup rematch in league history. The previous two occasions saw the same side win both finals – Houston Dynamo over New England in 2006 & 2007 and LA Galaxy over Houston Dynamo in 2011 & 2012. But the Seattle Sounders come into Saturday’s final as underdogs once again.

Toronto have had one of, if not the greatest, MLS seasons ever. They convincingly ran away with the Supporters’ Shield. They won the Canadian Championship. Now they just need to go one better than they did last year to become the first side to win a treble, which would surely guarantee the Toronto 2017 team’s status as ‘the greatest MLS side ever’.

They’ve not had an easy playoff route to this year’s showpiece event though. They narrowly edged past the Red Bulls on the away goals rule before beating Columbus 1-0 on aggregate after a nervy two-legged Eastern Conference Final.

But what matters more than anything for the hosts is that they have the chance to put last year’s miserable penalty shootout lost right. They wouldn’t have wanted any other MLS Cup opponent than the Sounders. Form tends to go out the window in these games so it’s all about Toronto handling the occasion.

The Seattle Sounders didn’t have the most impressive of regular season campaigns but did come good when it mattered most once again: Down the stretch. They’ve kept momentum going – just as they did last year – and have been exceptional in the playoffs.

A 2-0 aggregate win over Vancouver was followed up by a 5-0 aggregate win over Houston to claim the Western Conference Championship for the second successive year. They have added well to the squad that won last year’s final. The likes of Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez will be looking to continue their impressive form in Saturday’s showdown.

But it’s the return of Clint Dempsey that’s making all the headlines. The US soccer legend was ruled out of last year’s run to glory with a heart problem that was eventually cleared. Now he’s back and hungry to be a part of his team’s success.

Toronto FC have their own weapons. Like last year, the focus will be on Designated Players Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley. But Victor Vazquez has been incredibly good in his debut campaign and will look to provide the spark that was missing in last year’s final.

These two sides have only met once since last year’s showpiece event. That came back in May as Toronto ran out 1-0 winners at CenturyLink Field, courtesy of an early Altidore penalty. But Toronto haven’t recorded a home win over the Sounders for over seven years, with their last victory coming back in April 2010.

2017 MLS Cup Final – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders: Team News

Toronto FC’s only injury concern ahead of Saturday’s final is Jozy Altidore. The striker was hurt in the second-half of the Conference Final win over Columbus but fought on to score the decisive goal. He won’t let an ankle problem keep him out of a game like this either.

Seattle Sounders will definitely be without Brad Evans as the defender is still sidelined with that back problem. Osvaldo Alonso has also been ruled out just a couple of days before the final in what is a blow for the defending champions. However, they’ve coped well without him over the past three months and will hope to continue.

2017 MLS Cup Final – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/W/L/D/W

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

Key Stat: Shutout – The Sounders have kept up their reputation of being almost impossible to breakdown in playoff football. They’ve kept four-straight clean sheets in this year’s playoffs and haven’t conceded in the postseason in six consecutive games, including last year’s final win at Toronto.

Key Player: Victor Vazquez – Toronto’s Spanish playmaker has enjoyed a fine debut season in MLS and he could be the man to prove the difference. He wasn’t a part of last year’s final but likes to play between the lines and could exploit the Sounders defence, who will have Altidore and Giovinco to contend with. In a game that’s expected to be tight, Vazquez could be the man to make the difference.

2017 MLS Cup Final – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction

Toronto FC 1-1* Seattle Sounders – This is surely going to be one of the most intriguing finals in recent years, not least because it’s a rematch in which the defending champions remain underdogs. Toronto are expected to win, but it was the same case last season. The Sounders enjoy playing with house money, so to speak, and will be looking forward to trying to cause another major upset and defend their title. Goals will surely be on offer this time, but don’t be surprised to see this one go beyond the 90 minutes again. And if it does, it’s hard to look past the Sounders…

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew

2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final (2nd Leg): Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew

BMO Field – Wednesday, November 29 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/7 – Draw 4/1 – Columbus 3/1

Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew: Preview

The Eastern Conference Final second leg is finely poised as Toronto FC welcome Columbus Crew to BMO Field. The scoreless draw at MAPFRE Stadium a week ago means there has to be a goal for this one to be settled in normal time.

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney has been named MLS coach of the year. He will be looking for his side to progress here. But as the first leg proved, the two can be difficult to separate.

Their effective performance in the first leg has given them the ideal platform ahead of this game. Toronto are favourites to reach the MLS Cup Final, but they cannot take that for granted.

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Columbus Crew struggled to break Toronto down and were frustrated in the first leg. By failing to score they have missed a good opportunity to put TFC on the back foot.

But Crew SC know that they can actually reach the final without winning the game. A score draw will be enough to take them through.

Gregg Berhalter will need to have his side well drilled and prepared to deal with a much stronger Toronto. They cannot afford to try and sit back too much, but by the same token they cannot play with an overly expansive style.

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Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew: Team News

TFC welcome back Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore for the second leg. The squad is fresh with no injuries, so this should be Toronto in full force.

Columbus are with midfielder Artur through suspension. Connor Maloney, Gaston Sauro and Ben Swanson are all out, while Alex Crognale is a doubt.

Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew: Key Points

Toronto’s last five: W/D/W/L/D

Columbus Crew’s last five: D/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: 32 goals return – The return of Giovinco and Altidore means Toronto are in a strong position to advance to the MLS Cup Final. Their goal machines were missed last time out but considering their absentees the TFC side that drew the first leg did very well.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco  – Greg Vanney has called for the MLS MVP to come from his record-breaking Toronto side and it would be a surprise to see Giovinco honoured with the award. The Atomic Ant has had an extraordinary season and he will surely be key if his side are to progress to their second final in as many seasons.

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Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew: Prediction

Toronto FC 3-1 Columbus Crew – The Eastern Conference Final second leg is finely balanced. TFC’s returning duo will be expected to provide the goods and prove too much to handle for Columbus.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: BMO Field – Friday, April 28 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Houston 9/2

Match Preview

Toronto FC welcome Houston Dynamo to BMO Field as Week 9 springs into life with this intriguing inter-conference clash.

Toronto got their first home win of the season in last week’s 3-1 victory over Chicago Fire and will be looking to follow that up with another three points in front of their own fans as they try to climb the Eastern Conference.

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The Reds are sitting in seventh place coming into the weekend but are only five points off Orlando at the top and will feel they are now in a position to start progressing after a fairly quiet start to the new season.

Greg Vanney’s men have only lost one of their last eight home regular season games – none of which have come this season – and they know they are expected to take the game to Houston here.

The Dynamo have been one of the real surprise packages so far in 2017. They enter Week 9 third in the West after posting a 4-1-2 record through their opening seven games.

The real positive for Houston has been the re-emergence of Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, along with attacking players such as Alberth Elis and Rommel Quioto. The trio have scored 13 of the Dynamo’s 15 goals this term and look dangerous every time they come forward.

Houston have lost both away games so far this term though, and that will be the major worry for Wilmer Cabrera heading into Friday’s game in Toronto. They fell 4-2 at Portland before more recently suffering a 2-0 loss in New England.

It’s been almost two years since the Dynamo won away at an Eastern Conference side and they must start to change that record if they are to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield this term.

This will be the 21st MLS clash between the two sides. Toronto have only picked up four wins in the previous 20 games against Houston and are currently winless in four against the Texans.

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Team News

Toronto still have five players out through injury with Clint Irwin, Drew Moor, Ashtone Morgan, Chris Mavinga and Jason Hernandez all set to miss out again here. The positive news is that Drew Moor is only expected to be out for another two weeks after an irregular heartbeat was discovered.

George Malki remains out for the season for the Dynamo, who could also be without four first-teamers that are are all doubts. AJ DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Agus and Ricardo Clark are all carrying knocks and might not be passed fit in time for Friday’s contest.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s form: W/D/D/L/W

Houston Dynamo’s form: L/W/L/D/W

Key Stat: Houston haven’t won away at an Eastern Conference side in MLS since May 2015, although that victory came at BMO Field in their most recent trip to Toronto.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant is back and has the fire burning in his belly if his reaction to being substituted in last week’s win over Chicago is anything to go by. Giovinco got two in last Friday’s victory and now has three in his last three. He got off to a slow start this season but is looking on his way back to his scary best – something the Dynamo defence will be very nervous about.

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 3-1 Houston Dynamo – It’s difficult to see the Dynamo’s road form picking up on Friday night. Toronto are unbeaten at BMO Field so far this term and got their first win against Chicago last week. The Dynamo attack have impressed and will expect to find the net but with Giovinco and Jozy Altidore looking like they’re nearing top form, the Reds should prove too strong.

MLS Cup Final Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: 2016 MLS Cup Final – Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, December 10 – 20:00 ET (01:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Toronto 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 14/5

Match Preview

Toronto face Seattle Sounders in the 2016 MLS Cup Final on Saturday night in what is set to be a historic night for one of these two sides, with both making the final for the first time.

Both teams deserve to be here after strong runs and both have plenty of goals in them, so we’re in for a real treat in this year’s showpiece game.

Toronto head coach Greg Vanney believes this will be the “biggest MLS Cup to date”, given the fact that two of the league’s major-market franchises are going head-to-head, and he’s probably not wrong.

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Toronto have set a record during their run to the final. The Reds scored 17 goals during the playoffs, more than any other side has managed in history, so they’ll be confident of adding to that tally in Saturday’s final.

This is the first time a Canadian team has ever made the final and the Reds will now be aiming to lift the trophy on home soil in what will be a special night.

Seattle are a really dangerous opponent though and travel to Toronto off the back of one of the most incredible turnarounds this season.

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Sounders fans won’t want to recall their horrendous start to the season. They sat ninth in the West at the halfway point but have managed to completely transform their fortunes and have gone on to prove themselves as one of the league’s most dangerous sides.

A 3-1 aggregate win over Colorado got the Sounders here, and they will be expecting to cause Toronto troubles given the creativity of Nicolas Lodeiro and pace of Jordan Morris in attack.

The only meeting between these sides during the regular season ended 1-1 at BMO Field but Seattle had won two in a row at BMO before that draw in July.

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Team News

Toronto have no injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of the final and so Greg Vanney can put out his strongest possible team for this crunch tie.

Seattle remain without Clint Dempsey, who has been out for a long time with an irregular heartbeat, while Oalex Anderson is listed as ‘questionable’. Other than than, there are no concerns and so an unchanged lineup could be sent out at BMO Field on Saturday.

Key Points

Toronto’s last five: W/W/W/L/W

Seattle’s last five: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Goal-fest – There have been 15 goals in the last five meetings between these teams, with both sides scoring in each of those five clashes.

Key Player: Jozy Altidore – A number of talented players will be on show during Saturday’s final, but Jozy Altidore is arguably the in-form player in MLS coming into this one. He has five goals in his last seven and has played a starring role in guiding Toronto to their first ever MLS Cup Final. Playing at BMO Field will play into his hands, so expect the powerful forward to shine here.

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Score Prediction

Toronto 2-3 Seattle – Goals are expected in what will be a historic MLS Cup Final on Saturday night. Both sides have reason to be optimistic but Seattle have worked wonders to get this far and will be intent on making sure they finish the job after an incredible run to the final. Home advantage is in Toronto’s favour, but as we saw last season in Columbus, home form doesn’t always mean that much in a game of this magnitude. It could honestly go either way, but we expect to see Seattle lifting the trophy come the end of the night.

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Final – Second Leg) Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact 

Venue: BMO Field – Wednesday, November 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal Impact 9/2

Match Preview

Toronto and Montreal Impact are set for a thrilling encounter on Wednesday night, with a place in the MLS Cup Final up for grabs as they lock horns in the Eastern Conference Championship second leg.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will face Seattle in the 2016 MLS Cup Final, where a first-time winner is guaranteed. If Toronto advance, they will host the final, but Seattle will play hosts if the Impact progress. 

Toronto come into the second leg 3-2 down after a nightmare hour to forget in the game in Montreal. The tie looked like it could have been out of their reach but Greg Vanney’s side showed why you cannot write them off as they scored twice in the last half hour to set up this incredible return clash.

Given the fightback from Toronto they now look favourites to advance, but there is still plenty of work to do here against a Montreal side who will be kicking themselves for letting such a vital lead go in front of their own fans.

Toronto have been impressive at BMO Field in 2016. They have won their last three home games but worryingly they did lose to Montreal the last time they welcomed them here. Nothing other than a victory will see Toronto advance to their first MLS Cup Final.

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Montreal Impact will be itching to ensure they do not miss out on the final now. They have improved year-on-year and reaching their first MLS Cup Final would be another part of their history that will never be forgotten.

Mauro Biello needs to make sure his side are calm from the get-go here. They still have that one-goal lead, so they need to play their normal game and shape up defensively against a strong Toronto attack.

There will be added emotion for the Impact squad as this could be the last time Didier Drogba plays, and while there have been some ups and downs in his short spell at the club, he will be missed. The Ivorian will want to sign off at the club in style, like he has done throughout his career, so losing this will not be an option for him and the rest of the squad.

Montreal’s task is far from simple and they know they cannot afford to allow Toronto time on the ball, so high-press is an option. Breaking up play and countering will make Impact dangerous and difficult to deal with. They will be out to grab a couple of away goals, as Toronto did at the Olympic Stadium last weekend.

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Team News

Vanney has a completely fit squad for this tie. He will be expecting maximum effort from his starting XI to ensure they make it through and pull off an impressive comeback.

Andres Romero remains Montreal’s only injury concern. Biello will be unlikely to unsettled the balance of his squad too much going into this one, but there may well be some defensive changes in an attempt to tighten up that backline.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Form – Toronto have won their last three home matches.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The stage is set for Giovinco to show his class once again. If he is presented with even a sniff at goal he is likely to find the back of the net. Toronto need him now more than ever if they’re to make the final.

Photo: Toronto FC

Photo: Toronto FC

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-0 Montreal Impact – Toronto to make the most of their firepower and pick apart the Montreal defence on home soil. It will be a sour end to the season for Montreal if they are to exit the playoffs here considering the commanding position they were in and it will be some turnaround if Toronto can pull it off.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, July 9 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Chicago Fire 4/1

Match Preview

Toronto FC welcome Chicago Fire to BMO Field on Saturday evening in an all Eastern Conference tie which might be a tighter affair than expected.

Toronto have been in a bit of a rut of form and while it would be unfair to label them a one man team, unfavourable results for the TFC faithful have coincided with Sebastian Giovinco’s goal drought.

Greg Vanney’s side have been slipping down the East and now sit in sixth, just four points ahead of Chicago who are bottom. Toronto come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw with Seattle.

This is a chance for Toronto to get back to winning ways but it is by no means going to be a straightforward tie. They have only conceded one goal less and scored three more than Chicago so far this season.

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Despite sitting bottom of the East, Chicago Fire are by no means out of the running to challenge for a playoff place.

Veljko Paunović’s side have a game in hand on Toronto ahead of this tie, so the gap could potentially be as little as three points.

Chicago have been in a far better run of form over the last five games, picking up seven points. They come into this one off the back of their 1-0 win over San Jose.

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Team News

Toronto FC are expected to have six players missing for this tie as Jozy Altidore, Daniel Lovitz, Ashtone Morgan, Clint Irwin, Michael Bradley and Will Johnson are all injured.

Chicago Fire have five injury concerns heading into this tie. Collin Fernandez, Matt Polster, Arturo Alvarez, Khaly Thiam and Joey Calistri are all doubtful.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/L/W/L/D

Chicago Fire’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Endless run? Chicago Fire seem to be on a never ending winless run away from home. They have lost their last 24 away games in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – This is a tie Giovinco will be expecting to bring his dry spell to an end. He hasn’t scored in any of his last six regular season outings, but we all know the qualities he has and you can’t keep a good man down.

Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 2016

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-1 Chicago Fire – Toronto to get back to winning ways and increase Chicago’s winless run on the road. This has the makings of a tight affair given the form of the sides coming into the game.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. New York City FC

Venue: BMO Field – Wednesday, May 18 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 8/13 – Draw  3/1 – New York City FC 4/1

Match Preview

Toronto FC welcome New York City FC to BMO Field in the first outing of a double gameweek for both of these Eastern Conference sides on Wednesday night.

The home side come into this one off the back of that exhilarating 4-3 loss to Vancouver, a frustrating result to take, but somewhat unsurprising as they never led at one point in the game. That loss was Toronto’s second in their last five games and their first home loss of the season, albeit only their second home outing.

Toronto face Columbus at home in the second of their double gameweek clashes, so they have two intense fixtures in the space of four days to contend with here.

Greg Vanney’s side are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference, trailing top spot by two points, but they do have this game in hand, so a win would take them top ahead of the weekend.

Toronto Celebrate New York Red Bulls

New York City FC are in fine form. They come into this tie off the back of their 2-1 away win over Portland, their third win on the bounce.

Patrick Vieira has made a great impact in his time at the club and as a result New York City are 2nd in the Eastern Conference, only behind Montreal on goal difference. They just need to avoid defeat here to go top.

New York City are unbeaten against Toronto since their inception, winning two and drawing two. They have scored at least two goals in all four of those games against the Canadian side.

Up next for NYCFC is the New York Derby in the second of their double gameweek matches – the first of four consecutive home outings for Vieira’s side, so they have a great chance of continue their challenge at the top of the East.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact

Team News

Toronto FC are missing three players for the visit through injury. Benoit Cheyrou, Marky Delgado and Jozy Altidore are all out. Altidore’s hamstring injury is also a huge blow for the USMNT as he now looks set to miss the Copa America.

New York City FC could also be without three for this tie. Connor Brandt is out, while Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison are both doubts. Mikey Lopez is one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Goals – The two sides have netted a combined 18 goals against one another in their four meetings in all competitions – an average of 4.5 per game.

Key Player: David Villa – The NYCFC talisman has scored four in his last three, showing just how important he is to Vieira’s side. They will be reliant on him to outperform Sebastian Giovinco to win them this game. Both forwards have had incredible seasons so far, netting eight goals each.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact David Villa

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-2 New York City FC – In all four of the meetings between these sides there has been plenty of action with an astonishing 18 goals being scored. It has the makings of becoming an MLS classic and we can expect a real battle again here. Giovinco vs Villa is the matchup most fans will be relishing, so many will be looking forward to seeing this unfold and we don’t expect the two goal-machines to disappoint.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, May 14 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 4/5 – Draw  13/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 7/2

Match Preview

Toronto FC host Vancouver Whitecaps in their second of four consecutive games at BMO Field following renovations to the stadium over the past few months. The home side will want a repeat of last week’s performance when they ran out 1-0 winners over Dallas in their home opener.

Three wins from their last five signal the intent and the ability Toronto have to push on this year and with Jozy Altidore now back partnering Sebastian Giovinco, they have the forwards to help complement their new and improved defence.

Keeping a clean sheet in three of their last four matches highlights the difference the defensive additions like Drew Moor and Clint Irwin have made on the side and things are looking up for Greg Vanney’s men. They sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference ahead of this tie, trailing top spot by just one point.

Toronto Celebrate New York Red Bulls

Vancouver have the same form as Toronto, so with three wins in their last five, it seems the perfect time for the two Canadian sides to meet.

Back-to-back wins over Portland and Chicago – both ending 2-1 – mean the Whitecaps are into the playoff places in the West and they will want to improve after a slow start to the 2016 campaign.

Fans will be disappointed so far considering the 2015 form the Whitecaps had but will want to at least make the playoffs come the end of the regular season.

Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps 2016

Team News

Toronto FC are missing three players for the visit through injury. Clement Simonin (knee), Benoit Cheyrou (thigh) and Jonathan Osorio (ankle) all look unlikely to feature.

Vancouver Whitecaps will be without Christian Dean (foot) and Deybi Flores (adductor). Octavio Rivero is a doubt and isn’t expected to feature.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: W/D/L/W/W

Key Stat: Vancouver have never beaten Toronto away from home.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian forward has become the most influential player in the league and when he performs anywhere near his best, Toronto win.

Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 2016

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Both sides have won three of their last five and will have ambitions for a successful season with playoff spots within reach. We expect this to be a good game with two good defences trying to keep each other at bay. Both have reason for optimism ahead of this clash but they might just cancel each other out come full time. Score draw.