After a 10-day layoff, the Reds return to action against D.C. looking for redemption after blowing a late lead vs. United at the MLS is Back Tournament. Follow along and chime in!
43’—“Over under for distance traveled by Altidore this match? 2 km?” — HeavyRedFlow | DKM. But seriously, his movement is day and night compared to Ayo.
36’—That was the 10 minutes Toronto FC probably needed. They’ve settled into the match now and will (hopefully) be able to pick apart D.C. from here. Of course, the counter-attack always remains a threat. 63 per cent possession for TFC compared to 37 from D.C..
17’—GOAL! Toronto FC 1-1 D.C. United —A cross from Richie Laryea is horrendously cleared, falls right into Poz’s lap, and he slots home. Tie game.
15’—I’m just guessing at the minutes as this point (there’s no score clock on the screen). But a few half chances from TFC. I guess that’s a decent response?
12’— “Ahahaha. Great joke guys. Can we stop now?” — Jeffrey P. Nesker | I couldn’t have said it better myself, Jeff.
10’—Chance! After a brutal header from Eriq Z in his own box, D.C. United hit the crossbar. Everything’s fine, right?
6’—GOAL! D.C. United 1 – 0 Toronto FC — I was just about to praise the Reds start, but a horrendous giveaway from Omar Gonzalez gives Ola Kamara the ball and he gets it past Q despite the TFC GK getting a hand to the ball. That’s definitely not the start you needed.
1’—Players take a knee before kickoff in protest of racial injustice. We’re off. It’ll be important to get off to a good start tonight, get everybody into the game.
7:30 p.m. EST—Any guesses? I’m thinking we see him in the 75th minute or so. And no, you don’t get prediction league points for this.
7:09 p.m. EST—’What minute does new signee Tony Gallacher come on tonight? He’s made it clear that he chose to come to Toronto in search of first-team minutes.’
7:19 p.m. EST—Expect a 7:38 p.m. EST kickoff tonight. Pretty weird not having a full 30-minute pregame show on TSN.
7:14 p.m. EST—As always, friendly reminder to get your guesses for today’s scoreline in our Prediction League.
7:09 p.m. EST—What minute does new signee Tony Gallacher come on tonight? He’s made it clear that he chose to come to Toronto in search of first-team minutes.
7:06 p.m. EST—If there’s one team that TFC could get away with playing Eriq Z at CB it is D.C.. With Ciman and Mavinga picking up knocks, now’s not the time to start taking risks.
6:55 p.m. EST—Alright, let’s reset the vibes here. As BandwagonFan15 pointed out in the comments, it’s 2020, perhaps Zavaleta will do well starting at the back. Crazier things have happened, right?
Auro (ankle) out after having a scan this week. Likely will miss this portion of the trip (3 games)Mavinga (quad) only trained once this week & is on the bench. Zavaleta & Gonzalez start together for the 1st timeFraser (quad) out but is on the tripBradley (knee) still out https://t.co/WhKWG7MvsK
6:45 p.m. EST—Here we go. Let’s get right to it. Wait until you see these starting XI’s.
Had to take a second look. Eriq Zavaleta starts at CB for #TFCLive, while Auro (undisclosed) misses out.https://t.co/eetc1kTuiI https://t.co/gQZzYMFktC
ST.JOHN’S, Canada— After an all-Canadian six match stretch, Toronto FC is south of the border and in the nation’s capital to take on familiar foes D.C. United on Saturday evening.
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TFC were last in action ten days ago when Jozy Altidore silenced the minuscule Stade Saputo crowd, grabbing a late winner to secure a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, a result which ultimately helped them into the Voyageurs Cup final.
For D.C., it’s two Saturday night home games in a row as the Black-and-Red look to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Audi Field last weekend.
Going two straight matches without a goal and scoring just four in an eight game stretch, Ben Olsen’s group will be desperate to get on the score sheet and back into the Eastern conference playoff race.
Olsen was relatively hush midweek on a number of his players dealing with injuries and how it might impact their availability for the weekend. Captain Steve Birnbaum and starting keeper Bill Hamid are both questions marks to feature against TFC, while midfielder Paul Arriola remains sidelined with a significant knee injury.
D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen says captain Steven Birnbaum remains day to day and, without commenting on lineup status Sat vs. Toronto FC, Bill Hamid has had another strong week in training. #dcu #mls
Reds captain Michael Bradley remains out for the time being, joined on the injured list by potential replacement Liam Fraser. With no injuries suffered in Montreal, expect the same starting XI that topped the Impact to take the field on Saturday.
Animosity has been the theme between these two sides in recent memory. Exactly eleven months ago to the day, TFC put four past Hamid in extra time to top DC 5-1 at BMO Field in MLS Cup playoff action.
Fast forward to July 13th of this year and Toronto looked destined for another lopsided victory in this fixture. 2-0 up and in cruise control with 10 minutes remaining in their MLS is Back tournament opener, TFC allowed 10 man D.C. to snatch two goals at the death and earn the most unlikely point in a 2-2 draw.
The objective for Greg Vanney’s group will be simple heading into this one: Play a complete 90 minutes.
For D.C, they’ll have something to say about the final outcome right up until the last whistle, as has been the case when these two go head to head of late.
In what will surely be a hotly contested affair, expect some fireworks at Audi Field Saturday night as two teams searching for three points and a jump in the Eastern conference table do battle.
This is one @MLS match up that always brings the [email protected] & @dcunited renew their rivalry Saturday on @TSN_Sports !Will we see another classic? #TFCLive Catch the action at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT on TSN4 pic.twitter.com/zweN8KKzVX
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