The Challengers: Toronto FC (7-7-3) vs. Philadelphia Union (6-10-4)
When: Saturday July 18th, 4:00 PM ET TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1050
Weather: 28 degrees and partly cloudy
Benoit Cheyrou filled in admirably in the attacking midfield spot left unoccupied by Michael Bradley. But with Jonathan Osorio returning from Gold Cup duty the Canadian midfielder is the best option to play at the top of Greg Vanney’s diamond while Bradley is away. “That’s my prefered position,” said Osorio. “ Whenever the time comes, whether it’s Saturday or in the future, I want to play in in that position and hopefully make it my own.” Vanney has options for Saturday’s match, but a midfield with Osorio leading the charge and Cheyrou insulating the back four is a pretty good place to start. Marky Delgado has entrenched himself in the squad with a string of solid performances and Jackson is coming off of his best game of the season. Vanney will have options when it comes to his starting XI, but expect Osorio to be right behind Giovinco and Altidore in the attack.
On the injury front, Nick Hagglund had emergency surgery to remove his appendix on Wednesday night. His status for Saturday’s match is unclear.
Joe Bendik, who hasn't started since Toronto’s 2-0 win in Orlando, will likely start in Konopka’s place. Bendik suffered a foot injury in the Orlando match. He's been available off the bench since the end of June.
Gareth Wheeler is back in Toronto after covering the Women's World Cup. Wheels and Devang Desai preview this weekend's match against Philadelphia and talks about the CONCACAF Gold Cup.