Match Callout Sunderland

Match Preview: Toronto FC vs. Sunderland A.F.C

The Challengers: Toronto FC vs. Sunderland A.F.C.

When: Wednesday July 22, 7:00 PM ET Livestream:

Weather: Sunny and 21 degrees 

Projected Toronto FC Starting XI 

Three Keys: Squad Rotation 

Players will tell you they would much rather play in a game than train and they’ll get the opportunity on Wednesday night against the Black Cats. Saturday’s league match in Ohio against the Crew is the focus for the club. “The plan on Wednesday is to get guys some minutes and to get them sharp,” said Greg Vanney. “We may use the match as a training session for a certain amount of minutes for some of the guys cause a lot of our players would prefer to play games than train all week. The most important thing for us is the match in Columbus this weekend.” If you’re healthy you will play on Wednesday at some point seems to be the message from Vanney and his staff as they prepare to take on Sunderland. Mark Bloom saw a specialist last week and will not be available for the friendly.

Video: Jermain Defoe Returns To Toronto

“The game against Toronto is going to be good – I’m looking forward to it. I know a few people don’t understand why I left but for me I just missed the Premier League. It gives the game an extra dimension with me going back and obviously Jozy Altidore now playing for them."

Greg Vanney Previews The Match

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