A first-ever matchup with Minnesota United FC awaits the Reds as they return to BMO Field looking to extend their five-match winning streak on Saturday afternoon. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to the match.
The gruelling stretch is finally coming to an end, but not before one more match in short order.
Saturday’s match marks the fourth match in just 11 days for TFC, yet they haven’t skipped a beat. Head coach Greg Vanney has managed to make all the right moves, getting the most out a litany of players throughout the roster.
He’ll once again need to find the magic touch on Saturday afternoon as the Reds look to build on their come-from-behind performance in Columbus on Wednesday. Tired legs may begin to take its toll, making Vanney’s job all the more difficult. The likes of Armando Cooper, Jason Hernandez, and Marky Delgado could well be called upon to do a job against a pesky Minnesota side on Saturday afternoon.
Eye On Ibarra
One of several potent attacking talents in the Minnesota lineup, Miguel Ibarra could be one to watch for at BMO Field.
The New York native enjoyed a terrific spell with the Loons during their time in the North American Soccer League, earning Best XI honours (2013, 2014) and took home the Golden Ball in 2014 (League MVP).
After a two-year stint in Liga MX with Club León, “Batman” is back. His combination of pace, creativity, and a finishers mentality will make him a handful for Nick Hagglund and the TFC defence.
Challenge the Loons
Toronto were up against it in their last two matches, a pair of difficult road fixtures in Seattle and Columbus.
Back home in front of a raucous crowd, it should be a much different affair.
The Reds have been a much stronger side at home and will be expected to put their stamp on the game and take it to the expansion side on Saturday. Whereas they were largely reactionary against the Crew, TFC will feel confident at BMO Field where possession should favour the home side.
Look for Toronto to make Minnesota chase the game from the opening whistle and get the early goal to unsettle the visitors.