The wait is over as the Reds return to BMO Field following the international break. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to the match as the San Jose Earthquakes come to town.
Play with Pace
As with many teams that head to BMO Field, expect the Earthquakes play compact and muck things up in the midfield. TFC will need to play quickly to take advantage of those pockets in the attacking third and capitalize on those quickly closing windows.
Justin Morrow and Steven Beitashour will, as always, be key in providing width to the team. If they can continue to contribute to the attack as they’ve done with regularity this season, the Quakes will have trouble coping at the back.
No International Break Hangover
It comes with the territory, but being a top side means losing some key players to their international sides. TFC welcome back eight players into the fold (Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Nicolas Hasler, Armando Cooper, Raheem Edwards, Tosaint Ricketts, Jay Chapman and Jonathan Osorio) after suiting up for their respective countries. Seeing how quickly these players slip back into their roles with the Reds will be something to keep an eye on.
Beware of SJ Attack
There’s no two ways about it: Chris Wondolowski is one of the league’s elite goal scorers and will go down as one of the best-ever forwards in MLS history when he hangs up his boots. At 34 years of age, the former MVP is still getting it down for San Jose.
He’s not alone, however, as Costa Rican international Marco Ureña has been a solid addition for the Quakes in 2017. Drew Moor and Chris Mavinga will have their hands full defending these two on Saturday night.