The Seattle Sounders travel to Toronto this Saturday to play Toronto FC in a match that is a must win for each team
Sounders desperately need at least a point on the road this weekend as they take on Toronto FC at BMO Field. The game kicks off at 4:30 PST in Toronto and it is a critical game for both teams. The Sounders have lost 5 of their last 6 games in a truly ugly fashion and Toronto is coming off an equally sad 3 game losing streak on the road. They have also both suffered from losing two of their biggest names, Clint Dempsey for the Sounders and Michael Bradley for Toronto, to the USMNT for the Copa America Centenario. This game will be a test for both teams to see if they can get some momentum back and rise in their respective rankings through the rest of the regular season.
As of right now, the Sounders are ranked 9th in the West and 17th for the Supporter Shield and Toronto FC is ranked 7th in the East and 15th for the Supporter Shield. Both teams have played 15 games so far this season and both have won only 5 of those 15. The Sounders sit at a sad 16 points for the year, while Toronto is only slightly better with 19.
Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC: What to Watch
Sebastian Giovinco – The star Toronto FC forward is fifth in the league in goals scored (8) and second in shots taken (90) and if the Sounders have any hope of getting points out of this match, they must contain the 5’4” forward. If Chad Marshall and the Sounders’ defense can keep him under control, they have a shot to win on the road.
Clint Dempsey – The veteran Sounder returns from US national team duty to hopefully inject some much needed life and scoring chanced into the Sounders’ offense. He has a brilliant Copa America performance with 8 points, scoring 3 goals and having 3 assists. He played a role in 6 of the 7 goals scored for the US in the tournament and hopefully he can carry that performance over to his club.
Michael Bradley – The Toronto FC midfielder is also rejoining his team after being called up the USMNT for Copa America. He had a good performance in the tournament, but it is still questionable if he will be active for Saturday’s game. He sustained a knee injury in the Consolation game against Columbia last Saturday and was evaluated today be doctors to determine his status for this weekend’s match. Head coach Greg Vanney says he doesn’t believe it to be a serious injury. Bradley presence in this game could dramatically help Toronto find 3 points at home after a heartbreaking loss in Orlando.
Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC: Injury Report
- F – Jozy Altidore is still out with a hamstring injury sustained on May 14
- M – Daniel Lovitz (knee)
- D – Ashtone Morgan (foot)
- GK – Clint Irwin injured his quad in the June 25th game against Orlando City SC and is expected to be out for 6 weeks