Whitecaps At Toronto FC Preview: A Canadian Clash In Orlando
The Whitecaps At Toronto FC preview will see a Canadian clash down in Orlando. The Vancouver Whitecaps will travel down to Florida to take on Canadian rivals Toronto FC. Normally a healthy dose of Canadian content will be the only time Vancouver will play Toronto this season.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming off an impressive 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers. Lucas Cavallini scored a header off a set-piece, and keeper Maxime Crepeau was able to hold onto the clean sheet. In case you missed the game, check out the full recap of the opening season win. Vancouver will look to continue things on the road against Toronto FC.
Toronto is coming off a loss to CF Montreal on opening day. Montreal scored just 3 minutes in and never looked back scoring 2 goals in the 1st half and 2 more in the second. Toronto was coming off CONCACAF Champions league mid-week and was also missing some players due to injury. Saturday will be an opportunity to get into the win column for the Reds.
Lineup News And Notes
The Vancouver Whitecaps will go with the same starting 11 that beat the Portland Timbers. Some new faces and returning faces in the 18 for head coach Marc Dos Santos. Derek Cornelius is back after injury and new additions Caio Alexandre and Bruno Gaspar are both options off the bench. Interesting to note that there is 2 keepers on the bench.
Toronto FC and head coach Chris Armas will make two changes to the starting 11 that lost 4-2 against CF Montreal. Nick Deleon and Jayden Nelson draw in for this afternoons match. Toronto will also get some help off their bench as Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Osorio and Ayo Akinola are all back in the 18.
Whitecaps At Toronto FC Preview What To Watch For
For the Whitecaps "El Tanque" Lucas Cavallini has 7 goals in his last 4 matches. He seems to get more comfortable with Cristian Dajome the more they play together. Cavallini could be a nightmare all day for the Toronto FC backline. Cavallini also seems to get fired up for the games against Canadian rivals so expect him to be involved early and often.
For Toronto FC will be the firepower they have on their bench. If the team can keep things tied or close than Chris Armas could make a very strong late push with some of the offensive talent like Altidore and Akinola.
Sports Talk Line Network And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC Match gets underway at 12 pm PST from Orlando. Make sure to tune into the Sports Talk Line website for the post-game recap including media quotes and "The Unnamed Moments Of The Match." Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for pre-game, during the game, and everything for game day for the Whitecaps.
In case you need more pregame, hear from Andy Rose and Cristian Gutierrez on this week's episode of The Unnamed Sports Show.
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