Where: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
When: Saturday, September 1st, 5pm PT
How to Watch: ESPN +, Youtube TV
LAFC heads north for their first regular season matchup vs Toronto FC (they played during the preseason).
This is a huge game for both teams.
LAFC is only 3 points off the top spot of the west, and FC Dallas has been a little shaky of late, somehow losing to the last place Earthquakes twice recently.
Meanwhile for Toronto FC, their fight to shake off their early season struggles is in a critical phase.
Toronto got a big win over rivals Montreal last weekend, but then fell 2-0 to the Portland Timbers midweek.
They sit in a precarious position, 6 points from a playoff position, and tied with DC United, who have two games in hand on Toronto FC.
On the plus side for Toronto, they get Jozy Altidore back from suspension.
Since coming off an injury earlier in the season, Altidore has performed well. That combined with Sebastian Giovinco’s recent resurgence could spell trouble for an LAFC defense that will still be finding it’s rhythm without the recently departed Laurent Ciman.
Given Toronto’s ability to maintain possesion, LAFC will probably try to defend and counter.
This could work well given all of the attacking players LAFC have that are good on the counter, provided that the defense holds.
Finally, on a personal level, this should be a fun match up because it will be the first time that the Bradley’s, Father Bob and Son Michael, square off against each other.
Both are crucial to their teams success, Bob as the coach of LAFC, and Michael as the Captain of Toronto FC. MLSsoccer.com has an interview about this, and how the Bradley household will be conflicted as gametime comes around.
Prediction: Toronto FC 2 LAFC 1. Fighting for their playoff lives, Toronto does just enough to beat LAFC in a close game.
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