Preview: Toronto vs. Seattle Sounders: prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Major League Soccer clash between Toronto and Seattle Sounders, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

The two teams that have appeared in the most MLS Cup Finals over the past six seasons will meet for the first time in the regular season since 2019, as seattle probes wrap up your Canadian road trip by taking on Toronto at BMO Field on Saturday.

These teams have met three times for the Cup from 2016 to 2019, with the Sounders winning twice (2016, 2019), while TFC’s only win came in 2017.


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There’s a lot of excitement in the Ontario capital right now, much more than you’d expect from a team that currently sits third from bottom in the Eastern Conference with 18 points.

Most of the hype centers on Lorenzo Insignewho was recently introduced to Toronto fans and will have a lot of high expectations to try to live up to, while also trying to bring respectability back to this once great franchise.

On paper, he looks like a fantastic addition that should give them more power in the attacking third, although that area has never been much of a problem for the Reds, who currently sit in the top five in terms of goals scored in their Conference. (24).

Bob Bradley needs help fixing its leaky defence, which has conceded the second-most goals combined in MLS (32), and the club has relied on another Italian to try to plug those holes, signing the former Genoa defender. domenico criscito.

June was a challenging month for Toronto, which hasn’t had more than four days off between matches since its return from the international break, winning two of its last three matches in all competitions.

One of the recurring themes for the Reds in the first half of this campaign has been the lack of a solid 90 minutes, as they’ve played well down the stretch, but that hasn’t always been enough for them to pick up points.

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer looks on after the Concacaf Champions League semifinal game against New York City FC at Lumen Field on April 6, 2022.©Reuters

Seattle has had no trouble starting games brightly of late, scoring firsts in four straight, with three opening goals before the 10th minute.

There was always the belief that Rave Green would eventually find their place in this domestic campaign despite winning just two of their first eight games, and they come into this match having won at least one point in four of their last five MLS games.

brian schmetzer he has asked his wingers to provide more attacking breadth and production to this team, and his players have delivered.

The 59-year-old Seattle-born coach has a luxury that many coaches in this league don’t have, as the Sounders possess a group of versatile players, who can adapt to any formation or tactical change at any time.

As robust and compact as they can be at the back, Seattle has at times looked vulnerable against the press, conceding 18 goals so far this season, more than half of their regular-season total since 2021 (33 ).

Four of their seven losses to this point in the campaign have come away from home, although Rave Green has had plenty of fond memories at BMO Field, capturing his first MLS Cup there in 2016 while not losing a regular season game. in Toronto since 2010.

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team news

Toronto FC head coach Bob Bradley calls out his team during the second half against New York City FC at BMO Field on April 2, 2022.©Reuters

Jesus Jimenez scored his eighth of the season for Toronto on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss at home to the Columbus Crew, while Alexander Pozuelo he moved ahead of him for the Reds’ first in assists, getting his fourth on that play.

Jonathan Osorio Y Ralph Prison each found the back of the net last weekend, helping them defeat Atlanta United 2-1, while alex bonus came back between sticks against Colón, substituting Quentin Westbergwho started in his five previous outings in all competitions.

Noble Okello continues to miss time with a lower body injury, while we saw two TFC lineup changes on Wednesday as Shane O’Neill and Ralph Priso replaced carlos salcedo and Jonathan Osorio.

jordan morris Y Christian Roldan they have become quite the duo for the Sounders, with the two traditional wingers contributing 13 goals and 14 assists between them in MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) this season.

Goalkeeper of the last weekend Stefan Frey became just the third player in Seattle history to make 300 appearances, as the former Toronto goaltender has three clean sheets nationally in 2022.

Nicholas Lodeiro he has contributed very well to the Sounders in limited action, with 13 goal contributions (goals and assists) in 17 starts in all competitions.

The four-time MLS Cup finalists will be without joao paul for the rest of the year (right ACL tear), Javier Arreaga Y Raul Ruidíaz are out with left hamstring strains, Obed Vargas you have a stress fracture in your lower back and jose attention could be ruled out once again due to health and safety protocols.

Potential Toronto starting lineup:
Westberg; Chung, Salcedo, Mavinga, Marshall-Rutty; Bradley, Osorio; Prison, Akinola, Nelson; Jimenez

Possible starting lineup for the Seattle Sounders:
Frey; Medranda, Andrade, Cissoko, Tolo; Attention, Rusnak; C. Roldan, Lodeiro, Morris; huntsman


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We Say: Toronto 1-1 Seattle Sounders

The energy and excitement with the newcomers to Toronto should give the home team a nice boost heading into this matchup, though neither Insigne nor Criscito will be eligible to play until next week at the earliest.

Seattle was poor against CF Montreal in midweek, losing 2-1, but they rarely lose back-to-back games, so hopefully they will come out more determined as they do enough to earn a point.

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