Toronto look to bounce back against struggling DC United

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TORONTO- League leaders Toronto FC will be looking to bounce back from only their second defeat of the season when they host struggling DC United this Saturday at BMO Field.

The Reds’ lost their last outing 3-0 away to the New England Revolution which was their second loss in 15 games. DC United are coming off a 0-0 draw against the LA Galaxy and have two clean sheets in their last three games.

This is the first meeting of two between the sides this season. Last year Toronto won two games while DC won the other.

The last meeting between the two eastern conference sides ended 2-1 for DC United at BMO Field last year.

Tossaint Ricketts is a doubt for Toronto while Nick Hagglund remains injured, DC have no new injuries. TFC have their three DP’s returning, Altidore and Bradley missed the last defeat due to international duty.

Steve Birnbaum returns from international duty for DC United.

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Key players for Toronto will definitely be the return of the DP’s. Sebastian Giovinco has had an inconsistent start to his campaign and will see this game as a good chance to kick start his season.

Joey Altidore’s big presence up top will play a key factor in the game and the midfield maestro in Michael Bradley to really get the ball moving and the creativity for Vazquez will have a big say in the outcome.

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For DC United, Luciano Acosta is their key player; he’s the creative spark in their midfield and if anything happens for them it will usually go through this man.

Patrick Mullins up front will also be a threat with his pace and his goal-poaching ability.

Squad depth has played a key role in Toronto’s season so far but with everyone returning to the squad there is a chance of a full line up for the Reds’, along with DC United.

The game will be televised across the TSN network at 8:00pm EST on Saturday, June 17.

Projected lineups:

Toronto FC: (3-5-2) Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Beitashour, Bradley, Delgado, Vazquez, Morrow; Giovinco, Altidore.

DC United: (4-1-4-1) Hamid; Kemp, Opare, Birnbaum, Korb; Jeffrey; Sam, Acosta, Neagle, Nyarko; Mullins.

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