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Preview: Toronto FC Looks To Bounce Back Against Atlanta United

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Coach Herdman and the Reds will look to bounce back into winning form after falling short in the Bronx, having lost 2-1 against New York last week.

The Reds will be without a couple of missing pieces as they host 2017 expansion club Atlanta United (2-1-0, 6 points) in their second home match of the 2024 campaign.

John Herdman’s side are currently dealing with a handful of injuries: the team will be without Richie Laryea, who is set to undergo a surgical procedure on his right hamstring and is expected to miss three months following the surgery. Defender Nicksoen Gomis is also in recovery after successfully underwent a surgery on his left wrist. Questionable to start are Captain Jonathan Osorio, Raoul Petretta, and first-choice goal-keeper Sean Johnson. The Reds will also be without midfielder Deybi Flores, who is away with Honduras.

The challenge will definitely be present for Coach Herdman in light of injury issues at the club, but TFC will look towards goalkeeper Luka Gavran to help the team bounce back. Gavran has been in a impressive form since taking cover of the posts after Sean Johnson picked up a injury.

Some other unseen matters out of control for TFC along side the injuries are the weather.

The social media team cheekily tweeted at Atlanta when current forecast for the matchday is not looking ideal, as snow and rain is on the forecast.

Toronto FC has also put up a travel advisory to fans travelling to and from BMO field as Exhibition station is closed ahead of the game. Fans are advised to plan ahead for extra time for travel.

In some positive news, Toronto FC’s Robyn Gayle was inducted into the Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2024, alongside former TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario. Gayle currently stands as the club’s performance and wellness coach and has been a essential part in Toronto FC’s impressive start in the 2024 season.

The Reds have also announced that the defender Luke Singh has been sent on loan to Atletico Ottawa of the Canadian Premier League for the 2024 CPL season. This loan spell will mark his third consecutive season on loan in the CPL.

“We all believe in each other. In the locker room after [last week’s] game, we all came together in a huddle and said ‘this is football; this is our journey.’ We didn’t win today, but we’ll be back on the weekend,” said Marshall Rutty to the media after last week’s loss. “We just have to keep going.”

Toronto FC will have to just keep going and bounce back as they host Atlanta United this weekend.

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