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Preview: Toronto FC vs New England

By on March 3, 2024 0 735 Views

In matchday two of Toronto FC’s 2024 MLS season, the Reds head to New England in hopes of continuing the amazing defensive showing from the FC Cincinatti game. The Reds will look to grab three points and their first goal under Coach John Herdman in this away matchup at Gillette Stadium.

Coach Herdman will head to New England with the same squad that showed in last week’s matchup in Cincinnati, the rebuild Herdman has been working on this offseason. Doubtful to start is Richie Laryea, who John Herdman stated is ‘in that fatigue state’. Another player from the season opener’s starting eleven with an issue is that of Lorenzo Insigne, who Coach Herdman has addressed has found games on artificial turf being a problem for.

It is also unclear if Coach Herdman will debut three of the teams offseason additions, but a debut watch could be possible for defender Nicksoen Gomis, along with midfielders Tyrese Spicer and former Necastle man Matty Longstaff.

Coach Herdman will lean on Italian DP Federico Bernadeschi to start a spark alongside Captain Jonathan Osorio, and will once more rely on Deybi Flores, who had himself an incredible debut against FC Cincinnati. Flores looked sharp and ran the midfield to his control last match, which is what earned him and keeper Sean Johnson a spot on MLS team of the week.

Coach Herdman and a couple of TFC players will also have to be careful as the MLS disciplanry committee issued warnings and fines to the club following its first match of the season.

New England head into the matchup after losing 3-1 to D.C United, and are on some tired legs after a 3-0 win in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The Revs will also be without striker Giacomo Vrioni, who was sent off after receiving two yellow cards against D.C United.

Coach Herdman’s side will look to continue to bounce back from 2023, and continue the glimpse of the newly-reborn Toronto FC from the season opener into another matchup to rebuild and potentially win against the Revs, which they are winless against in the last six meetings.

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