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Preview: Toronto FC Set For Home Opener Against Charlotte FC

By on March 8, 2024 0 886 Views

With a pretty great start to the 2024 MLS campaign underway, Toronto FC will look to continue on the impressive train of results as they will host Charlotte FC for their home opener at BMO Field this Saturday.

Coach Herdman heads into this matchup after securing his first victory since taking over as the head coach of Toronto FC, with the locker room vibes looking more positive than they ever did last season.

Toronto FC are also on a two game shut out streak all thanks to keeper Sean Johnson, who has put up a total of 6 saves in each game these past MLS games against both FC Cincinnati and New England Revolution.

Johnson’s clean sheet against New England landed him the honours of making it on last week’s team of the matchday for the second time this season, too.

Lorenzo Insigne, the other hero in last weekends matchup against New England, also earned himself a bench spot in the MLS team of the matchday for his game-winning goal. His chip was also awarded the Goal of the Matchday winner for week three.

Toronto FC will head into the home opener matchup with a string of momentum from past match performances and will look to use that as fuel as they look to improve on their all time record of 8W-6L-3D through their first 17 MLS openers at home as their last home opening win dates back to a matchup against New York City FC on March 7, 2020.

Expected not to play due to injury are Toronto FC’s Jordan Perruzza and Deandre Kerr.

Some of Toronto FC’s offseason additions like Matty Longstaff and Tyrese Spicer could also potentially make their clubs debuts in the home opener.

Visitors Charlotte FC also head into this matchup undefeated as they won in their home opener against New York City before drawing against the Vancouver Whitecaps in last week’s matchup.

On the TFC side, some notable marks will be made in this Saturday’s home opener: captain Jonathan Osorio will lead his hometown club from the start at home after exactly eleven since his debut on March 9, 2013, when he was just twenty year old.

Osorio’s next appearance with the Reds will also mark his 300th MLS appearance becoming the first player in club history to reach this milestone.

Toronto FC Federico Bernardeschi
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Federico Bernardschi is also set to make his 50th appearance for the Reds across all competitions in this Saturday’s home opener.

Coach Herdman will without a doubt seek out for a win at BMO field this Saturday to continue the club’s strong opening results. With a re-invigorated home crowd behind them, the Reds should come out more eager then ever to get the result as the climb from a terrible 2023 season continues.

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