Saturday, June 6, 2009

Table is Set in Toronto

The lineups are in at BMO Field. Only two changes to the starting lineup from a week ago as Tony Sanneh replaces the suspended Gregg Berhalter and Chris Klein steps in for Landon Donovan, who is with the U.S. National Team in Chicago for their World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. Toronto FC have won the last two meetings between the teams, claiming both matches in the series a year ago. The teams played to a scoreless draw in Ontario in their first-ever meeting, then TFC took a 2-0 victory at home last year. The teams have split their two lifetime meetings at The Home Depot Center.

Here is the full team...






Subs: Saunders, Griffin, Miglioranzi, Patterson, Kirovski, Buddle, Jordan.

And here is how the opposition, Toronto FC, will line up...



Cronin----------------------------------De Rosario




Subs: Sutton, Edwards, Smith, Gala, Gomez, Ricketts.

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: TOR: Marvell Wynne (USA; June 6 vs. Honduras); Amado Guevara (Honduras; June 6 vs. USA) ... LA: Landon Donovan (USA; June 6 vs. Honduras)

SUSPENDED: LA: Gregg Berhalter (through June 7)

REFEREE: Alex Prus. MLS Career: 145 games; FC/gm: 29.0; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 33; pens: 41
SAR (bench): Daniel Belleau;
JAR (opposite): Philippe Briere;
4th: Silviu Petrescu


charlesj27 said...

Again, Don Ricketts is keeping us in this mach with his great positioning and timing and when to come & charge! Thanks, Ron Ricketts - we really owe you! The troubling thing for me is that there still are players that lose their focus and edge in many periods of the match... this needs to be addressed during practices and scrimmages... Eddie, Dema, Todd, Don, Josh Tudeal cannot be doing all of the work that all 11 are supposed to be doing. If one player wanes - stops pushing - that's a hole and a gap for the other team to exploit!
I do like the way the team is interchanging roles during plays. Good - but, Toronto is forcing LA Galaxy to do the whole "Head-bop" passing. Dangerous! The ball has to spend more time near the feet on the floor/pitch. I know the turf is not ideal - but, the team has to find a way to maintain momentum, posession, and control. Don't lose this lead to fatigue adn nodding off. Stay alert. Stay aware - be right on top of them!

charlesj27 said...

Come on ref - why was Omar and Tony given yellow cards... I know they were fousl for contact - but, yellow cards. Come on! That's lame!

charlesj27 said...

Tony, dude - I really feel for you. I know how tough it is to have that cramp just paralyze you! Thanks for so many smart plays! Edson, thank you - thank you - thank you! How Eddie Lewis did not get at least a foul call against Toronto FC for that swipe inside the penalty box. But, the LA Galaxy needs to practice making those triangular & trapezoidal connectiions in sequences. This is so vital to the relief of pressure and creating chances. This does not happen overnight - but, it is vital & so essential. Keeping the ball on the floor/pitch always trying the very best for one-touch and maximum two touches.