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Union @ Toronto FC – Match Preview

When: Saturday, 12:30 PM
Where: Toronto (hide your fruit)
Why: Cause it’s not a real country anyway

A little afternoon delight for Union fans with the 12:30pm start, as our boys in blue (and gold stripe) head north of the border to take on a Toronto squad that has lost only once at BMO Field.  About BMO Field, the match between TFC and Vancouver Whitecaps had to be postponed Wednesday night because the pitch became unplayable due to rain.  The weather in Toronto is supposed to be rather pleasant for match time on Saturday, but how will the field recover in time?  If nothing else, this gives rise to rampant singing of South Park’s “Blame Canada,” but I digress…

Union are coming off of a relative offensive explosion.  2 goals.  That’s explosive for this team.  I know, it’s sad.  The bigger view is that they went ahead against Chicago, conceded a goal that equalized the match, and recovered to score the game-winner.  They earned 3 points where 1 seemed imminent, based on the shoddy offensive output of the season at that point.  They will try to improve on their road mark, which has seen them only gain 3 points from 4 matches.  Look for Carlos Ruiz (I’ll use his real name instead of a derogatory nickname for this week, he earned it) to play a little harder, as he will soon depart for Gold Cup duty for his native Guatemala.  I’d like to think 2 things about Sebastien Le Toux’s effort from the Chicago match: 1) It’s going to become the norm after his early season slumber, and 2) It will hopefully yield a goal from the run of play.

The injury to Amobi Okugo’s ankle is unfortunate, and will keep him out for 3 weeks, so expect Kyle Nakazawa to start with Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp, and a Farfan brother.  The backline will be the same as it has been except for when Jordan Harvey was a victim of refereeing stupidity.  Toronto appears to be made up of a bunch of guys who are only good enough to make the final of a tournament that only consists of Canadian club teams (wait… you mean that really DID happen?!?  Oh…)  All of this means I expect Toronto to get shut out at home.  Union will reinforce their offense in the 2nd half, and get the winner after the 60th minute, returning to their most-of-the-season trend of binary soccer, and win 1-0.

Nick, the other .5 of Unholy Union

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  1. May 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

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