Match Preview: Union at Toronto FC, Saturday 9/24

The boys in blue will attempt to steal points on the road against a tough but depleted Toronto FC side.

The Union sit fourth in the East despite their 2-1 loss in Portland last Saturday. They remain on 41 points, three above Montreal and five above New England, the last two potential playoff teams. With each of their last four matches against Eastern Conference foes, it’s important the Union get results. Meanwhile, Toronto¬†rescued a 3-3 draw¬†on Sunday against the Red Bulls and sit at the top of the East with 47 points.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Union have a 98.3 percent chance of making the playoffs, and a 68 percent chance of hosting a playoff match (finishing fourth seed or higher). There’s still work to be done, however.

It’s not all smooth sailing for the first-place Reds. They went down 3-1 to the Red Bulls before scoring two straight to save a draw. They’re also without league MVP Sebastian Giovinco for this match. The Union meanwhile are without Joshua Yaro, who picked up two yellows last match and is suspended. Ilsinho isn’t 100 percent either per Jim Curtin. Available for selection though is Maurice Edu, who could make his season debut Saturday after rehabbing a stress fracture for months and putting in some time at Bethlehem Steel. He would presumably play the number 6 if so.

The teams met in Chester just a little over a month ago, with Toronto laying a 3-1 beatdown on the Union. These are different teams though, with injuries and additions, so it’s conceivable the Union come away with a point.

Possible first XI: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Tribbett, Rosenberry; Edu, Bedoya; Pontius, Barnetta, Herbers; Sapong

Prediction: could the Union take a point in Toronto? Yes. Will they? No. Toronto FC 2, Union 1

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