TFC vs New England: Two teams desperate for a win

It has been a year full of ups and downs, but when you describe the type of season it has been for Toronto FC with one word, it would have to be disappointing.

With only five games left, TFC (8-15-6) looks to salvage whatever is left of this season and try to keep their slim but not impossible playoff hopes alive when they host the New England Revolution (8-10-11) on Saturday.

In Toronto’s last match, the team played decently for three-quarters of the game before crumbling and doing what they’ve done best all year long which is finding ways to lose games.

Defending has been the biggest issue all season long, along with injuries to key players, but unfortunately, you can only control one of those things so defending will take the blame.

In their last match, Toronto welcomed back Chris Mavinga to the starting lineup after returning from injury. A boost for a beat up and tired lineup.

But TFC may have to play Saturday’s match without a few players due to injury.

Sebastian Giovinco didn’t play in last Saturday’s tilt with the New York Red Bulls (18-7-5) due to a calf injury he picked up in the Campeones Cup. There is no word on whether he will play Saturday. Jozy Altidore was subbed out in the second half against the Red Bulls with an ankle injury and it’s been deemed not too serious. There is still no word on if he will play Saturday.

Defender Drew Moor sat out against the Red Bulls as well but he is listed as questionable for Saturday’s match with a calf strain.

With that being said, if those players cannot play then others will have to step up in their absence and there is no bigger time to step up than this Saturday.

Toronto sits 10 points back of their rivals the Montreal Impact (12-14-4) for the final playoff spot. Their opponents, New England, are also chasing the final playoff spot and sit five points back of Montreal. So the Revolution will definitely be playing to win.

Both teams will come out hard with their seasons on the line. It will be interesting to see the lineup head coach Greg Vanney fields if his top players can’t go due to injury. Injuries or not, it is do or die for the Reds.

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