TFC vs Vancouver: Both sides in need of a win

With four games left in Toronto FC’s season, it is still the same story that is has been for the past two months, the team is chasing the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference which is being held by their rivals the Montreal Impact.

But this Saturday afternoon, Toronto will take on their other Canadian rival from the Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are also on the brink of elimination and chasing the final playoff spot in the west.

Toronto won a key match last weekend against the New England Revolution who is ahead of TFC in the standings, but at the same time are also chasing the final playoff spot themselves. It was also a big win because Montreal lost. The only con to the Impact loss was it was to D.C. United, the other team chasing the final playoff spot.

But as TFC captain Michael Bradley said on the weekend, “We are going to continue to fight, continue to play and try to take care of our business.”

‘Our business’ meaning we don’t care what everyone else does, we just need to win.

Bradley started the match against the Revolution as a center back but moved back into the midfield when Jozy Altidore went down. It looks like he will start the game as a midfielder, which is definitely the right choice.

As for Altidore, who went down 15-minutes into the game against New England to ankle soreness, his status for this weekend’s game is unknown. However, due to him exiting both games early it looks like he will be a game-time decision at best.

TFC has played Vancouver twice this season but it wasn’t in MLS play. It was a part of the Canadian championship finals, which TFC would go on to win.

That was then and this is now. Vancouver has struggled down the stretch and the team fired Carl Robinson their now former head coach because of it.

Toronto is expecting lots of rain this week, and if it does rain as much as the forecast says, well the field may be in rougher shape than it already is. Many TFC players have expressed their feelings about the condition of the pitch. Since the Toronto Argonauts – Toronto’s Canadian Football League team – moved to BMO field, the grass field has been awful and it has showed it.

Regardless of the field and the weather, fans are in for a big matchup between two desperate sides.

Toronto is seven points back with four games remaining, while Vancouver is six points back with four games remaining as well.

Kickoff is set for 5 P.M. ET at BMO Field in Toronto.

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