After a chaotic 24 hours, D.C. United and Toronto FC are giving their now twice-postponed MLS is Back Tournament opener another shot. Yesterday’s attempt was postponed after one United player tested positive for coronavirus, while TFC had an inconclusive test. Though the United player’s follow-up test was negative, he’ll remain quarantined until he gets a second negative test.
Meanwhile, everyone else is clear to play as long as their most recent tests come out negative. Everything else from our preview yesterday still applies...we think.
Location: Yesterday’s game was scheduled for Field 18 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Kissimmee, FL), and we have no information saying that specific field number has changed. We’re also not sure who cares about this particular piece of information beyond this piece’s author.
Kickoff time: 9:00am Eastern
Projected D.C. United starting 11: (4231) - Bill Hamid; Russell Canouse, Frederic Brillant, Steven Birnbaum, Joseph Mora; Felipe Martins, Junior Moreno; Julian Gressel, Edison Flores, Ulises Segura; Ola Kamara
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Donovan Pines, Oniel Fisher, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Mohammed Abu, Moses Nyeman, Kevin Paredes, Federico Higuain, Yamil Asad, Griffin Yow
This is the same squad as yesterday, save for Erik Sorga (who was withdrawn from United’s match roster during all the chaos). With no reason to believe that situation is going to change, let’s assume Ben Olsen has no other changes up his sleeve.
Projected Toronto starting 11: (4231) - Quentin Westberg; Auro, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado; Pablo Piatti, Alejandro Pozuelo, Tsubasa Endoh; Ayo Akinola
Here’s the eleven Greg Vanney had prepared for yesterday’s game. This could be more of a 442 if the wingers are a bit deeper and Pozuelo is a bit higher, but most likely it’ll be the same list of players.
Referee: Fotis Bazakos was set to ref yesterday’s game, and there’s nothing out there saying that’s changed.
Available TV: ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes
Available streaming: WatchESPN, ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes+
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
What are you drinking?: I went to bed very early last night, so my coffee needs are going to be lower. That said: a cup of coffee.
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