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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC
2017 MLS Regular Season
BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Saturday, March 18 – 4 pm ET
WATCH: CTV, TSN1 in Canada | MLS LIVE in the US

A pair of Canadian rivals will face off in their lone regular season meeting of 2017 on Saturday, when the Vancouver Whitecaps will host cross-conference foe Toronto FC at BC Place.

The match will be a solid test for both outfits, each of whom are looking for their first win of the year. The ‘Caps enter the match coming off of a tough 3-2 loss at San Jose last weekend and a difficult 2-0 defeat at Tigres in Leg 1 of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on Tuesday, while Toronto head to Vancouver following a 2-2 draw at Philadelphia last Saturday.


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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Saturday’s match will be the third in eight days for Vancouver, who will be looking for their first MLS win of 2017 after starting the season 0-1-1. The ‘Caps had a difficult last week, racing out to a 2-0 lead before losing goalkeeper David Ousted to a 23rd-minute red card and falling 3-2 at San Jose last Saturday before dropping a difficult 2-0 result at Liga MX club Tigres in CCL action on Tuesday.

Though they’ve logged a lot of miles both in the air and on the field over the past few days, the ‘Caps don’t really have the luxury of taking it easy this weekend. Toronto are obviously a difficult opponent, and Vancouver won’t want to start the season with just one point through three matches after their disappointing 2016.

Projected starting XI (4-4-2): Paolo Tornaghi (GK) – Sheanon Williams, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey – Alphonso Davies, Matias Laba, Andrew Jacobson, Cristian Techera – Kekuta Manneh, Fredy Montero

Notes: Following their draw and loss to open the season, Vancouver have only won once in their previous seven MLS matches (1-3-3).

Toronto FC

No strangers to opening the season with a lengthy away trip, Toronto will hit the road again on Saturday, playing their third straight road match to start the year. TFC picked up acceptable results in their first two away games, drawing 0-0 at Real Salt Lake in the opener before tying 2-2 at Philadelphia last weekend.

While a road point is nothing to sneeze at, Toronto would be thrilled to pick up a victory before returning home for their fourth match of the year on March 31. Taking all three points at a Canadian rival would be that much sweeter. Defeating the ‘Caps won’t be easy, however, especially with star attacker Sebastian Giovinco ruled out due to a leg contusion suffered against the Union.

Projected starting XI (3-5-2): Clint Irwin (GK) – Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Nick Hagglund – Steven Beitashour, Armando Cooper, Michael Bradley, Victor Vazquez, Justin Morrow – Tosaint Ricketts, Jozy Altidore

Notes: With last weekend’s draw in Philadelphia, TFC have now drawn six of their last eight MLS regular season matches (1-1-6) … Last week’s match at Philadelphia snapped a run of 16 straight regular season games in which Giovinco had at least one shot on target and at least three total shots. The Italian had one total shot and zero shots on goal before being removed in first-half stoppage time due to injury.

All-Time Series

Toronto and Vancouver are tied with matching 3-3-1 records in their all-time regular season series. The away team has won the last two meetings, with Vancouver beating Toronto 4-3 at BMO Field last season and TFC topping the ‘Caps 3-1 at BC Place in 2015.

  • Overall: Vancouver 3 wins (13 goals) … Toronto 3 wins (13 goals) … Ties 1
  • At Vancouver: Vancouver 2 wins (6 goals) … Toronto 1 win (5 goals) … Ties 0

Referees

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Apolinar Mariscal, Mike Rottersman
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford

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Toronto FC

Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Vancouver Whitecaps FCToronto FC
2Games Played2
0Wins0
1Losses0
1Draws2
2Goals2
3Goals Conceded2
11Shots12
3Shots on Target6
25Fouls committed29
23Fouls suffered39
4Offside4
5Corners6

Goals Scored

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TOR1010021
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VAN001002
TOR101001

Goals Conceded

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TOR1010021
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VAN100000
TOR000000
01234+Avg
VAN000103
TOR101001
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