Who does lineups right, and why does Toronto FC always start Jozy Altidore in net?
Not all social media lineup cards are created equal. At minimum, they're supposed to tell a viewer at a glance who is playing that day. Some of them do a very good job of this, while others barely meet that requirement.
Sebastian Giovinco needed plenty of assistance to leave the field right before halftime at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, but it appears the Toronto FC forward is going to be fine, according to TFC head coach Greg Vanney.
"He's okay," Vanney said. "He's sore. It was a contusion on the IT band around the side of the leg.
Crew SC are unique among MLS clubs in terms of their tactical approach.
The majority of MLS teams play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Just four of the 22 clubs — D.C. United, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC — use something other than one of those formations as their main look.
Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth
MLS Cup finalists of last season Toronto FC unveiled their 2017 adidas home kit during Friday's President's Breakfast . Available soonatWorld Soccer Shop, Kitbag and UK Soccer Shop, the Toronto FC 2017 home kitnew featuresred mélange fabric combined with dark grey sleeves consistent with previous jerseys.
Toronto FC has been expectedly quiet during the winter, but they made a significant splash on Monday morning.
TFC has officially unveiled the signing of Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez using targeted allocation money. The 30-year-old most recently played for Cruz Azul in Liga MX and will provide even more experience in TFC's midfield this upcoming season.
Key results, highlights, and standings from around the league.
Welcome to the world where Seattle Sounders discovery list players dominate for teams that are not called the Seattle Sounders. Miguel Almiron had an assist in Atlanta United's 4-nil win over the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Blanco went 90, but it was Adi and Valeri who powered the Portland Timbers in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
We spoke with James Grossi of Waking the Red, SB Nation's Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming season opener between the Union and TFC.
Eugene Rupinski,Brotherly Game) One of the biggest things I noticed aboutToronto FCin their match againstReal Salt Lakewas that it was the exact same lineup that played against the Seattle Soundersin the MLS Cup Final.
After a rough start to the season, our gold star crosses the border in search of it's first points of the year
The Seattle Sounders are heading on the road for the second straight week and are looking to bounce back from the season opening 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. This week, the Sounders are headed north of the border as they take on the Montreal Impact.
Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.
The Union gain their second point of the season after an exciting match with Toronto.
The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC split the points tonight, as they were both able to score two goals a piece. The Union opened the scoring in the 11th minute of this one, as new striker Jay Simpson opened his Union scoring account with a low header after a cross into the box from Fabian Herbers was nodded on by Chris Pontius.
CHESTER, PA The match took every twist and turn possible was left without a final happy ending for either side on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium, as the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw.
The first half featured a debut goal, two penalties and a pair of injuries to starting forwards, while the second half included goals a minute apart in the battle of Eastern Conference foes.
These are the things that will need to happen for the Union to get a good result.
1.) Watch for the mismatch: Last year, Toronto FC had a field day against the Union. They lined Sebastian Giovinco up on their left (the Philadelphia Union's right) and Jozy Altidore on their right (Union's left).
Last year's Eastern Conference Champions come to Talen Energy Stadium for the Philadelphia Union's home opener. Here is everything you need to know about the match, from previews and press conference to reviews and reactions.
Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC
Time: 4:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM CST, 1:30 PM PST, 9:30 AM UTC
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Television: US - CSN Philly, Canada - TSN 4 and 5
Streaming: TSN GO, MLS Live (Subscription Only)
Referees: REF: MARK GEIGER AR1: Logan Brown AR2: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho 4TH: Jose Carlos Rivero
All-time Record: 6-6-5, 4 GD
What Toronto will look like:
The team that bounced the Union out of the playoffs last season make their return to Talen Energy Stadium on the back of a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on opening weekend.
The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.
Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.
Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.
When the Revolution drafted defender Jordan McCrary 10th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, many fans expected him to fill a long-term hole along the back line. And this made sense: With McCrary and Chris Tierney starting out wide, Andrew Farrell could permanently move to center back.
Toronto FC's 2016 season ended scoreless, as the team's high-powered attack was shutout to rob the team of an MLS Cup. In Saturday's season opener, they were held quiet again as the Eastern Conference powerhouse settled for just one point against a Western Conference foe.
The past few preseasons have provided false hope by way of positive exhibition results coming into league play, but this 6-0-0 run from the Fire has a slightly different feel to it. This version of the Fire concluded training camp with its most impressive result so far, a 4-1 defeat of defending Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC.
Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.
D.C. United continues their preseason against a USL team
D.C. United is back in action this afternoon, taking on St. Louis FC of the USL in their second match of the Suncoast Invitational. United showed some good signs during their 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact, even if the score line itself doesn't reflect that; they will look to build on that and try and put together a complete performance as they ramp up for the season.