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Toronto FC’s assault on the Eastern Conference continues with a road date against Orlando City SC. They are currently seven points behind the conference leaders Philadelphia Union, but have two games in hand and can start to make up that ground with a win here.
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The key to victory for Toronto FC here is simply to not overlook their opponent. All the signs point toward this being a routine win. Orlando City are 3-8-3 this season, and we thoroughly dominated them last season. But Toronto are currently on a crucial stretch of five games in 14 days, and they can’t afford to coast through any of their matches.
If they don’t show signs of fatigue in this match, they will in the all-important second leg of the Canadian Championship Final, which is probably why Greg Vanney will go with a lineup of mostly bench players while playing a tentative game. As such, getting an early goal will be crucial if they want to get a win.
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