This is Toronto FC's starting XI to face Chicago Fire in the MLS

• Lorenzo Insigne returns to the starting lineup for Toronto FC after missing the last few matches
• Prince Owusu is on the bench in Herdman's lineup
• It's Luka Gavran's time in goal for TFC
This is Toronto FC's starting XI to face Chicago Fire in the MLS.
This is Toronto FC's starting XI to face Chicago Fire in the MLS. / SOPA Images/GettyImages

After a long wait to see Toronto FC back in action, the day has come to unveil the 11 players taking the field.

Due to several absences, Herdman's usual lineup won't be available, and he will rely on players who are not regular starters in MLS matches. However, this is the moment to show what the TFC squad is made of.

With several rumors about who will take the field, Luka Gavran has the opportunity to step up in the absence of Sean Johnson (called up for the Copa America with the USA) and showcase his great potential as a goalkeeper. Gavran is undoubtedly the future and the present of Toronto FC as they face this season.

Starting XI for Toronto FC:

  • Luka Gavran
  • Sigurd Rosted
  • Kevin Long
  • Raoul Petretta
  • Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
  • Matthew Longstaff
  • Alonso Coello
  • Deybi Flores
  • Lorenzo Insigne
  • Deandre Kerr
  • Derrick Etienne


  • Greg Ranjitsingh
  • Kobe Franklin
  • Adam Cimermancic
  • Cassius Mailula
  • Aimé Mabika
  • Prince Owusu
  • Kosi Thompson
  • Yasin Ayari

It appears that the 3-5-2 formation remains for John Herdman, who fields a lineup without surprises to face Chicago Fire. Despite the absences, this could easily be Toronto FC's regular starting XI, thanks to the quality of players Herdman has in his squad.

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Here at Toronto Reds, we made our prediction and opinion about the starting lineup for this match, and it seems we weren't far off from John Herdman's reality for this game, especially given the current situation with the club's absences.

Lorenzo Insigne will take the field as the captain of Toronto FC, clearly being the player to lead the team offensively, with formidable support expected from Deybi Flores as he has provided this season. The time has come for Luka Gavran to shine, and Marshall-Rutty, despite his young age, continues to be one of the most positive attacking outlets for TFC, along with today's forwards.

We are set for an exciting match shortly, where the two-week wait to see Toronto FC again has finally ended, and there will be a celebration for The Reds at BMO Field.