Toronto FC's Absences for a New MLS Matchday

• Key absences for TFC in this match vs. Orlando City
• A must-win game for both teams
• The Italian duo needs to step up to create more scoring opportunities for Toronto FC
Toronto FC's Absences for a New MLS Matchday
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For this occasion, on matchday 24 of the MLS, Toronto FC will face Orlando City in a match where they must get points to stay in the race in the Eastern Conference.

After a very negative June for John Herdman's team, July looks like it could be a better month for Toronto FC, as they hope for a period full of hard work and victories. However, they are still struggling with several weaknesses, particularly in the defensive zone, and uncontrollable issues like injuries.

Currently, three players are injured and completely ruled out for the upcoming match against Orlando City at BMO Field. In addition to these three injuries, Kevin Long will miss this game due to yellow card accumulation. Moreover, Richie Laryea, Jonathan Osorio, and Sean Johnson will also miss the match due to their participation in the Copa América.

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It is worth noting that the United States has already been eliminated from the group stage, so Sean Johnson is expected to return to Toronto FC between this week and the next.

Here are the absences:

  • Coello - Thigh
  • Spicer - Low Back
  • Servania - Knee
  • Long - Yellow Card Accumulation
  • Laryea - International Duty
  • Osorio - International Duty
  • Sean - International Duty

This is the moment for Lorenzo Insigne, who is also the team's captain under John Herdman, to step up. It is expected that during this week's few training sessions, they have worked on the defensive errors that continue to be critical for Toronto FC.

As has been noted for several matchdays, the three-man defensive line is not working. It would be best for Toronto FC to readjust the starting eleven with a tactical scheme focusing on four defenders. The match has a very interesting preview, and both teams are fighting to stay in the playoff zone, in TFC's case, and for Orlando City to enter the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.