Toronto FC arrives with a significant absence to face FC Cincinnati

In another MLS matchday, Toronto FC will be without one of their most important players as they host Cincinnati at BMO Field.
Toronto FC Suffers Key Loss Ahead of FC Cincinnati Clash.
Toronto FC Suffers Key Loss Ahead of FC Cincinnati Clash. / Anadolu/GettyImages

The great season Toronto FC is having is thanks to the direction provided by John Herdman, whose arrival to TFC's bench has greatly improved the club, both in terms of performance and mentality to face every match, whether in the Canadian Championship or the MLS.

For this occasion, in MLS Matchday 16, Toronto FC will have to face FC Cincinnati at home without their star player, Federico Bernardeschi. The Italian will miss the MLS match due to accumulated yellow cards after receiving one at the 91st minute in the match against CF Montreal.

John Herdman expressed his delight with Bernardeschi's performance but highlighted the misfortune of receiving a yellow card late in the match, which will impact the team for this fixture.

"After scoring his first goal, he has been incredible... However, it's a big loss because it changes the dynamics of our attacking game."

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In addition to this significant absence, John Herdman recently mentioned how such absences and injuries continue to affect the club despite their excellent form at this stage of the season. His statement leaned towards the point that Toronto FC with a fully fit squad can be unstoppable.

"I can't wait to see this entire team play together. I think there are still levels to TFC, and I hope we can find them in the next 3 or 4 weeks and keep pushing."

John Herdman

In the clash against Cincinnati, it will be important to take precautionary measures against one of the best teams in the MLS. It is expected that Herdman will devise a strategy to counter the visitors' attack and secure the 3 points in this crucial match for the Eastern Conference.