Toronto FC Vs. Chicago Fire: Match Preview

Posted In Match Previews and Reviews - By Evan C. Jones On Friday, May 13th, 2011 With 0 Comments

This matchup of current Eastern Conference cellar dwellers happens Saturday night; three points separate the Chicago Fire from the seventh place Toronto FC. The Reds are welcoming the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd, where in four away matches Toronto has salvaged one point. The team got back on track last week with a 2-1 win over Houston but will hit the road again right after the Fire leave town, with three upcoming matches in the next 12 days.

New Fire signee Cristian Nazarit will be travelling with the team to BMO Field. “Nazarit is working hard,” Chicago head coach Carlos de los Cobos said. “He doesn’t have the ideal level of fitness, but he’s coming with us and he’ll start on the bench. … I think it’s good for him and for the team for him to put him on the roster, to travel and to adapt to the game.” The 20-year-old Colombian has been tapped to come off the bench.

TFC player to watch: Javier Martina. The Curacon forward must find his scoring touch to help carry the Reds, or else it’s going to be a long year in Toronto.

Fire player(s) to watch: Daniel Paladini, Corben Bone and Gastón Puerari. In light of captain Logan Pause’s hamstring injury, de los Cobos will be relying on this midfield trio to dictate play and anchor the team.

Prediction: Toronto builds off their strong performance in Houston and channels the home crowd for a 2-0 win.

About Evan C. Jones - Evan C. Jones is a writer for The Allocation Order. He also covers Tottenham Hotspur for in addition to freelance writing.

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