Sounders hungry for three points against shorthanded Toronto FC
ORLANDO, Fla. – Adrian Heath doesn’t have a second career as a magician, but he admits it may be time to pull a rabbit out of a hat as he takes his Orlando City SC team to Foxborough for the first time for a crucial showdown with the New England Revolution on Saturday.
Heath’s mantra when key players are missing is that it is an opportunity for someone else to step up, and that could not be more true this weekend as the head coach looks to build on last week’s home draw against the Chicago Fire without Kaká (mf 25/9), Cyle Larin(att 21/11) and Darwin Ceren (mf 21/2).
MONTREAL – Designated players Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti and fullback Hassoun Camara are all fit to play for the Montreal Impact, much to the relief of new coach Mauro Biello.
Joking aside, the Montreal native and former Impact star has serious roster issues to resolve with central defenders Laurent Ciman (national team duty with Belgium) and Victor Cabrera (one-game suspension) out of the lineup.
They are also missing midfielder Johan Venegas (Costa Rica) and fullbacks Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon) and Eric Miller (U.S. under-23), as well as two Canadians, midfielder Kyle Bekker and third-string goalie Maxime Crepeau, to international duty.
The Fire, with a win and a draw in their last two league outings, will be missing Ghanian forward David Accam (att 17/7, topscorer)
, American midfielder Matt Polster(25/0)
and Trinidadian fullback Joevin Jones(mf 21/1)
to their national sides.