Toronto (4-5-1) has a $20 million player salary, and a fifth-place-in-the-East standing to show for it. Their high expectations are falling flat, and they are playing like a team afraid of losing, rather than a team who wants to win.
Unfortunately TFC bought into the Michael Bradley hype. Bradley earned his USMNT spot because his dad was coaching, gained international exposure because Donovan and Dempsey were carrying the team, and when he had to play on his own in Rome, he was mediocre. Toronto signed him, and he continues to be mediocre. While he was active, Jozy Altidore was scoring some goals, but now is out on injury. All they really have is Sebastian Giovinco (who leads Toronto in both goals and assists, and is second in the league in shots), and as long as our defense contains him, we should have a shut-out. Look out for 2010 World Cup vet Robbie Findley, who is questionable to play, and Benoit Cheyrou, who will try to set up Giovinco in the box. Also keep an eye out for former Quake Justin Morrow at right back (we miss you, Justin!!).
I expect TFC to run a 4-3-1-2 (remember what I said about playing like a team afraid of losing?) with Bradley as the CAM, Findley and Giovinco as the forwards.
In terms of a Quakes formation, the Armchair Analyst pretty much hits it on the head: the Quakes don’t really play a consistent formation, save Wondo as NOT the #9 forward (see graphic in the middle of the article) and MPG as the #10. However, things might be changing since Jahn got the hook last game due to under-performance and Sherrod is ready to play.
I am predicting a 4-3-3 starting formation which will morph into 4-5-1 craziness. Bingham in goal, Wynne, Goodson, Bernardez, and Stewart on the back line, Wondo, Shea, and JJ Koval at mid, Shea, Sanna, and Jahn up top. I would expect to see Meredith, Cato, Stephenson, Renato, Pierazzi, and Fucito on the bench. They have room for a seventh player, but everyone else is gone or injured!
Ineligible Quakes Players
- Tommy Thompson – USMNT U-20 Call Up
- Fatai Alasshe – USMNT U-23 Call Up
- Innocent – Injury
- Lenny – Injury
- Francis – Injury (no longer a concussion, but facial fracture!)
- Barrera (either this is a new injury, or he’s cleared to play and the injury report forgot to take him off the list)
The best viewing party is at Avaya. LOBINA will be open! The game starts at 2pm.
The SF Athletic Club in the city always hosts a Quakes viewing party, so if you can’t make it down, consider joining other Quakes fans in the city.
Final Score Prediction
Don’t know what’s happening with Jahn and Sherrod, and Wondo will be contained. I’m expecting Shea to get the game-winner 1-0. Go Quakes!