Toronto won once in 10 tries before the international break and so made a coaching change, replacing Aron Winter with Paul Mariner.
|Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Cesar, Sinovic; Nagamura, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Bunbury.
OUT: MF Korede Aiyegbusi (R knee sprain); DF Matt Besler (appendicitis); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Eric Kronberg (lower back strain); MF Luke Sassano (L knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Bobby Convey (R calf strain); MF Paulo Nagamura (R abductor strain); FW Jacob Peterson (R ankle sprain)
|Toronto FC (4-4-2): Kocic; Eckersley, Cann, Henry, Morgan; Lambe, De Guzman, Frings, Plata; Koevermans, Johnson.
OUT: DF Ty Harden (R adductor strain); FW Nicholas Lindsay (L knee surgery recovery); GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Aaron Maund (R eye hyphema); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); DF Logan Emory (shoulder subluxation)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- During the international break, Toronto FC fired Aron Winter and replaced him with Paul Mariner. TFC coaches have a poor 1-4-1 record in debuts.
- Part of the reason for the managerial switch: Toronto has the worst record in the league, with only three points. Sporting KC is third in the East with 25 points from 12 games.
- The respective goalkeepers are also at opposite ends of the spectrum. Jimmy Nielsen has the lowest goals-against average (0.83) of any MLS goalkeepers who have played 10 games. Milos Kocic's 2.10 GAA is the highest in that group.
- Graham Zusi is second in the league with seven assists.
- In the six games played between these two sides in Kansas City, Sporting has only dropped points once. Toronto has yet to earn any points away in 2012.