MLS Preview: Toronto FC - FC Dallas

It's a clash of the FCs, an encounter Dallas has traditionally dominated, winning five and drawing three of the last eight meetings. However, Toronto may feature Torsten Frings.


Toronto FC (4-3-3): Frei; Gargan, Iro, Harden, Borman; Dunfield, de Guzman, Frings; Johnson, Santos, Soolsma.


OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); DF Adrian Cann (R knee sprain); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Julian de Guzman (L knee swelling); FW Maicon Santos (R hamstring strain); MF Terry Dunfield (R adductor strain)

FC Dallas (4-1-4-1): Hartman; Loyd, John, Ihemelu, Benitez; Hernandez; Jackson, Alexander, Villar, Shea; Chavez.


OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Maykel Galindo (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Andrew Jacobson (R hamstring); DF Zach Loyd (R knee strain)

  • Toronto FC's new Designated Player signings Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans could make their debuts following the opening of the international transfer window.

  • Other new players for TFC who could see the field include Andy Iro (Columbus Crew), Ryan Johnson (San Jose Earthquakes) and Terry Dunfield (Vancouver Whitecaps), after they joined via trade this week. Toronto management and fans will hope the players can help put a stop to a skid which has included four defeats in the last five matches.
  • Toronto took the first encounter in a 4-0 win and hasn't tasted victory in the eight matches against FC Dallas since, losing five times and drawing thrice. Schellas Hyndman has never lost to Toronto.
  • Following a two-week break, Toronto is tied for seventh in the East, with 18 points. Dallas has nearly double the amount of points, 35, and sits in third in the West.
  • FCD's Fabian Castillo will miss the match through international duty with the Colombia U20 team.
  • Kevin Hartman posted a clean sheet against D.C. United Saturday, his 10th of the season. One more and he will tie his personal season best (LA Galaxy, 1999) and the Dallas record (Matt Jordan, 1999)
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