Friday, May 7, 2010

Preview: Fire at Toronto FC

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos had to move a few pieces around to find the appropriate starting group and formation early on this season. For Toronto FC head coach Preki, it was quite a different story for his most recent roster shuffling.

Last week against defending champion Real Salt Lake, Preki benched one of the league's top goal scorers in Dwayne De Rosario and designated player Julian de Guzman in a more defensive setup. It resulted in a 2-1 loss to RSL.

Preki has made some significant personnel moves this year, particularly with the look of his defensive back line. Toronto had a midweek match against USSF D-II's Montreal Impact, which is the only -- somewhat -- logical reasoning for not going with his top talent.

Don't expect Preki to sit De Rosario and de Guzman this Saturday when Chicago (2-2-2, 8 points) and Toronto (2-4-0, 6 points) square off at BMO Field for a 3 p.m. match.

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