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Toronto FC vows to keep attacking at RSL

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Toronto FC, in need of reviving its offense, will have a short turnaround when it plays at Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon and will be looking for all scoring options to be on the field.

Forward Jozy Altidore was scratched from Wednesday’s home match against D.C. United with a heel issue, and the Reds are hopeful he will be ready to play Saturday.

TFC has 12 goals in Altidore’s four starts. It has 10 goals in the seven games in which he has not played or come off the bench.

Toronto (5-4-2, 17 points) took a much-needed point in Wednesday’ 0-0 tie against D.C. United, ending a two-game losing streak. While TFChas scored just one goal over the past three games, the sense is that the attacking style of play shown this week is what the coaches want.

Toronto FC dominated the run of play against D.C. United and forced goalkeeper Bill Hamid into 12 saves after taking 36 shots.

“I thought in terms of putting the game on our terms, being aggressive, playing in their half, trying to win the ball back quickly, re-pressing, doing it over and over again for 90 minutes, I thought we were very, very good,” midfielder Michael Bradley said.

Real Salt Lake (4-6-1, 13 points) will enter off a 3-2 victory at Colorado and will be rested after that match last Saturday. RSL thought it had turned a corner with consecutive mid-April victories, but then came two tough defeats to the Los Angeles Galaxy and the resurgent Portland Timbers.

RSL will appreciate playing this one in front of the home fans since it has had just four home games, compared to seven on the road. And it will be ready for Toronto’s attacking style.

“I just think defensively, we are in a really good (spot),” midfielder Sebastian Saucedo said.

“We have great guys in the back, but in the attack, we have special players and we showed that against Colorado. Defensively, we gave up things that shouldn’t have, but we take the best of the (game) tape and move forward.”

While RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman (hamstring) is listed as doubtful, midfielder Everton Luiz (knee) and goalkeeper Nick Rimando (knee) are questionable.

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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