This Thursday, enjoy two high action MLS matches. Watch teams fighting to get the top place in their respective clubs. Catch all the MLS action live on DSPORT.

Match 1

Teams: Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC

Kick-off: 5:00 am on Thursday, Orlando City Stadium – Orlando, Florida

Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSPORT, this Thursday

Season Goal Leaders: Orlando City– Cyle Larin (8 Goals), Toronto FC – Jozy Altidore (7 Goals)

On Thursday, Orlando City SC will host Toronto FC at the Orlando City Stadium – Orlando, Florida. The match kicks off at 5:00 am on Thursday and will be telecasted live on DSport.

Orlando City finally ended their winless road streak with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake last week. Now they are all set to host Toronto FC, one of the deadliest sides in the East, who trail conference (and Supporters’ Shield) leaders Chicago Fire by only two points. They might be starting a little bit after a 3-1 loss at FC Dallas, but that comes as a relative speed bump. They’re still the recently minted Canadian champs, after all, and are currently unabashed in their quest for a treble. Expect sparks to fly.

There are a few major points to note from the outing at Real Salt Lake. First, of course, the big one: Cyle Larin returned to the fold after missing three games and undergoing the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, following a DUI on June 15.

The results in Orlando, in any event, will matter big to Toronto, who could already be seriously battling the Chicago Fire for this year’s Supporters’ Shield. Plenty in the race for that silverware will ride on their meeting on August 19; now is the time for contenders to rack up as many points as possible.

Orlando City SC

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT – M – Carlos Rivas (sprained ankle)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Joe Bendik (GK) – Scott Sutter, Jose Aja, Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia – Will Johnson, Cristian Higuita – Antonio Nocerino, Kaká, Giles Barnes – Cyle Larin

Toronto FC

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: M – Armando Cooper (Panama); M – Raheem Edwards (Canada), M – Jonathan Osorio (Canada), M – Tosaint Ricketts (Canada); D – Justin Morrow (USA)
  • Injury Report: OUT: D – Nick Hagglund (torn MCL), D – Steven Beitashour (abdominal injury)
  • Projected Starting XI (3-5-2, right to left): Alex Bono(GK) – Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga – Oyvind Alseth, Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley, Benoit Cheyrou, Ashtone Morgan – Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco,

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Orlando 1 win, 6 goals; Toronto 5 wins, 17 goals; 1 draw
  • At Orlando: Orlando 1 win (4 goals) … Toronto 2 wins (6 goals) … Draws 0

Match 2

Teams: Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire

Kick-off: 8:00 am on Thursday, Providence Park – Portland, Ore.

Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSPORT, this Thursday

Season Goal Leaders: Portland Timbers – Diego Valeri (10 Goals), Chicago Fire– Nemanja Nikolic (16 Goals)

In the second MLS match on Thursday, Portland Timbers will take on Chicago Fire at their home ground Providence Park – Portland, Ore. The match kicks off at 08:00 am on Thursday and will be telecasted live on DSport.

The Fire leads the East, and the Supporters Shield race as well. The Timbers are in a current 2-5-3 run of form and have fallen off since the hot start to the season. The Chicago Fire’s high-scoring forward Nemanja Nikolic has only played once on turf since joining MLS – but he netted one of his 16 goals this season in that match, a 2-1 victory at New England on June 17.

Chicago Fire, the season’s most dramatic turnaround team are on a 10-match unbeaten run in MLS play heading into Thursday’s meeting at Providence Park – and they’ve won eight of those 10 to go atop the Supporters’ Shield standings.

Both teams have performed quite well in their last matches and will be desperate to win tomorrow’s match to upgrade their position in their respective Conferences.

Portland Timbers

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: M David Guzman (Costa Rica, Gold Cup), M Darren Mattocks (Jamaica, Gold Cup), D Alvas Powell (Jamaica, Gold Cup)
  • Injury Report: OUT – D Gbenga Orokoyo (Achilles’ tear, out for the season); M Jack Barmby (ankle injury); D Liam Ridgewell (quad injury); D Amobi Okugo (knee injury); M Diego Chara (hamstring injury); QUESTIONABLE: M Darlington Nagbe (hamstring injury); D Chance Myers (hamstring injury)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Jake Gleeson – Marco Farfan, Lawrence Olum, Roy Miller, Vytautas Andriuskeviscius – Ben Zemanski, Darlington Nagbe – Dairon Asprilla, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco – Fanendo Adi
  • Notes: The Timbers will be happy to be home, given their draw at Sporting KC last weekend extended their road winless streak to seven games. With their injuries and international absences, Portland will have only five field players on the bench, and only one of those, 18-year-old Marco Farfan, has played significant minutes this season.

Chicago Fire

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: Dax McCarty (US, Gold Cup)
  • Injury Report: OUT – M John Goossens (right ankle surgery 3/4, out 5-6 months); GK Jorge Bava (left elbow tendinitis) F David Arshakyan (right ankle injury); QUESTIONABLE – M Bastian Schweinsteiger (right hip)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Matt Lampson – Matt Polster, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juhninho – Luis Solignac, Michael de Leeuw, David Accam – Nemanja Nikolic

Notes: Nemanja Nikolic has scored a goal in four consecutive games for the Fire, while Michael de Leeuw’s goal in the victory over Vancouver was his first of the season. Matt Polster had two assists vs. Vancouver – the first two-assist game of his career – and now has three assists in his last two games and a career-high four on the season.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: POR 4 wins (12 goals) … CHI 0 wins (7 goals) … Ties 3
  • At POR: POR 3 wins (8 goals) … CHI 0 wins (4 goals) … Ties 1

Source: MLS 

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