The New York Red Bulls gathered four points during their double game week and are holding onto sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. They have been in great form: unbeaten in their last five games and now have a tough challenge ahead of themselves on Saturday. Toronto FC have been a bit inconsistent, but when they are on, they are very tough to beat. Here are their top performers of the season:
Joe Bendik (GK, 40 points; 1 clean sheet): Bendik and Chris Konopka (55 points) have each played in 11 games this season for Toronto. Bendik's minor foot injury turned into major playing time for Konopka, but it shouldn't matter too much for the Red Bulls. Toronto have given up 38 goals which is 3rd highest in all of MLS.
Damien Perquis (DEF, 69 points; 4 clean sheets, 5 yellow cards): Perquis missed TFC's last game against Sporting KC due to yellow card accumulation, so he'll be excited to get back in the XI. He has only missed three games all year for Le Rouge. He and Justin Morrow (65 points) will be the leaders to try and stop the Red Bull attack.
Sebastian Giovinco (MID, 176 points; 16 goals, 11 assists): The Atomic Ant has really been killing it this season. As the stats say, he has been involved in 27 of the teams 37 goals this season. Also, Giovinco is MLS' leading fantasy point scorer by a large margin (15 more points than #2). He is on a stretch of eight goals in six games, including two hat tricks. Very impressive. Dax & Felipe will have to do their best to stop him first before thinking about offense. Don't forget about Michael Bradley (77 points) who has 3 goals and 3 assists of his own.
Jozy Altidore (FWD, 65 points; 7 goals, 2 penalties earned): The other USMNT player on Toronto needs no introduction. Altidore was a member of the Red Bulls in 2006-2008, scoring 15 goals before shipping off to his 7.5 year European tour. He has a very physical and distinctive style of play. He'll look to play with his back to goal and lay off passes to his midfielders, or make through ball runs. Matt Miazga and Damien Perrinelle: beware.