New England (10-9-6) at Toronto FC (4-12-9), 7 p.m. The New England Revolution will attempt to maintain their playoff position with a positive result against Toronto FC at BMO Field on Friday.
The Revs improved to 36 points on the season thanks to a resounding 5-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, a result that was good enough to lift New England to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The flattering scoreline could have been construed by many as the Revs making a statement, but head coach Jay Heaps was adamant that the only definitive statement he wants his team to make is getting into the postseason.
"No, I've got to be honest with you, we need points," Heaps said after the match. "Statement is when you make the playoffs and do well in the playoffs. So for us we are trying to get points. We need to continue to get points at home and right the record at home. We've felt like we let games slip away here and we need to right that ship."
One of the home games Heaps was alluding to was a 1-0 loss to Toronto at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 4.
It was just Toronto's fourth win of the season, but the Reds have not tasted victory since that contest, taking just one point from its last three matches.
But while New England will be hoping to avenge that home defeat, TFC will be buoyed by the potential return of midfielder Jonathan Osorio. The 21-year-old picked up an ankle injury in Toronto's 1-1 draw with D.C. United at the weekend but has responded well to some immediate treatment and could see the pitch at BMO Field on Friday.
"Jonathan Osorio is fit and ready to go," TFC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday. "Besides Matias Laba and Danny Koevermans, we are a very healthy team, which is nice for competition in the squad."
Toronto, in ninth place in the East on 21 points, is out of the playoff race for all intents and purposes, but that does not mean that the Canadian club cannot play the role of the spoiler down the stretch.
"We are looking to finish the season strong and are looking at the remaining games as a nine game season," Osorio told MLSsoccer.com. "We want to build momentum and start next year's preseason knowing that we can do really well in this league."