May 24, 2018 / 10:57 PM / 9 months ago

Toronto FC get Giovinco back against road warrior FC Dallas

Toronto FC will gain a forward but lose a goalkeeper for their home match against FC Dallas on Friday.

Standout striker Sebastian Giovinco returns after serving a suspension that caused him to sit out the 2-1 win against Orlando City on May 18. Giovinco has two goals and four assists in seven games for Toronto (3-6-1) this season.

Goalkeeper Alex Bono will miss the match against FC Dallas (4-1-5) because he was called to the U.S. National Team and is expected to start the friendly versus Bolivia in Philadelphia on Monday.

Bono, who is 2-4-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average and one shutout, will be replaced by Clint Irwin (1-2-0, 2.67).

“He’s a guy we need to get back in there anyway,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said of Irwin. “He’s been fantastic in training and it’s a good opportunity for Clint to get back out there.”

Dallas is 1-0-2 in the past three games but on Saturday allowed two late goals, including a penalty in the 10th minute of second-half stoppage time, in a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Defender Reto Ziegler (suspended) returns to the lineup as Dallas starts a stretch with four of the next six games away from Toyota Stadium, where it has a 3-0-4 record.

“This is a big opportunity for us to compete against a good side, but to also find our own rhythm,” Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said.

Toronto was 13-1-3 at BMO Field during the 2017 regular season, but the defending MLS Cup champions already have two losses and a tie in six home matches this season.

“Their record is not indicative of who they are and where they’re at,” Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead said. “We know we’ve got our work cut out but we fancy our chances against one of the best teams in the league.”

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