Toronto FC's replenished roster will look to get their season on track when they visit the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
Toronto played the last four games with a depleted lineup, missing as many as nine players due to injuries and international absences. Unsurprisingly, Toronto won just one of those four outings, dropping its record to 1-6-4 over its last 11 games.
For Saturday, however, Toronto FC (6-8-5, 23 points) have almost all of those missing players back, as well as some new acquisitions in the mix.
Defender Omar Gonzalez will make his Toronto FC debut now that his duties for the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup are complete. Striker Patrick Mullins was acquired in a trade with Columbus on Thursday, while newly signed Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo could also be available for selection against Montreal if his transfer paperwork is completed in time.
The influx of talent has left Toronto head coach Greg Vanney and his team "focusing a lot on ourselves right now" rather than on the Impact leading up to the 401 Derby.
"It's one of those (situations) where you're reintroducing everybody to each other, at the same time you're going to go play your rival," Vanney said.
The Impact will get back midfielder Micheal Azira and defender Daniel Lovitz from international duty, which should improve an increasingly shaky defensive unit. After recording seven clean sheets over a 10-match span from April 6 to May 18, Montreal has allowed 17 goals over its last eight games in all competitions.
"We are in a period where we concede too many goals," Impact coach Remi Garde said. "Once again, goals that look the same every week. We really have to correct this."
Montreal (9-9-3, 30 points) has lost its last two games, including a 3-2 home defeat to Minnesota United last Saturday. The Impact's busy week also included a 2-2 draw against CPL side York9 FC in Canadian Championship play on Wednesday.
Ignacio Piatti has been training with the Impact, though he is still questionable to play on Saturday. The midfielder is hopeful of an early return after suffering a knee injury on May 24 that was supposed to sideline him for eight to 12 weeks.
--Field Level Media