Both Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls will be a bit short-handed when they resume MLS play.
The Red Bulls will be out for revenge after their 10-match unbeaten streak over visiting Toronto was snapped earlier this season as these teams meet Friday night.
Toronto FC (6-4-1) is missing star midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who are with the United States and Brazil at the World Cup. New York (4-5-6) will be missing defender Roy Miller, who is with Costa Rica.
One player who also may not see action for New York is Tim Cahill, who scored twice in two games for Australia before he was suspended for the Socceroos' final group match. Australia has been eliminated, but coach Mike Petke said he was hesitant to use Cahill, who scored one of the World Cup's most spectacular goals with a flying volley against Netherlands.
"That's Timmy," Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen said. "Timmy's been scoring that type of goal his whole career and that's why New York's so lucky to have him."
The New Zealand-born Nelsen is very familiar with Cahill from his playing days, and Toronto's coach also expects New York to be fired up Friday. The Red Bulls were enjoying a 7-0-3 run over TFC in which they outscored the Canadian club 25-5 before falling 2-0 on May 17.
"It was a really, really good performance," Nelsen said. "New York will have a lot of motivation in all honesty in order to put one back on us at their home field and I've got a real sense that everyone is really desperate to play a game after the break."
The Red Bulls are 7-1-0 all-time at home against Toronto with five straight wins by a combined score of 17-1. They expect to have Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave back after both missed a 2-0 victory at New England on June 8 because the match was on artificial turf.
Toronto's win over New York started a 3-0-1 surge capped by a 1-0 home win over San Jose on June 7.
That match marked Dominic Oduro's club debut as a substitute one day after he was acquired from Columbus. Oduro could make his first start with Toronto and insists he wants to make a mark in Canada after he was seen sporting a Mohawk with a red streak in it during training this week.
"I just want to entertain people," he said. "This sport is all about entertainment and why not entertain with my hair. That's how I see it so I just want to do something crazy to my hair almost every home game - if my hair will let me."
Toronto's attack will be keyed by English forward Jermain Defoe, who has a team-best seven goals and scored the first one in the earlier meeting with New York. His countryman, Bradley Wright-Phillips, leads MLS with 11 goals for the Red Bulls.
New York will be without midfielder Dax McCarty, out with a fractured kneecap.
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