Starting with the first central midfielder, I’ve gone with Jonathon Osorio. Osorio isn’t necessarily known for his defensive prowess, but he’s a very good, all-around midfield with terrific energy and two-way ability.
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Marky Delgado might suit this position a bit better, but his contract is up after this season and Vanney may plump with someone who will be around for the long haul over a player who probably won’t be with the team come next season. Delgado has been incredibly important to Toronto FC and will be invaluable as a role player, but there is competition for places galore.
Liam Fraser takes the second defensive/central midfield position, but only until Michael Bradley returns from injury. Fraser needs to play more as he’s been hampered at Toronto FC with limited minutes, but Bradley set to miss the first few months of the season, the young Canadian will have the opportunity to string a run of starts together. Delgado can fill in when necessary and Bradley will of course return to the starting XI when fit and firing, but for now, Fraser is handed a starting role.
The final central midfielder is Designated Player Alejandro Pozuelo. Pushed into an attacking midfield position, Pozuelo was Toronto FC’s stellar player last season and one of the premier stars in all of MLS. He starts no matter what.