Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls: Game Thread


Are you expecting bad things to happen? Yeah, so are we.

2013 MLS Season, Game 20
4pm, July 20, 2013
BMO Field, Toronto


Referee Jorge Gonzalez
Assistants Claudio Badea, Matthew Kreitzer, Silviu Petrescu
Last Meeting 4/21/2012 (Toronto), TFC 1-2 NY
All-Time Head to Head TFC 4, NY 9, Ties 3
Toronto Head to Head TFC 3, NY 3, Ties 3
Weather Cloudy Periods, 27°C
Wind NW 14 km/h

Maybe it's just me, but lately every time I watch a TFC game, that Hives song comes into my mind...that one where they talk about the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again? Well, it kinda feels like that, doesn't it?

Just like before, the team dumps a ton of players, only to hear crickets back. Oh sure, there are the rumours that stretch from Argentina all the way to Australia. Yes, we here at Waking the Red are waiting so patiently for some sort of transfer news, we're starting to speculate how OTHER teams' transfers can affect our own. Great reading for sure, but gets boring in our state-of-the-art newsroom.

Anyway, back to our game at hand. No major roster changes from New York or from Toronto, other than the fact that Roy Miller is still at the Gold Cup with Costa Rica, while Doneil Henry and Reggie Lambe are back. The goalscorer from last time Jonathan Osorio is back too from Canada duty, but Danny Koevermans is out and Robert Earnshaw is nursing a sore hamstring. Just what we need to snap a 8-game undefeated streak, right?

Especially with a Tim Cahill-and-Thierry Henry led team visiting that last week decimated Montreal 4-0 at Red Bull Arena, followed by a 2-2 draw with Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly. The names of that team, pretty formidable: Peguy Luyindula, Lloyd Sam and Jonny Steele (I'm sorry, I can't help but giggle like a schoolgirl at that name...) even if they don't seem that formidable. It's a crazy good team.

Yes, the Reds haven't beaten New York since the days of Pablo Vitti, believe it or not. And it's probably not going to happen today, either. Maybe it will, but hey...if you're ballsy enough to put your money where your mouth is, well...then we invite you to put your crystal ball to the test. But for everyone, join us here to follow the match -- we'll have news as it comes down the wire -- in all its glory, followed by a post-match report. It'll be ever so much fun on a bun!

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