Toronto FC continue to be winless in September after a 2-0 loss to New York City FC. Frank Lampard and Patrick Mullins scored for New York as Toronto had no answers for Josh Saunders in goal at Yankee Stadium.
It is the third time Toronto FC have been unable to beat the expansion side this season. They lost their first meeting 2-0 at BMO Field, before a thrilling 4-4 draw in New York.
For the 19th time this season Toronto FC conceded the first goal of the match. This time it was just 20 minutes into the game, with Frank Lampard scoring his first ever MLS goal from a top of the box volley to make it 1-0. Chris Konopka came close on the save, but was distracted by Patrick Mullins in front of goal.
Toronto had several chances as the half wore on, but were unable to take advantage, or get many of them on net. Michael Bradley had a chance in close after some strong build up play, but scuffed it wide. As a result Toronto went into halftime down 1-0.
Fighting from behind, Toronto FC controlled the majority of the second half. But while they had a lot of the ball they were unable to get any dangerous chances. The best once again came off the foot of Michael Bradley, who forced an outstanding double save from Josh Saunders in the New York net.
Saunders was likely New York's player of the game, stopping several good chances from Toronto. However, they did not test him nearly enough, especially from close range.
Toronto then dug themselves in deeper. Allowing Andrea Pirlo a pair of corners, the Italian star didn't make a mistake on his second attempt. He swung a perfect curling ball into the box which met the head of Patrick Mullins to give New York a 2-0 lead.
If the wind wasn't already out of Toronto's sails, that second goal tore those sails off the Toronto ship. A team that was already clearly struggling with confidence issues completely unraveled and never looked likely to score after New York extended their lead.
With the loss Toronto are now 11-4-13, dipping two games below .500. A win for the New England Revolution tonight against the New York Red Bulls means that Toronto are now nine points out of a home MLS playoff game. A win for Montreal later in the night would mean Toronto will be three points out of sixth.
The club is back in action this weekend when they host the lowly Colorado Rapids at BMO Field, all of sudden needing a big win to stop their slide in the Major League Soccer standings.