If Toronto FC want to sweep New York to start the 2016 MLS season, they will have to do so without a couple of bristles. After beating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 last weekend, a win against New York City FC would mean the club has beaten both New York sides in the space of two weeks.
In order to do so, however, they will have to overcome a couple of injuries to their strike force. Jozy Altidore once again looks doubtful for the game this weekend with a hamstring strain. Now it appears Daniel Lovitz will be missing the game with concussion-like symptoms after an injury suffered in training.
Altidore missed the club's first match of the season last Sunday, but Lovitz started on the left side of attack alongside Sebastian Giovinco and Tsubasa Endoh. Without Lovitz, Toronto FC will have to introduce a new player into the attack.
This will likely be Marky Delgado, who had a strong second half after being introduced against the New York Red Bulls. He scored the second goal of the match and generally had a strong performance in the match.
Mo Babouli is another option, or Jordan Hamilton if he is healthy. The pair of young Canadians only share 14 minutes of experience, all Hamilton, between them. Babouli only signed a senior team deal earlier this season, and was on the bench last week against the New York Red Bulls.
Toronto FC rid themselves of some of their striker depth when they got rid of Luke Moore and Herculez Gomez this offseason, both of whom they waived. Rumours have it the club could be in the market for another striker, possibly to bring in this summer, but right now the team's strike force is razor thin.
The match will be played on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.