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Toronto FC Come From Behind for Tie with New York City FC

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Sebastian Giovinco scores late to give the team a big point against New York.

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Toronto FC failed to sweep New York, but were still able to grab a point today at Yankee stadium. After going down 2-0 early they would come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw. The club now have a record of 1 win and 1 draw to start the 2016 season.

David Villa had a pair of goals, one from the penalty spot, to give New York City an early two goal lead. Toronto, however, would would fight back as Damien Perquis scored just before halftime, and Sebastian Giovinco would tie the game late.

After struggling to settle into the match, things started to go wrong for Toronto around the 20 minute mark. Marky Delgado brought down Thomas McNamara in the box to give New York a penalty in the 23rd minute. David Villa would step up to the spot and make no mistake, beating Clint Irwin to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Villa would double New York's lead four minutes later in controversial fashion. Toronto would fail to clear a free kick from Andrea Pirlo, and the ball would fall to Villa in front of goal. He would volley it into the back of the net to put New York up 2-0. The goal should have been called back, however, as Villa brought the ball down with his arm.

Toronto, however, would cut the lead in half just before the halftime whistle. Damien Perquis would get on the end of a Sebastian Giovinco free kick to make it 2-1. It was the last kick of the half and New York City led 2-1 going into the halftime break.

When the match resumed Toronto struggled to break down New York on the small Yankee Stadium pitch. The club continued to struggle on the ball at times, especially transitioning from the defense to offense.

They would continue to press, however, and would eventually take their chance. Some quality build up play would see the ball find Giovinco outside the New York box. In his signature fashion, he would beat a New York defender before finishing the ball across goal to tie the match 2-2.

Toronto would hold on for the draw, and now have four points from their opening two matches. They will try to build on a strong start to the season when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park.