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Preview: Toronto FC vs. New York City FC

The Reds take on City Blue in hopes of bouncing back from a tough home loss.

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In the life of a TFC fan, there is only one sure thing: It has to end some time. TFC's loss to Vancouver shouldn't be viewed with alarm, though a few things did happen that are worth mentioning.

Sebastian Giovinco is crazy good.

This fact alone will keep us above the red line. His goals on Saturday were enough to plant him firmly atop TFC's all-time leading scoring list. It also seems like his chances at Euro 2016 are waning, and that means we get to keep him all to ourselves. And angry Gio is effective Gio, which is good because...

Jozy Altidore borrowed his hamstrings from Danny Koevermans.

Which is bad. The US Men's National Team will be without its first-choice striker for Copa America, and TFC expect him to miss 9 games. While the striker's time here has been up and down, and some are beginning to ask pointed questions, TFC decidedly lack a second striking option.

We'll have to wait and see if Vanney decides to go back to the 4-3-3 that had been so effective on the road (though the above mentioned lack of depth pretty much necessitates it), so expect something that looks a bit like this against NYCFC.

football formations

Expect Josh Williams to rotate in and give Perquis a bit of a rest. The Polish international has been great this season, a far cry from his inconsistent form of last year. If Delgado is fit again, he should get the start in central midfield. Jonathan Osorio isn't expected to be ready, and didn't have his most impressive game against Vancouver anyway.

Tactically, this could be an interesting game. David Villa has been scoring for fun, and the Tire Fire that was the NYCFC midfield has been much better over the past two games. Don't look now, but NYCFC are (tied) atop the east, are good on the road, and have a bit of a streak going.

TFC will have to be more disciplined and organized in order to come away with a result.

The game kicks off at 7:00 ET on Wednesday night at BMO Field, and you can catch it on TSN.