FT — That’s it. Let’s never speak of this night again.
91’ New York Red Bulls 2-0 Toronto FC — AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Kemar Lawrence scores from inside the box to put it away. END THIS NIGHT.
89’ — Justin Morrow gets a red card. A dumb game goes from bad to worse.
85’ — In the words of Jeffrey P. Nesker: this game is SO frustrating. TFC haven’t been able to challenge the NYRB net like the could in the first half, and Alejandro Pozuelo just picked up a yellow card.
65’ — THEY PUT BENEZET ON! For Shaffelburg.
60’ — Put Benezet on you cowards
59’ — AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA DANIEL ROYER SKIES IT
57’ — Almost immediately after scoring, NYRB win a penalty because Jonathan Osorio carelessly chopped a guy down on the edge of the box.
55’ NYRB 1-0 Toronto FC — Ugh. The Red Bulls work in a ball from the flank and an attempted pass across goal deflects off Chris Mavinga into the net. Tough way for the scoring to be opened.
HT — Half. TFC could be ahead, but they’re not. Hopefully they will be at some point.
44’ — God dammit, Shaffelburg gets robbed by Luis Robles in front of goal. He probably should’ve put it closer to the post, though...
42’ — Alejandro Pozuelo puts a shot that’s saved off the post. Wins a corner.
38’ — Jacob Shaffelburg
30’ — Pozuelo with a pretty sore miss. TFC have probably been the better side over half an hour, perhaps unlucky not to be up.
20’ — Ughhhhhhhhhh. Jozy Altidore scores with a sick flick over the top of the NYRB keeper, but he’s ruled offside.
2’ — Took me a full two minutes to realize TFC were in white.
1’ — Here we go! TFC play toward the right of my TV for the first half.
A pretty strong lineup, and Nicolas Benezet makes the bench!
New York Red Bulls:
There are guys here I have never heard of.
Returning to MLS action after the All-Star “break,” Toronto FC are back on the pitch this evening to play the New York Red Bulls on the road. TFC have never had much success at Red Bull Arena (remember the Massacre at the Meadowlands?), but with some decent form and a healthy lineup they’ll be hoping to turn those fortunes around this time.
The Red Bulls sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, just two points ahead of TFC. Either club could make serious moves in the table with a win tonight, considering how razor-thin the margins are in the East. NYRB isn’t on great form, either, having lost 3-2 at home to Columbus last weekend and falling 3-1 to TFC just over two weeks ago (with a win over Orlando City in between).
New “York” isn’t quite the team we’ve come to know in recent years, with a number of key contributors slipping a little in performance. Bradley Wright-Phillips, for example, has been relegated to a bench role for the most part, with injuries putting a damper on this season (13 appearances this year, only six of which were starts).
Brian White and Daniel Royer are joint-leading scorers, with eight goals apiece, while nobody else has more than three. Their scoring-by-committee is going decently well, though, as the Red Bulls have scored 39 goals this year (one more than TFC, second-best in the East).
According to Greg Vanney and the TFC website, it’ll be a pretty healthy Reds lineup that takes the pitch tonight. So, could that mean the return of Alejandro Pozuelo to the starting eleven? A debut for Erickson Gallardo, or even Nicolas Benezet (the former more likely than the latter, of course).
There’s a weird feeling of optimism around TFC right now, it seems. It’s been a while.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: Zilch. Nada. According to the club, at least (so, perhaps not...), everyone is good to go, although Benezet might not get the call for this one.
New York Red Bulls: Midfielder Florian Valot is out, and Alex Muyl and Cristian Casseres Jr. are both listed as questionable.
How to watch
Match date/time: Saturday, August 3, 6 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 4, MSG
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050