FT: Toronto FC 1-2 New York Red Bulls: TFC battle hard, but they fall short in their quest for the Supporters’ Shield. Off to the postseason we go...
90+2—Nothing from Toronto FC since Jozy Altidore checked into the game. Akinola and Jozy haven’t looked the greatest together this season...
76’—TFC’s last change is Jayden Nelson checking into the game for Nick DeLeon.
67’—It’s still 1-0 in Philadelphia. These are important minutes for Altidore and Akinola as Vanney try to find a balance between the two heading into the postseason.
58’—Jozy Altidore checks into the game for Tsubasa Endoh. Here we go.
57’—CHANCE! This should be a tie game. Michael Bradley, on a breakaway, almost draws the Reds even after some great build-up play once again started by Ralph Priso. The kid is having himself a match so far! Pozuelo almost gets one too off a feed from Priso, but his curling effort is denied.
50’—GOAL! Toronto FC 1-2 New York Red Bulls: Tsubasa Endoh opens his account! Great run by DeLeon leads to a rebound for Endoh, who taps it in! The Reds are back within one!!
49’—CHANCE! DeLeon skies a cut back from Auro after some great build-up play from the Reds. That’s more like it now...
49’—Already a MUCH better start to the second half for TFC.
46’—We’re back! Greg Vanney’s only sub at the half is Ralph Priso for Jonathan Osorio.
4:29 p.m. EST—We weren’t joking when we said TFC really need a miracle here...
HT: Toronto FC 0-2 New York Red Bulls / Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution
44’—Philadelphia have taken the lead against New England.
42’—TFC need to play quicker. There are opportunities to go forward but instead the Reds are just opting to go back, giving Red Bulls a chance to simply reset their press. Beating 11 players over and over isn’t the answer.
40’—Laryea coming out of the game now for the Scottish youth international. Richie is limping off there, so that’s not a good sign...that’s a major concern for TFC moving into the postseason.
38’—Hold on now. Holding his groin, Laryea is coming back for TFC. Gallacher puts his bib back on...I don’t know about this...
36’—No. Please no. Richie Laryea down holding his groin. Tony Gallacher’s coming into the match for the Canadian. Can this day get any worse right now for TFC?
33’—Are Toronto FC really this bad against the press? It’s still 0-0 at Subaru Park.
29’—Something’s clearly not going right. What do you change if you’re Greg Vanney?
27’—GOAL! New York Red Bulls 2-0 Toronto FC: Embarrassing. The Reds get cut apart before a cross is headed back across the face of goal and White gets on the end of it. It’s an uphill, uphill battle from here...yikes.
24’—GOAL! New York Red Bulls 1-0 Toronto FC: Barlow gets to the back post off a corner and it’s the Red Bulls who strike first! That’s not a great goal for TFC to concede...
23’—Jokes. Mavinga goes sliding in from behind in his own box, but fortunately for the centre-back, he gets it right. Moments after, Quentin Westberg comes up with a crucial save, eventually leading to a Red Bulls’ corner, and off the ensuing corner...
22’—Chris Mavinga is in the book with an early yellow card after stopping the Red Bulls’ counter attack. The Frenchman doesn’t like the call, but he’ll have to tread lightly the rest of the game.
20’—Half chance for Toronto FC as Richie Laryea is taking a beating out there. Nick DeLeon’s deflected cross lands just on top of the net. Off the ensuing corner, Mavinga tries an ambitious acrobatic overhead kick but he unfortunately whiffs. I like the effort, though. Again, through 20 minutes, it’s scoreless in both this match and the Phili-New England game.
11’—Akinola almost gets in behind on a ball fed through by Pozuelo, but the Red Bulls defence recovers. Great direct run by Ayo making it simple for Poz to release the goal-scoring phenom. 0-0 in both games still.
9’—Endoh has to give that ball up! 3 on 2 with Ayo Akinola and Alejandro Pozuelo... Endoh’s not the one you want to be making the decision there.
8’—Interesting to see Richie Laryea starting on the left. Undoubtedly, it’s a tactic to free the Canadian international up, but Greg Vanney has told me in the past that he does prefer Auro at LB.
1’—We’re off! Hoping for a miracle today! We’ll be keeping an eye on the Philadelphia-New England game and keeping you updated throughout.
3:31 p.m. EST—A few minutes away from kickoff! Where is everyone watching from on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon?
3:11 p.m. EST—Any guesses for today’s final score? Make sure to leave your prediction in our prediction league prior to kickoff!
3:00 p.m. EST—We’re about 37 or so minutes away from kickoff! As Martyn Bailey points out, there are some records on the line tonight for the Reds.
2:45 p.m. EST—The lineups are in! 10/11 from WTR in our lineup prediction as we had Jayden Nelson starting over Tsubasa Endoh, which I still personally believe should be the case. But we do know what Endoh can do in the playoffs, so I guess getting him going is never a bad thing. How are we feeling about these starting XI’s? Peep the bench too...you’ll see a familiar No. 17.
2:30 p.m. EST—We are BACK! Decision Day! Welcome everyone to the regular season finale as the Reds square off against the New York Red Bulls this afternoon in what should be an exciting fixture. Of course, we’re keeping an eye on the Philadelphia Union-New England Revolution game as well as a Union slip-up opens the door for TFC in the Supporters’ Shield race. It’s a little bit weird seeing as this is an afternoon game, but remember the MLS is Back Tournament in July when we were doing 9 am games? We’ve come a long way. It’s not over yet, though! This afternoon should be fun...
Here’s how Greg Vanney’s side line up in today’s game—a match they’re approaching as a must-win:
And for the bad guys...
Match Preview (via Aasim Hashim)
TORONTO, Canada—It all comes down to this. The race for the Supporters’ Shield will come down to the final day of the regular season as Toronto FC will take on the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday hoping that luck will be on their side. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
The Reds bounced back against Inter Miami and erased a first-half deficit to pick up all three points. That win ensured that the Reds would at least have a shot at the Supporters’ Shield on Decision Day. The two losses prior to their win against Miami, which included a humbling 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, means that the Reds don’t control their path to the Supporters’ Shield.
In order to claim the 2020 Supporters’ Shield, TFC is going to have to better Philadelphia’s result on Sunday afternoon. Greg Vanney’s side will need to collect all three points against the Red Bulls and hope that the Philadelphia Union falter at home against the New England Revolution—a place where the Union have been undefeated this year.
Although the odds may be heavily against the Reds, don’t expect Greg Vanney’s squad to go down without a fight.
Greg Vanney was able to call upon some of his usual starters for their match against Miami. Ayo Akinola, who scored on his return, along with Chris Mavinga both drew back in the lineup after missing out against New York and Philadelphia. As they’ve done, both Akinola and Mavinga looked impressive and showed just how they’ve become crucial parts of this TFC team.
Vanney has hinted he may have the services of Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio available for Sunday afternoon. Given their lengthy layoffs, and with the playoffs upcoming, it would be a surprise to see both potential returnees start and play the full 90 minutes, but Waking the Red does understand that both players will indeed make their returns to the squad on Sunday.
Pablo Piatti, Justin Morrow, and Marky Delgado continue to be sidelined, which means we won’t see either of those players until at least TFC’s first playoff game.
#TFCLive Vanney adds that Jonathan Osorio may also be available. Justin Morrow, Marky Delgado, and Pablo Piatti meanwhile are a bit further away.— Michael Singh (@MichaelSingh94) November 6, 2020
Toronto and New York have faced off against each other on one other occasion this season. The Red Bulls were the team to put an end to the Reds’ five-game winning streak earlier this season. It was 17-year old Caden Clark who equalized in the 77th minute on that occasion and spurred the Red Bulls to be the more dominant side in the last 10 minutes of that match.
With a playoff spot already locked up, the Red Bulls will be looking to end their regular season on a positive note. Last time out, the Red Bulls saw their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of their New York rivals, New York City FC. While their playoff spot won’t be in jeopardy, the Red Bulls will need a result to ensure they control their own seeding heading into the first round of the MLS playoffs.
While it may take something of a miracle to be this year’s Supporters’ Shield champions, TFC have always taken care of business when their backs are to the wall. Sunday should be no different. As long as the Reds collect all three points against the Red Bulls, they’ll have given themselves every chance possible.
So...do you believe in miracles?
- Ayo Akinola and Alejandro Pozuelo both netted their team high ninth goals against Inter Miami.
- Richie Laryea continued his strong showing this season and received another Team of the Week nomination.
- Michael Bradley tallied his first assist on the 2020 season. His last assist came against Montreal in August 2019.
How to Watch:
Who: New York Red Bulls
When: Sunday, November 8, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Red Bull Arena
TV: TSN 4
Radio: TSN 1050