Live Match Thread
FT: Toronto FC 1-1 New York Red Bulls
90’—Can TFC snatch a late winner here?
76’—A wayward cross from Tsubasa Endoh almost finds the back of the net! TFC have really stepped it up here.
71’—Things are getting chippy! A big scrum in the middle of the field results in several ‘pushing battles’ let’s call it, including Soteldo who felt the need to stick up for Alejandro Pozuelo.
66’—Toronto FC have woken up here folks and so have the fans!
62’—GOAAAAAALLLL! It’s Ralph Priso!!!!! Yeferson Soteldo with a great cross down the left wing, forces the keeper to make a finger tip save, and Ralph Priso volleys home! It’s 1-1!
60’—Uhh, Jozy Altidore just tried to do a backheel flick when he was one-on-one with the keeper. That ain’t it.
46’—GOAL! New York Red Bulls open the scoring on a ball played over the top. Alex Bono made the first two saves, but had no chance on the third follow up from Klimala. 1-0 NYRB.
46’—We’re back! Hoping for a much better second half from TFC here!
HT: Toronto FC 0-0 New York Red Bulls—A sloppy half from the Reds, who will need to find a spark in the final 45. Jozy Altidore’s music, anyone?
45+3—Great sliding tackle from Justin Morrow to prevent a shot on target, but he’s slow to his feet. TFC’s fullbacks are not in great shape right now...
40’—Justin Morrow is not offering enough on either side of the ball right now. He either needs to get forward and help Soteldo, give him another option on the overlap, or stay at home. He’s been caught in no-mans land quite a few times and has been bailed out by Chris Mavinga.
30’—A forgettable 30 minutes for Soteldo, who aside from one or two breakthroughs, he’s been shut down by Kyle Duncan, who—to his credit—has done well against several high-profile left wingers this season, including Orlando City’s Nani.
28’—Ralph Priso struggling, and since Auro has come off, the team hasn’t looked great overall. The positive news? Neither have the New York Red Bulls, and I’d say TFC has dictated play so far this half.
20’—Dom Dwyer doing Dom Dwyer things.
18’—Auro is down injured again. It’s worth noting that Mavinga prefers playing the left side, so shifting him to right fullback may not be the best choice. And just like that, Auro’s day is over. Ralph Priso checks into the game for the right fullback, Delgado shifts to right fullback. Big test for Mark.
16’—Auro seems to be alright for now. If for whatever reason, Auro can’t shake this off, who do TFC bring on? Luke Singh or Julian Dunn? I posed that question to Perez earlier this week, and he said if they were forced into making a sub at fullback, they’ll look to ‘solidify’ the position and mitigate risks.
12’—Wow! A potential goal-saving tackle from Auro Jr, who has gone down injured after making it. He tracked back and got a foot in to stop a breakaway. TFC praying that he is not injured as there’s no natural replacement at fullback for Auro, with Richie Laryea and Kemar Lawrence on international duty.
8’—Soteldo gets fans on the edge of their seat every time he picks up the ball.
5’—Yeferson Soteldo already looking dangerous, driving at the Red Bulls down the left wing. Fans in attendance here today will get to witness just how shifty the young Venezuelan really is. Absolute superstar. You’ll likely hear that a couple of times tonight on this match thread.
2’–A minute into the match and TFC’s back line are beaten, however, Patryk Klimala overruns the ball, gets his touch wrong, and Alex Bono bravely comes out to make the save. That’s a decent save for Bono, who stayed down injured for about a minute after, but seems to be alright. TFC’s defence needs to be better there.
1’—Kickoff! The Reds are heading North to start the half, with Red Bulls kicking off first. Let’s see if TFC can get on the Red Bulls early here! They haven’t played since July 8.
7:34 pm ET—Very nice rendition of the national anthems I have to say. I love it when they get the crowd to sing, and TFC fans were on point tonight belting out the Canadian national anthem. Goosebumps.
7:30 pm ET—Fireworks! We’re getting closer. Seeing as it’s a Wednesday, and traffic in Toronto, I’m expecting the stadium to get a lot fuller closer to the 10th minute or so, but you can still feel the buzz as the players walk onto to the field. Standing ovation from the fanbase who have made it to their seats before kickoff!
7:18 pm ET—We’re approximately 20 minutes or so away from kickoff! Javier Perez has elected to roll out the same Starting XI as Saturday against Orlando, as he’s someone who has stressed stability, structure, and consistency. With the way TFC have been playing of late, I’m not sure there’s many who could complain. It’s worth noting that he did mention Jozy Altidore would likely get more minutes this time out, but for now, he’s starting on the bench.
7:03 pm ET—So I’m going to try and do more commentary on the match thread as opposed to recapping the game, seeing as you’re likely here or watching it! So, keep an eye out for some of my hot takes!
6:50 pm ET—Fans are starting to flood into the stadium, you can once again feel the buzz around the city, it’s Toronto FC game day folks! What a gorgeous day along the lakeshore. We’re going to have 15,000 fans in attendance tonight, up from the 7,000 on Saturday, and I’m expecting it to feel like 50,000! Come on you Reds!
Here’s how Toronto FC will start tonight’s match against the New York Red Bulls:
Here’s how the Red Bulls shape up against TFC:
Preview (via Aasim Hashim)
TORONTO, Canada—After picking up points in two consecutive matches, the Reds will look to continue their streak on Wednesday night and pick up points in three consecutive matches for the first time this season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM EST and can be watched on TSN1 and TSN4.
On Saturday night Toronto relied on their fans to get a much needed boost. The Reds will once again have Reds faithful in the stands on Wednesday night as the club will increase attendance to 15,000 fans at BMO Field.
Under Head Coach Javier Perez, the Reds have a renewed confidence in their game and it showed as they controlled much of the match against Orlando City and created dangerous chances. With Alejeandro Pozuelo and Yeferson Soteldo running the show on offence, and Jozy Altidore scoring the opening goal, it certainly felt like the TFC of the last few years.
A packed schedule will mean that Perez may have to think about rotating his squad this week. Having played on Saturday—and the Reds will be back in action on the weekend, when they travel to Chicago—the interim head coach will have to find a way to balance the Reds urgent need for points, while ensuring his squad are able to get the rest that they need.
Canada, El Salvador, and Jamaica’s involvement in the knockout phase of the Concacaf Gold Cup means that the Reds will be without the services of several key players. TFC did not add new injuries to their list from their weekend match, and one has to wonder if Quentin Westberg, who is once again listed as questionable, will see some time in net in either of the next two matches.
While Ayo Akinola wouldn’t have been available through international duty anyways, the Reds did announce that the Canadian forward will likely be sidelined for the rest of the year following an ACL injury picked up in Sunday’s match against the USA.
Turning to TFC’s opponent’s for this week, the New York Red Bulls will be well rested heading into Wednesday night’s matchup. The Red Bulls last played on July 8 against the Philadelphia Union earning a point at Red Bull Arena. New York were slated to play Inter Miami this past weekend, however inclement weather forced that match to be postponed.
The Red Bulls currently sit in eighth in the Eastern Conference with 17 points, tied for the final playoff spot. While the Red Bulls have been good on their own turf (4-1-1), they have struggled mightily on the road (1-4-1). Their lone road win of the year came in a 2-1 win at Exploria Stadium. Of the 15 goals the Red Bulls have conceded this year, 11 of those have come on the road.
The Red Bulls hold the historical advantage in this matchup, having picked 10 wins and five draws in 21 matches against Toronto, including wins in their last matcheup against the Reds. In their matchup earlier this season, the Red Bulls cruised to a 2-0 victory, with goals from Frankie Amaya and Caden Clark. The 18-year old Clark, who is the joint top-scorer in New York (along with Cristian Casseres Jr.) has had success against the Reds in his short time as a professional, completed his transfer to RB Leipzig earlier this summer, but will continue to be part of the Red Bulls squad for the remainder of the year.
The Red Bulls will have a healthy and rested squad coming into this matchup. New York will be without Aaron Long and Youba Diarra, but will have many of their key players available in Toronto so Javier Perez and his coaching staff should see no surprises.
The Reds have begun to look more comfortable under Perez as they’ve started playing a style more suited to this squad. A matchup against the New York Red Bulls gives this Reds team another opportunity to build back their confidence and continue to build upon their recent positive results.
- Perez and the Reds defence will have to be wary of Red Bulls forward Patryck Kilmala who has been heavily involved in the Red Bulls offence recently, scoring twice and adding three helpers in the last seven games.
- One more yellow for Michael Bradley and Omar Gonazalez means they will be suspended. Given their importance to this squad right now, it’s not a headache the Reds will want to deal with.
- Defender Justin Morrow was named to the team of the week for his outing against Orlando City on Saturday night.
Opponent: New York Red Bulls
Kick-off: Wednesday, July 21st at 7:30 PM EST
Watch: TSN 1, TSN 4
Location: BMO Field, Toronto, ON