Well, that was pretty brutal. Toronto FC fall 2-1 at Yankee Stadium, despite a good first half where they went up 1-0. Both goals they conceded were ugly, as the defending looked sloppy and possibly lazy.
There’s not much to be said about a performance like that. The playoffs continue to slip away as the Reds keep dropping points. Feel free to vent your frustrations in the Rate the Reds poll.
TFC are back home next weekend to take on the New York Red Bulls.
68’ New York City FC 2-1 Toronto FC — Well, that’s an awful way to concede. TFC look almost listless as Jo Inge Berget scores. New York City’s counter attack was good, but the defending was lazy.
60’ — Ager Aketxe comes out of the match and Marky Delgado makes his return.
51’ New York City FC 1-1 Toronto FC — The hosts get one back with an ugly goal, as the ball bounces around in front and Jo Inge Berget knocks it into the net with a backheel that tricks Bono.
46’ — Looks like possibly more injury trouble for Toronto FC as Auro leaves the match, replaced by Eriq Zavaleta. Gregory van der Wiel shifts over to the right side as Zavs slots into the middle of the backline.
HT — Referee calls for half and the Reds go into the break with a 1-0 lead. They needed some big saves from Alex Bono to keep New York City off the scoresheet, but TFC had a few great chances as well.
37’ New York City FC 0-1 Toronto FC — Victor Vazquez breaks the deadlock with a wonderful goal, as he takes down a massive long ball from Auro and knocks it over the top of Sean Johnson, who came out to the corner of the box to try and stop the attack.
28’ — Tough break for NYCFC as captain David Villa is forced out early with an injury. He’s replaced by Jesus Medina.
15’ — Down the other end, Toronto FC nearly make it 1-0. Jonathan Osorio takes a huge shot from outside the box that rattles the crossbar. Justin Morrow and Ager Aketxe both take a swing at rebounds, but both their attempts are blocked.
14’ — Alex Bono comes up with a massive save as Maxi Moralez shakes off Nick Hagglund and takes a point-blank shot from just inside the box. Bono dives and pushes the ball away.
1’ — We’re underway at Yankee Stadium!
Last year’s Supporters’ Shield runners-up, NYCFC have been excellent in most games so far this season. They’re third in the Eastern Conference with eight wins, four draws and three losses. David Villa has already scored eight goals, and Maxi Moralez has another six.
The front three of Villa, Moralez, and Jo Inge Berget is very dangerous, and it’ll be a tough challenge for TFC’s defenders to shut them down.
This will also be Domenec Torrent’s first match as NYCFC’s head coach, having only joined them for training on Friday. That could be an interesting story for this game, as we find out how smoothly he can take over from Patrick Vieira.
NYCFC are unbeaten at home this season, with six wins and a draw. Yankee Stadium is always a tough place to play in MLS, mostly because of the cramped dimensions of the strange pitch.
Thankfully, TFC will probably be the healthiest they’ve been in weeks. Justin Morrow, Nick Hagglund, and Eriq Zavaleta should all be good to go, with only Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, and Ashtone Morgan still sidelined.
The Reds will definitely need those reinforcements to the backline tonight to deal with NYC’s attacking threats.
Stay tuned for updates from the match as it unfolds.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, and Chris Mavinga are confirmed to miss out. Ashtone Morgan is doubtful as well.
New York City FC: Midfielder Yangel Herrera is out long-term with a major ankle injury. Defenders Cedric Hountondji and Ronald Matarrita (who might’ve been away at the World Cup with Costa Rica anyway) have hamstring injuries. Rodney Wallace is also in Russia with the Costa Rican team.
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, June 24, 5 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 4 & 5 (Canada), YES Network (New York)
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)
Bench: Irwin, Chapman, Zavaleta, Delgado, Telfer, Ricketts, Mino
New York City FC: