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FT: New York Red Bulls 2 - 0 Toronto FC — Playoff chances vanish as Red Bulls defeat TFC

Time to start the long process of playoff ticket refunds.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Well that sucked. A lack of communication all over the pitch and a failure to capitalize on the chances they were given plagued Toronto as they were unable to pick up any points at Red Bull Arena.

Needing all 3 points to have any real chance at the playoffs, Toronto failed to deliver once again and their chances at the postseason are all but over.

TFC’s next match is on Saturday, September 29th when they return to BMO Field to take on the New England Revolution.

FT — Full time from New Jersey. The hosts take the match 2-0 and likely end Toronto FC’s chances at a playoff spot. I guess I (Benedict) didn’t bring any good luck in my first time doing the live updates.

90’ + 3 — NYRB 2 - 0 TOR - Etienne Jr. doubles the lead with a nice chip over Alex Bono.

90’ + 2 — Morgan gets a yellow card for a proffesional foul to stop Bradley Wright-Phillips.

90’ — 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added. Still 1-0...

87’ — BWP picks up a yellow for dissent. He’ll miss New York’s crucial game against Atlanta.

86’ — Ashtone Morgan comes on for Marky Delgado. Nick Hagglund appears to be playing up top with Ricketts and Janson. This may be where Greg Vanney regrets bringing 4 defenders and only 1 forward on the bench. Seeing him try to dribble around defenders is amusing though.

82’ — Third and final change for the Red Bulls. The goalscorer Kaku is replaced by Fidel Escobar.

82’ — Robles makes another massive save to keep out a nice shot from Vazquez.

79’ — Ricketts rifles one at goal but Robles makes a nice save to keep the score at 1-0. TFC need 2 goals in the final 10 minutes to keep their playoff hopes alive.

75’ — Toronto make their second substitution. Zavaleta on for Mavinga.

70’ — NYRB 1 - 0 TOR - Kaku opens the scoring. Toronto’s defence lacked communication and the Red Bulls took the lead.

67’ — Second change for New York - Derrick Etienne on for Daniel Royer

66’ — Murillo picks up the game’s first yellow card. Vicor Vazquez swings in the free kick but nobody can get on the end of it.

65’ — Red Bulls make their first change. Alex Muyl on for Marc Rzatkowski.

60’ — Tim Parker with another nice clearance. He’s been the man of the match in my opinion as we pass the hour mark.

58’ — Vazquez finds Ricketts with a nice lobbed pass but Tos volleys it way over the bar instead of trying to control and shoot. TFC seem to be picking up the pace.

50’ — Vazquez nearly scores... into his own goal. Crazy start to this second half.

48’ — Altidore is forced off the pitch with the foot injury that was troubling him at the end of the first half. Tosaint Ricketts is replacing him.

47’ — BWP skies one over the bar.

46’ — New Jersey Scarlet Bos Taurus get us underway again

HT — 0-0 at the break. Red Bulls have had the majority of the chances but have failed to capitalize on one yet. Luis Robles hasn’t really been challenged but TFC are certainly capable of winning this game.

43’ — Altidore has been limping for a couple of minutes after a challenge from a Red Bulls defender. Looked like a foul this time but went uncalled. He hasn’t had any treatment but I’m sure the trainers are keeping an eye on him.

39’ — van der Wiel smashes the ball across goal after a nice overlap run but Tim Parker is there to clear the danger.

35’ — Jozy just fell over like a sack of potatoes after a slight push from Tim Parker. Was looking for a free kick, which would’ve been a harsh one had it been given.

30’ — No goals in the opening half-hour. Red Bulls have looked more dangerous going forward so far but TFC are holding down the fort.

27’ — Alex Bono does his best Manuel Neuer impression by heading the ball away from Wright-Phillips about 35 yards from his goal.

25’ — Janson receives the ball near the penalty spot but kicks it right at Luis Robles.

15’ — Delgado finds Janson with a cross but the Argentine fires wide.

10’ — Bono denies a shot from Kaku with a nice save. Red Bulls look hungry for some goals.

9’ — Altidore and Bradley are getting booed by Red Bulls fans. Not sure if it’s because they both played for the MetroStars or if they’re still salty about the USMNT loss to Trinidad...

6’ — Bradley Wright-Phillips finds some space at the edge of the box but fires it right at Alex Bono.

1’ — Kickoff: TFC get us underway. Michael Bradley is playing as a centre-back in the middle of a back 3.


Toronto FC are without Sebastian Giovinco today. He’s replaced in the starting lineup by Lucas Janson. Chris Mavinga also returns to the squad.

Toronto FC:

New York Red Bulls:

Fresh off their Campeones Cup disappointment, Toronto FC have traveled to New Jersey for yet another MLS clash with the New York Red Bulls. With six games left to play, the Reds will pretty much have to win out at this point to give themselves any hope of grabbing a playoff spot.

The Red Bulls have conceded three goals in each of their past two matches (a 3-3 draw with D.C. United and a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact). Assuming Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore are fit to play after exiting Wednesday’s game early, this could be an opportunity for TFC’s attack to come alive — it’s been pretty lively in the last couple MLS games, so the Reds will want to keep that rolling. That said, RBNY have some experience in their backline, with Aaron Long and Tim Parker likely to form the centre-back pairing.

It’ll be interesting to see how TFC line up this weekend. Chris Mavinga has apparently been participating in training this week, and Auro made his return to the lineup on Wednesday, so either player could have a role against RBNY. Both would be huge additions to the squad for the Reds (especially Mavinga).

The facts are clear. TFC are nine points out of a playoff spot. They have to win from now on. No Excuses.

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Who knows. I’d suspect Drew Moor may still be out, but I wouldn’t be surprised if both Auro and Mavinga at least make the bench. Victor Vazquez will likely start.

New York Red Bulls: Midfielders Florian Valot (ACL), Vincent Bezecourt (MCL), and Ben Mines (clavicle), as well as defenders Kyle Duncan (ACL) and Tommy Redding (shoulder), are all out for the season. All the Red Bulls’ core players seem fit to play otherwise.

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 2 (Canada), MSG (New York)
Live stream: TSN GO, MSG GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)