It's been tough sledding for New York's newest team. But the future might be bright:
New York City:
OUT: Andoni Iraola (gastrocnemius strain)
QUESTIONABLE: David Villa (hamstring)
OUT: Mark Bloom (quad surgery), Daniel Lovitz (foot), Clement Simonin (knee)
DOUBTFUL: Jackson (hamstring)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
New York City:
RUNNIN' THE NUMBERS
- 7/24/15: Date upon which New York City placed fullback Josh Williams on waivers. He subsequently signed with Toronto, and faces his previous team for the first time tonight.
- 45: Minutes played by NYC captain David Villa last weekend in Dallas. He came off with a hamstring issue and was replaced by Patrick Mullins.
- -9: Toronto's goal differential on the road (23 for, 32 against).
- 57: Shots on goal in 2015, respectively, for David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco.
- 3: NYC players with two or more chances created per ninety minutes-- Mehdi Ballouchy (2), Andrea Pirlo (2.5), and Kwadwo Poku (2.6).
- NYC keeper Josh Saunders on conceding two goals late in the first half last weekend in Dallas:
On the second goal, I came off on the corner kick that I needed to execute a play on, so I take responsibility for us losing this game. I didn't make a play that I should have, but the fight was there."
- TFC star man Sebastian Giovinco on bouncing back from an injury scare that sidelined him for Italy during the recent international break:
"Sometimes you get injured. I have been playing consecutively for a year so that is something that can happen. The most important thing is that I’m feeling well and that I’ve recovered from the injury."
- NYC manager Jason Kreis on Mix Diskerud and Kwadwo Poku replacing Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo last weekend in the 66th minute on Saturday:
"One of our biggest disappointments in our last match, we brought two fresh guys in at the end of the game to bring a new, fresh energy to the match, and they actually looked more fatigued than the players who had played 60 or 70 minutes."
- TFC gaffer Greg Vanney on missed opportunities in Sunday afternoon's 3-1 home defeat to New England:
"I thought it was one of the best performances that we’ve had all year. But sometimes the ball doesn’t go in the back of the net. We had 21 chances. We missed the target nine times, we hit people seven times."
- Kreis on his team's overall effort in Dallas:
"I was actually really pleased. I felt this was a really solid effort on our group's part."
YOUR PARTING SHOT