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New York City 2, Toronto 1 - as it happened

The Pigeons began a new chapter with Domènec Torrent as head coach with a win against the defending MLS champs

MLS: Toronto FC at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

FT: New York City wins! We may look back on this game as the moment in which Toronto FC relinquished their hold on the league crown, leaving it free for others to claim. They were first to strike, but their lead came against the run of play. While it was clear that New York City missed David Villa’s presence in the field, Jo-Inge Berget finally stepped up to the mark. His equalizer in the 51st minute breathed life into the crowd and the team, and his game-winner in the 68th sealed all three points. It keeps New York City unbeaten at home.

Toronto — especially in the counter attack leading to Berget’s second goal — looked like a broken team. Players were hanging their heads, and it’s apparent that there’s something deeply wrong in that locker room.

Next up for the Pigeons: a trip to Illinois to take on the Chicago Fire. That’s on Saturday at 8 PM.


92’: Tommy McNamara on for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.


90’: There are three minutes of additional time.


87’: Substitution — Jonathan Lewis on for Maxi Moralez. The midfielder gets saluted by the crowd as he departs the game.


80’: New York City are content to simply control possession and ping the ball about. The crowd’s quite enjoying it, shouting “Olè!” with each completed pass. The humid conditions are taking a toll on Toronto’s players, as one has fallen down with cramps.


75’: New York City is in firm control here. You can see the frustration in Toronto’s play as they try to claw back into the game.


68’: GOOOOALLL NEW YORK CITY!!! BERGET AGAIN!!! Maxi Moralez delivers the finely weighted pass from midfield. The Norwegian forward runs onto the pass, and slots home with aplomb. The oft-maligned striker is having himself a game.


64’: New York City’s been much brighter this half. But just like against Atlanta, their finishing has been abysmal.


51’: GOOOALLL NEW YORK CITY! BERGET WITH THE EQUALIZER! That was a neat bit of play from New York City. Ofori won the ball, then drove it into the box. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi brought down the box, then cut the ball across the box. Berget delivered the neat back heel finish for his second goal of the year.


45’: We’re off in the second half!


HT: It’s been an uneven first half under Domènec Torrent. The Pigeons had stretches where they were likely to score, but it was Toronto who drew first blood. New York City were clearly missing David Villa, who left the game with an undisclosed injury in the 27th minute. They’ll have to regroup and see if they can find a spark in order to keep their unbeaten streak at home alive.


36’: Goal, Toronto. Victor Vazquez neatly lobs the ball over an onrushing Sean Johnson. He took the long feed from the Brazilian defender Auro and made fine work of it. That goal is just the fourth New York City’s conceded at home this season.


27’: Substitution — Jesus Medina for David Villa. This isn’t good for the Pigeons, who are forced to burn a sub on an injury replacement for their leading scorer.


24’: This might be trouble. David Villa’s signaling to the bench that he might need to be subbed out. He looks fine, but he might’ve tweaked something; a hamstring, perhaps? There’s activity on the sideline, with Jesus Medina warming up quickly and dressing to come in.


23’: The match has picked up a bit. New York City are on the front foot. Villa missed a shot narrowly, and Toronto keeper Alex Bono’s stoned the Pigeons on a few other chances.


13’: CLOSE! The first good chance for NYCFC comes from Maxi Moralez.


1’: We’re off! A first look at Domè Torrent reveals he’s not quite as stylish as Vieira. He opts for a very dad-like golf-shirt & blazer look on the sideline.

On the field, it looks like both sides are playing three at the back.


Thanks to an extra-innings Yankees game, the game won’t be on YES to start. It’ll be on Fox Sports GO, then switch to YES after the Yankees game ends.


Rosters

New York City Starting XI: Johnson; Tinnerholm, Callens, Ibeagha, Sweat; Ring, Ofori, Tajouri-Shradi; Moralez, Villa (c), Berget

Bench: Stuver, Abdul-Salaam, Awuah, Chanot, Lewis, McNamara, Medina

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: none
  • International Duty: MF Rodney Wallace
  • Injury: OUT: MF Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D Cedric Hountondji (hamstring), D Ronald Matarrita (hamstring)

Toronto Starting XI: Bono, Auro Jr., Hagglund, Van der Wiel, Morrow, Hasler, Bradley (c), Osorio, Aketxe, Vazquez, Giovinco

Bench: Irwin, Chapman, Zavaleta, Delgado, Telfer, Ricketts, Miño

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury: OUT: F - Jozy Altidore (foot surgery), D - Drew Moor (quadricep strain), D - Chris Mavinga (hamstring strain), GK - Caleb Patterson-Sewell (elbow injury); DOUBTFUL: D - Ashtone Morgan (hamstring strain)

Referees: Ismail Elfath (referee); Kathryn Nesbitt, Nick Uranga (assistant referees); Sorin Stoica (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: June 9th, 2018, 12:30 p.m. EST

Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, TX

Online streaming: FOX Sports Go

TV: YES

Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).

All-time series: Here we go.

After a longer-than-expected delay with visa paperwork, Domènec Torrent, the new New York City manager, finally arrived Stateside and managed to get in one training session in person before today’s clash with the defending league champions, Toronto FC. In his absence, long-time assistants Javier Perez and Rob Vartughian led the training, with Torrent monitoring results via video.

In his first, highly-curated appearance as NYCFC head coach, Torrent struck a warm, low-key tone, asking folks to call him “Dome” (pronounced DOH-meh), and stuck to generalities. Patrick Vieira left behind some giant shoes to fill; he overhauled a struggling team, leading it to the playoffs in both seasons in charge, and getting off to a scorching start this year.

But New York City have since cooled off. Wins against teams like Colorado have been tempered with pastings at the hands of the Red Bulls and Houston. That said, the Pigeons played what was probably their best game of the year against Atlanta prior to the World Cup break, and were denied a rampant victory only by superlative work at the hands of keeper Brad Guzan.

Games against Toronto are historically wild; they’ve played seven times, and both teams have scored 13 goals apiece. The series has featured four draws, so don’t be surprised if that happens again this evening.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.