FT: New York City 3, Toronto 2. This victory was way more hard-earned that it needed to be. Still, a victory is a victory.
90’: There will be FIVE minutes of stoppage time.
87’: OH MY WHAT A GOAL BY TAJOURI-SHRADI! NEW YORK CITY 3, TORONTO 2! Tajouri-Shradi drilled a volley from out of nothing. It was a thunderbolt!
84’: New York City are playing incredibly conservatively for being up a man. It’s almost as if they’re scared to concede another goal. They haven’t spread the field the way you’d expect them to, they haven’t controlled the field. This is not a good performance, certainly not one you’d expect from a title contender.
75’: We’ve got 15 minutes (plus stoppage time) left. Yet, there’s no urgency, no sign of the Pigeons making Toronto work to get the ball back. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was New York City that was down a man.
70’: David Villa off for Jo Inge Berget. All in all, an encouraging return for Villa. He scores a goal, and generally was active, flying around in his old style. New York City have clawed back a bit more possession and attacking intent, but you expect more from a team up a man since the 9th minute of play.
67’: First sub — Valentin Castellanos for Jesus Medina.
66’: Moralez simply botches a golden chance. Villa tries to chip it in, but Bono is equal to the challenge.
63’: The initiative belongs to Toronto right now. If I had to pick it, I’d pick Toronto to take all three points. Torrent needs to make a change now, both tactically and on the field.
51’: Goal, Toronto. It’s all square at 2 apiece. Another defensive breakdown by the Pigeons. Reminder: Toronto is down a man.
45’: We’re back off for the second half. Let’s see if New York City can hang on for the win here.
HT: It’s a choppy, sloppy game here in Toronto. Truth be told, it’s a hard game to watch. While New York City control the game on the scoreboard and statistically, Toronto isn’t out of this one by any means. You can expect Torrent to make needed tactical changes here at the half in order to secure the win.
43’: So close from Tinnerholm! Alex Bono does well to deny him, using the post almost as a defensive player.
39’: A bad turnover gets handled with aplomb by Stuver. While New York City has dominated the game, you get the feeling that being up a man nearly the entire game has lulled their defense to sleep at critical times. Meanwhile, they haven’t capitalized on all their scoring chances; this game should really be 3-1 or 4-1 at this point.
35’: GOOOOOALLL TAJOURI-SHRADI!!! NEW YORK CITY 2, TORONTO 1!!! Oh, man, Alex Bono really should have done better with that shot. Tajouri-Shradi scampers around the top of the penalty area, before shooting. The ball goes straight to Bono, but it squirts underneath him and into the goal.
27’: Goal, Giovinco. Toronto 1, New York City 1. Sebastian Ibeagha gave Giovinco something like three yards of space, and got punished for it. Giovinco took the shot, and scored.
23’: So close from Tajouri-Shradi! He really should’ve done much better with a ball on the doorstep of Toronto’s goal.
14’: GOOOOOALLL DAVID VILLA!!! NEW YORK CITY 1, TORONTO 0!!! Alex Ring tried to shoot the ball, but shanked it so badly that it fell to Villa. Villa — in his first game back from injury — wastes no time in settling the ball and slotting it past the despairing Toronto keeper.
11’: RED CARD TO ALTIDORE! A quiet first ten minutes are shot through with a moment of madness. Jozy Altidore tries to get control of the ball, and Alex Callens challenges him. As the ball goes out, Altidore — for reasons passing understanding — kicks out at Callens, who falls to the ground writhing in pain. Grajeda doesn’t hesitate: it’s a red card for Altidore, who promptly departs the field.
Toronto will now have to go up against New York City with 10 men for the next 80 or so minutes.
1’: We’re off. New York City are wearing their road grays, Toronto in Red. Something to keep an eye on: the Reds are missing defender Chris Mavinga through red card suspension. Their goal differential when he’s on the field is +4; when he’s missing, it’s -8. Can the Pigeons take advantage?
New York City Starting XI: Stuver; Matarrita, Callens, Ibeagha, Tinnerholm; Ofori, Ring, Moralez; Medina, Tajouri-Shradi, Villa.
Bench: Caldwell, Chanot, Sweat, Wallace, Berget, Castellanos, McNamara.
- Suspended: none
- Suspended after next caution: MF Tommy McNamara
- International Duty: none
- Injury: OUT: MF - Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury); QUESTIONABLE: GK Sean Johnson (shoulder injury)
Toronto Starting XI: Bono, Van der Wiel, Zavaleta, Hagglund, Morrow, Bradley, Delgado, Osorio, Vázquez, Altidore, Giovinco
Bench: Irwin, Moor, Telfer, Morgan, Chapman, Bakero, Ricketts
- Suspended: D - Chris Mavinga
- Suspended after next caution: F - Sebastian Giovinco
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: D - Drew Moor (quadricep strain)
Referees: Chico Grajeda (referee); Jeffrey Greeson, Adam Garner (assistant referees); Drew Fischer (4th official); Geoff Gamble (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 12, 4 pm.
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).
All-time series: This is low-key one of the more entertaining matchups in MLS. Toronto and New York City have met eight times. The Pigeons and Reds have drawn four times, but New York City have more wins — three to Toronto’s one. With 29 goals between the two teams, it’s also a high-scoring tilt. Toronto won the last matchup at home — a 4-0 demolition on July 30 of last year.
This year, though, has been a slog for the defending champs. New York City dominated their last meeting, in which Toronto seemed to throw in the towel in the second half. Injuries — and the sheer mental toll of the last two years of contention in MLS — looked to have doomed Toronto.
Quietly, though, the Reds have gone six games unbeaten in all competitions. Making the playoffs might be a tall task, but this is still a good team. For Dome Torrent and New York City, this is something worth remembering.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.