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FT: New York City 1, Toronto 2 — as it happened

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Blues get eliminated by an inferior Toronto team after a stupid conceded penalty late.

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90’: Alejandro Pozuelo nets his penalty to potentially send NYCFC home.

This sucks.


79’: Since Héber has come onto the pitch, City has been leagues better. NYCFC’s attack looks fluid and active.


69’: GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! NYCFC level the game!

Maxi lobs in a beautiful cross from the left flank. The ball sails over Taty Castellanos, but finds the boot of Shroddy Doddy, who slots it in effortlessly.

We have a game, boys and girls!


60’: Héber comes on for Keaton Parks. We need the Brazilian more than ever.


59’: Maxi comes close to tying it up! He strikes it on the full volley from outside the area, but right into the TFC keeper.


48’: Toronto strikes first. Alejandro Pozuelo scores the opener. Things aren’t looking great.


The second half is under way! Can the Blues clean up this mess and spring ahead of a formidable Toronto?


HT: We’re scoreless after one half of play.

I don’t know how else to say it: NYCFC have to get their act together, and fast. That first half was saved by TFC’s wastefulness in the box and some heroics from Sean Johnson. The offense needs to get going. I expect to see Héber come on.


37’: Sean Johnson with another monstrous save! He’s keeping City in this one right now.



29’: Taty Castellanos gets sprung on a gorgeous counter, but can’t put it away. Corner kick.


23’: City’s shape looks awful. Every time TFC attacks, they seem structured and well spaced. NYCFC seems to continuously try to stick a square peg in a round hole.


20’: Toronto get another dangerous chance. Thankfully, the shot is wide.



8’: I don’t like this start for City. Obviously, it’s still early. But they either need to clean up their counter or start controlling the pace.


4’: Oof. That was a wide open start. Jonathan Osorio flubbed an attack in City’s defensive third. City responded with a promising counter-attack, but came away with nothing.


Finally — it’s time! Can NYCFC do the necessary work and leave Citi Field heading into the Eastern Conference Finals?


Rosters

New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: N/A

Toronto Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Jozy Altidore (F) - quad strain, Omar Gonzalez (D) - hamstring injury
  • Referees: Jair Marrufo (referee); Logan Brown, Jose J. Da Silva (assistant referees); Rob Sibiga (4th official); Geoff Gamble (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: October 23, 2019, 7:00 pm ET

Venue: Citi Field, Queens, NY

Online streaming: Fox Sports Go

TV: FS1

Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish

All-time series: It’s finally playoff time!

After dropping points to Toronto FC in both of their regular season games against the Reds, New York City FC looks to get their redemption on the biggest stage — the MLS Cup Playoffs.

NYCFC come into this one with a clean bill of health, while Toronto will be without Jozy Altidore for tonight’s proceedings. That could be huge for City’s defense.tw

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