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City put forth an embarrassing display in first game back from the international break

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FT: Toronto cruise past NYCFC to the tune of 4-0.

This game was an absolute shit-show from the opening whistle to the final one. Toronto dominated from the beginning as Altidore & Co. made absolute fools of City’s backline. The lack of creativity in the midfield only exasperated what was a bad day at the office.

If this games isn’t the proof that Domé Torrent needs to go, then I don’t know what is. That’s all I have to say for now.


90’: Someone headed the ball. #DoméOut


83’: Goal. 4-0 Toronto.

#DomeOut


78’: Well, that’s game over. Pozuelo chips Sean Johnson for a second time this game and puts the Reds up 3-0.

I’ll update this when the pain is finally over.


76’: The story remains the same. Toronto are making absolute fools of NYCFC.


58’: Alex Callens is called for a penalty after referee Chris Penso consults with VAR on a grab in the box. TFC’s newest DP Pozuelo converts. 2-0 Toronto

This game is probably over folks.


51’: Much better.

City creates an incredibly dangerous attack. Jesus Medina attempts to curl one far post, but it hits the woodwork. Mitrita’s follow-up is saved by Alex Bono


The second half is underway, and NYCFC are in desperate need of goals. Is there anyone on the pitch that can provide a spark?


HT: Toronto currently leads New York City 1-0 after an abysmal first half.

From the opening whistle, this team has looked lost and has shown zero creativity. Domé Torrent continues with head-scratching tactical and personnel decisions, and we as fans seem content with just letting him do it.


42’: In the words of Buzz Lightyear, “there seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere.” That’s exactly how this game has gone. No creativity, no attacking prowess... the game has been spent almost entirely in City’s own half.


30’: It seemed like a long time coming, but Toronto finally got their goal. A fantastic sequence of passes from TFC sees the ball arrive at the feet of Jozy Altidore, who easily slots it in past Sean Johnson.

1-0 Toronto, with little sign that City will wake up any time soon.


Since the opening chaos, the game has settled down. Unfortunately, it’s settled into TFC’s favor, with the Canadian side controlling the game’s pace and tempo. And history says City doesn’t do very well when that’s the case.


11’: That was too close. Justin Morrow scores on a bad defensive deflection, but VAR rules the play as offside. Still scoreless.


And we’re off in Toronto! City in the blue, Toronto in the red. Let’s do this!


Rosters are out! Shockingly, Maxi Moralez is not on the team sheet at all tonight. We can only speculate given that he was not on the injury report, but we presume he received an injury in pregame training.

Instead, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi earns his first start of 2019 at right wing, with Jesus Medina filling in for Maxi at the false 9. Elsewhere, there is little deviation from previous lineups.


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: N/A

Referees: Chris Penso (referee); Corey Rockwell, Chris Wattam (assistant referees); Ismail Elfath (4th official); Kevin Terry Jr. (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: March 29, 2019, 8:00 pm.

Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Online streaming: Fox Sports GO

TV: YES

Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English

All-time series: It’s been a long 12 days since New York City FC’s last contest, which was a 2-2 draw against LAFC. But the Blues are back after the short international break and look to find their winning form against Toronto FC on the road.

Historically speaking, BMO field has been quite kind to NYCFC in the past with the Blues picking up 2 wins and a draw, having lost only one of the matchups played in Toronto’s backyard.

Past experience, however, can never tell the future.

Today should mark the Toronto debut of newest DP Alejandro Pozuelo, while NYCFC’s newest source of goalscoring firepower Héber just got on a plane to the USA last night, leaving manager Domé Torrent to once again grind for those goals.

NYCFC have a potent test ahead of them. In this game, anything can happen.

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