Throughout the week, there was plenty of debate as to whether or not Maxi Moralez was going to be suspended due to yellow card accumulation against Toronto FC tomorrow. Some have said that the number of yellow cards didn’t add up to a suspension.
The updated tracker for #NYCFC cautions over the course of the season on @NYCFCForums. We, the collective online NYCFC statistical nerd community, are certain that @MLS has it wrong and Maxi Moralez should not be suspended vs. Toronto based on all publicly available information. pic.twitter.com/oChVLSHCoS— Jonathan Densa (@JonathanDensa) September 9, 2019
Glenn Crooks later clarified that Maxi’s retroactive fine from the game against FC Cincinnati in June meant that his yellow card tally had been reset and that his suspension was legitimate.
To the #MLS and #NYCFC statistical nerd community - I have learned the fine that Moralez received for simulation in the #FCCincy match re-set his good behavior incentive and thus the suspension on Wed. vs. #TFCLive #NYCvTOR - let's just enjoy seeing Medina getting another chance. https://t.co/ZabcCbaSn9— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) September 9, 2019
Moralez will be one of seven players missing against the Reds tomorrow as Héber, James Sands, and Joe Scally remain out with injuries while Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, and Justin Haak will miss Wednesday’s game due to international duty.
Sean Johnson will return to the team following being sent back from USMNT shortly after their rough 3-0 loss to Mexico on Friday.
When it comes to replacing Moralez at the No. 10 position, odds are we’ll see Jesus Medina — who had a brace off the bench against the New England Revolution this past Saturday — or Alexandru Mitrita fill in that position.
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Ebenezer Ofori have both been lifted from the injury report and will likely come off the bench in an effort to regain match fitness.