FT: #NYCFC draws with Toronto 1-1. I'd much rather not say anything else. Game was wack.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 12, 2019
90’ Just hasn’t been a good half for City.
79' Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Jesus Medina #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 12, 2019
76’: This is an obvious penalty. VAR confirms it.
Pozuelo steps up again. JOHNSON DENIES IT!!!
70’: Matarrita flirts with goal from waaaaay out! Unfortunately, the ball hits the woodwork.
62’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for Tony Rocha
55’: If Jozy Altidore had a better touch, that would’ve been a goal. City is playing a dangerous game right now.
The second half has begun!
HT: #NYCFC are level with Toronto 1-1. They should be up, but a lackluster product in the final third and a lapse on the defensive side of the ball are the difference.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 11, 2019
38’: NYCFC concede a penalty. Not good at all.
Alejandro Pozuelo steps up to the spot... and buries it. We’re tied at 1-1.
32’: NYCFC continues to deliver silky smooth counter-attacks. There is definitely another goal out there for them if they can put it together in the final third.
22’: Sean Johnson has been very aggressive off his line tonight. He’s definitely made a big difference early on.
13' City look far the better team. They're pressing well and are moving the ball up the pitch even better. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 11, 2019
6’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! What a start!
Taty draws a foul at the top of the box for a free kick from a very dangerous spot. Mitrita steps up to take it and effortlessly pounds it in! 1-0 NYCFC
Here we go! Football has commenced in the Bronx. Can City make it six straight wins?
Rosters are out! Ronald Matarrita rejoins the fold in what appears to be a three-back formation that features the Costa Rican and Anton Tinnerholm as wingbacks, while Sebastien Ibeagha, Alex Ring, and Ben Sweat line up as center backs in a three-back formation.
Sean Johnson and Tony Rocha have also both returned to the club from international duty and will feature in the Starting XI.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: Maxi Moralez (M)
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: Ronald Matarrita (D), Alexander Callens (D), Justin Haak (M), Maxime Chanot (D)
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, James Sands (D) - collarbone injury, Héber (F) - quad injury
Toronto Starting XI:
- Suspended: Eriq Zavaleta (D)
- Suspended after next caution: Richie Laryea (D)
- International duty: Richie Laryea (D), Liam Fraser (M), Jonathan Osorio (M), Ryan Telfer (F)
- Injury Report: OUT: Justin Morrow (D) - quad strain
Referees: Christopher Penso (referee); CJ Morgante, Logan Brown (assistant referees); Lorant Varga (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 11, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO (live broadcast)
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: Having won five straight and taken the top spot in the Eastern Conference, there are plenty of reasons for New York City FC supporters to be optimistic for the future. But for this particular matchup against longtime Eastern rivals Toronto FC, there is some reason for pause.
Despite being among the hottest teams in MLS, NYCFC take the field tonight with a severely depleted squad, missing a total of seven players — six of whom could be considered regular starters — due to both injury and international duty. And against a team like Toronto that absolutely destroyed them last time out, their depth players are gonna need to have a very inspired performance in order for the Boys in Blue to maintain their foothold at the top of the Eastern table.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.