FT: #NYCFC outlast Toronto 1-0 in a game that wasn't as closed as the score would suggest. City created chance after chance, culminating in Jesus Medina putting the team ahead early in the second half. It's a big win over a team that has constantly given the Blues trouble.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 29, 2020
88’: Ibeagha on for Taty. Tactical change for sure.
81’: Cacha Acevedo comes on for Keaton Parks.
77’: Taty misses a tap-in. He needs to work on his left foot if he’s to be a viable striker.
74’: Jesus Medina looked to have a golden opportunity for a brace. But his shot is comically off the mark.
Since the goal, things have kinda settled down for both teams. But City still don't look like they're content with one goal. And rightfully so. TFC have had their share of chances. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 29, 2020
54’: Taty almost makes it 2-0 on the header, but can’t guide it past Westberg.
51’: GOOOOOOAAALLL!!! City finally get their goal!
Taty Castellanos unleashes a strike from outside of the area. Toronto’s keeper is qual to it, but Jesus Medina sneaks into the box unmarked to tap in the rebound and give NYCFC the 1-0 advantage early in the second half. 1-0 NYCFC!
We’re back with the second half. Let’s see if City can pull ahead.
HT: #NYCFC and TFC are scoreless at the half. City have created tons of chances and are dominating, but have yet to hit the back of the net.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 29, 2020
29’: NYCFC is still knocking, but still no answer. They’re creating chances in abundance but can’t find that finishing touch.
23’: Another big chance from City. Keaton plays Taty in behind on a great diagonal ball, but Taty can’t sneak in a shot and is denied by the keeper.
21' #NYCFC force a turnover at the back, but can't capitalize. City has definitely been the better team. But they need to start testing the keeper.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 28, 2020
19’: Keaton Parks has a wasteful attempt after great hold-up play. The midfielder definitely wants that shot back.
8’: Chanot makes a brilliant block on Morrow! City’s defense were almost caught sleeping there.
1’: Almost a perfect start for NYCFC! Maxi buries an assist from Gary Mackay-Steven, but GMS is offside on the run in behind.
We’re off in CT! Can NYCFC make it two straight wins?
Rosters are out! As expected, Taty Castellanos and Maxime Chanot return to the starting eleven after missing the Montreal matchup due to yellow card suspension. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is still out while recovering from COVID-19.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Anton Tinnerholm (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Heber (F) - ACL injury
- James Sands (M) - foot injury
- Ismael Tajorui-Shradi (F) - COVID-19
Toronto FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: Auro Jr. (D)
- Suspended after next caution: Pablo Piatti (M)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Achara (M) - ACL injury
- OUT: Jozy Altidore (F) - hamstring strain
- OUT: Alex Bono (GK) - dislocated finger
- OUT: Pablo Piatti (M) - Grade 2 calf strain
- QUESTIONABLE: Chris Mavinga (D) - undisclosed injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Jonathan Osorio (M) - undisclosed injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Ayo Akinola (F) - undisclosed injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Marky Delgado (M) - undisclosed injury
Referees: Nima Saghafi (referee); Jose da Silva, Tiffin Turpin (assistant referees); Adam Kilpatrick (4th official); Sorin Stoica (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: October 28, 2020, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, CT
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Fresh off a big 3-1 against Montreal with several key players missing, New York City FC travels to Toronto FC’s temporary home in East Hartford, Connecticut to battle a TFC team that is joint top of the Eastern Conference.
NYCFC will regain two key components to their squad in Taty Castellanos and Maxime Chanot, while Ismael Tajouri-Shradi remains out while recovering from COVID-19. TFC, however, could be missing up to nine players due to either injury or suspension, giving City a big chance to pull off an upset and help ensure them a first round bye in the playoffs.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.