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FT: New York City 0, Toronto 1

City lose second straight to start 2020

MLS: New York City FC at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC fall to TFC 1-0 after conceding a late goal.

City looked awful for about 90% of this game. And now the question must be asked: is this team any good under Ronny Deila’s direction. Yes, it’s early. But two losses off the rip isn’t good.

81’: Goal, Toronto. Matarrita commits a terrible giveaway and TFC pounce. Could be the game decided.

79’: Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Maxi Moralez.

72’: Double substitution for NYCFC. Taty Castellanos and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for Mitrita and Medina.

68’: SeanJohn makes a massive save to deny Altidore! If City can take a lead here, they have him to thank.

60’: A promising counter for NYCFC ends with a wasteful shot from Medina. Tajouri-Shradi needs to come on now.

53’: Jozy does his signature move: puts it wide. City need to be careful.

Five minutes in, and I’m already liking what I’m seeing. City are playing with more patience and picking out the right passes.

The second half has begun. Can NYCFC improve upon a lackluster first half?

HT: City escapes the first half scoreless against Toronto.

Not a good half. At all. NYCFC is chasing the game and has relinquished their trademark control over the proceedings. TFC is attacking and creating chances at will, while New York City is just trying to make it count on the counter. There needs to be a tactical change. Also, get Medina out of here.

Six minutes of stoppage time. Holy shit.

41’: A TFC attacker hits the woodwork. NYCFC has seemed one step behind this entire game. Something needs to change.

39’: Jozy Altidore absorbs some contact and launches a tricky shot from distance. Sean Johnson is equal to it.

28’: VAR will be consulted for a possible Toronto penalty.

Ted Unkel has checked, and it hasn’t been given. Another close call.

18’: Héber slips Parks through, but the American midfielder can’t do anything with it.

11’: Goal, Toronto. City were caught sleeping at the back, allowing the debuting Achara.

There will be a VAR check for offside. Looks like this one might swing into City’s favor.

Ted Unkel has consulted with the VAR, and has ruled no goal! Thank the Heavens.

8’: Alex Callens is down. He got stepped on as he was clearing the ball. Ugly challenge, hope he’s OK.

3’: Alexandru Mitrita tests the keeper from distance. Not the best shot, as it’s right at Westberg.

We’re off in the Six! NYCFC in the Gotham kits, Toronto in their whites. Is revenge on the cards?

Rosters are out! Just as I had hoped, James Sands has been moved into the center back position, freeing up a midfield spot for Keaton Parks to return to the starting squad. Very intriguing lineup for an intriguing game.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: Maxime Chanot (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:

OUT - Gudmundur Thórarinsson (lower body)

Toronto Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:

OUT: Michael Bradley (M) - ankle surgery, Pablo Piatti (M) - hamstring strain;

QUESTIONABLE: Nick DeLeon (M) - back tightness, Jacob Shaffelburg (M) - hamstring injury

  • Referees: Ted Unkel (referee); Adam Wienckowski, Logan Brown (assistant referees); Marcos DeOliveira (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: March 7, 2020, 5:00 PM ET

Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Online streaming: Fox Sports GO


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

The story: Time heals all wounds. But New York City FC’s devastating loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to Toronto FC last November is likely still burned into supporters’ memory. And today serves as NYCFC’s first opportunity for revenge in 2020 against a team that has now sent them packing in the playoffs twice.

Maxime Chanot being sent off last week is a huge talking point as it inflicts a huge gap upon City’s back line. How Ronny Deila decides to fill it could be the difference between winning and losing. Both teams failed to win their first game of the season last week, so expect two sides hungry for their first three points.

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