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City look to stretch their unbeaten streak to four games and go to the top of the Eastern Conference as they return to Yankee Stadium to host Toronto FC. Watch live on the YES App with us!

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FT: NYCFC draw 1-1 with Toronto in a controversial result.

Much like last year, it seems like a smash-and-grab result for TFC as NYCFC seemed the much better side. Unfortunately, a series of piss poor calls from David Gantar gave TFC enough momentum to poke in a goal in the final stage of game.

Another point of interest will be that NYCFC might have just lost Alex Callens and Maxime Chanot to injury as both had to leave the game due to varying ailments. Should their injuries be serious, we’re looking at potentially depleted defensive corps going into the next few weeks.


78’: Double substitution for NYCFC. Malte Amundsen and Tony Rocha come on for Gudi and ITS.


74’: Goal. Toronto.

I don’t wanna make a habit of blaming the refs, but it was a series of poor decisions that led to that goal. It’s 1-1.



70’: NYCFC have created tons in this second half. And you can see the frustration from TFC.


65’: Medina almost got a brace. His free kick was well struck, but Bono was ready for it.


62’: Despite City now creating more chances, I think it’s become obvious that Jassen isn’t really a defender. I expect a change at some point.


53’: GOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! NYCFC pull ahead!

Gudi attempts to beat Bono with a free kick. Bono can’t handle the bounce, however, and Jesus Medina pounces on the rebound and taps it in to give City the 1-0 lead!



Second half is underway. Can City put it all together and pull ahead?


HT: NYCFC and Toronto remain scoreless as they head into halftime.

City seemed to generate more chances. But they aren’t head and shoulders better than the opposition right now. Not by a long shot. I’m curious to see what changes Deila decides to make, or if he decides to stay the course.


42’: Taty with a big chance to give NYCFC the lead. His first-time shot on the half-volley is wide of the mark though. Gotta be better than that.



22’: Chanot comes up big! That’s a huge tackle to deny TFC of a surefire golden opportunity.



11’: Sean Johnson makes first save of the night.


8’: First chance! Jesus Medina whips in a pretty good cross that almost finds Taty Castellanos. No dice.


We’re off in the Bronx! Can City make it four straight games unbeaten?


Rosters are out! Maxi, Alfredo, and Anton Tinnerholm will all sit this one out. Andres Jasson gets the start at RM while Ismael Tajouri-Shradi starts in the attack. This leaves no attacking options on the bench for City. That might not bode well late in the game if NYCFC is struggling to create. But Ronny Deila seems to have figured out how to line up week in, week out. So let’s see how this goes.


Rosters

New York City FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Thiago Andrade (visa)
  • OUT: Heber (knee)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Maxi Moralez
  • QUESTIONABLE: Alfredo Morales
  • QUESTIONABLE: Anton Tinnerholm
  • QUESTIONABLE: Gedion Zelalem (hamstring)

Toronto FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Ifunayanchi Achara (ACL)
  • OUT: Julian Dunn (hip)
  • OUT: Erickson Gallardo (groin)
  • OUT: Alejandro Pozuelo
  • OUT: Justin Morrow (thigh)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Jonathan Osorio (thigh)

Referees: David Gantar (referee); Nick Uranga, Jason White (assistant referees); Sergii Demianchuk (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: May 15, 2021, 1:00 PM ET

Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY

Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+ (live stream)

TV: YES (tape delay)

Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio

The story: Having gone three straight games unbeaten and racking up a total of 7 points against the likes of FC Cincinnati, the Philadelphia Union, and Orlando City, New York City FC returns home to Yankee Stadium to host Toronto FC.

The main talking point of this match is most definitely the injuries. TFC will have to fare without the services of Alejandro Pozuelo or Justin Morrow, while Jonathan Osorio is questionable. On City’s side, Maxi Moralez, Anton Tinnerholm, and Alfredo Morales are all questionable with leg injuries.

This sets the table for a battle to see who has the better depth as well as who has the best approach. NYCFC should be favorites considering their historical dominance at Yankee Stadium (when it’s available).

A win will see New York City shoot to top to the Eastern Conference, capping off an impressive start to their 2021 season.

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