FT: These past two games have been a damning indictment on #NYCFC's character. Twice, they were tasked with beating awful teams. And twice, they didn't deliver. Their complete collapse in the first ten minutes of the second half is just beyond unacceptable. Road woes continue. pic.twitter.com/ybrOmju7XI— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 8, 2021
We get 4 minutes worth of stoppage time. Need something to happen now.
76’: Maxi Moralez and Tayvon Gray come on for ITS and Tinnerholm. Andres Jasson and Cacha Acevedo previously came on for James Sands and Thiago.
55’: NYCFC has just collapsed completely. We’re tied 2-2.
City tried to play a super high line. Acharra easily breaks it before laying it off for Delgado tap-in. Poor. Extremely poor.
49’: Goal, Toronto.
NYCFC break down on defense as Laryea sneaks through and scores. 2-1, NYCFC still lead. Not how they wanted to start this half.
We’re back for the second half of play! NYCFC have a healthy lead right now. But the onus is on them to continue putting Toronto on the back foot and ensure victory.
29’: Santi almost scores a stunner! His shot from distance strikes the crossbar.
28’: Sean Johnson makes a big save to keep Toronto off the board! Soteldo attempted to chip him, but SeanJohn hangs in there.
21’: GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Isi makes it two!
Taty intercepts an errant back-pass. The Argentinian holds it up before playing the ball into the path of Ismael Tajouri-Shradi who nutmegs Bono to double NYCFC’s advantage. 2-0, Boy in Blue!
12’: GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! An early lead!
City ping the ball around the area before Taty Castellanos plays a delicately lofted ball past the Toronto defense. The ball finds Santi Rodriguez in who easily beats Alex Bono to give NYCFC that precious early lead. 1-0 NYCFC!
We’re off in Toronto! NYCFC wears the famous City Blue as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to five games tonight.
Rosters are out! With Keaton Parks serving a red card suspension, it seems that Alfredo Morales will be joined by the returning James Sands in the midfield. Other than that, Malte Amundsen starts over Gudi Thorarinsson at left back while Ismael Tajouri-Shradi starts over Jesus Medina on the right wing, opposite Thiago Andrade on the left.
Also, Santi Rodriguez earns his first-ever MLS start!
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: Keaton Parks
- Suspended after next caution: Cacha Acevedo, Taty Castellanos
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
- OUT: Talles Magno (knee)
Toronto FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Michael Bradley
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Julian Dunn
Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Michael Barwegen, Stefan Tanaka-Freundt (assistant referees); Pierre-Luc Lauziere (4th official); Joseph Dickerson (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 7, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, CA
Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+ (out of market)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: New York City FC’s midweek scoreless draw against the Chicago Fire was a bitter pill to swallow. Not only was the game boring and uneventful, it was also a reminder that the classic “MLS trap game” isn’t below any team in the league, even a club as talented as NYCFC. Even if NYCFC were match favorites coming in, match congestion and the tired legs as a result of it definitely cost City on Wednesday.
In another effort to snatch up some ground in the Eastern Conference while they still have games in hand, NYCFC travel north of the border to face Toronto FC, a team at a bit of a crossroads. TFC have had a hard go at it in 2021, being second-to-last in the East and almost losing Jozy Altidore as a result until head coach — and former NYRB assistant — Chris Armas was fired on July 3. Since then, former NYCFC assistant Javier Perez has taken over the club in the interim and has amassed a respectable record of 2-1-3 (W-L-D).
Despite Toronto looking more competitive than they were just over a month ago, NYCFC must get a positive result tonight. Gaining only a point on a lowly Chicago side earlier in the week was bad enough. City, even on the road, not being able to grab points against the second worst team in the league would be unacceptable.
It’s time to make it count.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.