Water you doing Sunday at 1 p.m. ET? Because Toronto FC and NYCFC are set to make a splash at Red Bull Arena after a H2O-induced hiccup on Saturday.
In a surprising turn of events, Saturday’s clash between Toronto FC and New York City FC hit an unexpected obstacle; a water main break at the iconic Red Bull Arena.
As local authorities scrambled to assess the damage, it’s clear that even the mightiest of pipelines can’t escape the drama of football.
With all water sources to the stadium shut down, the match scheduled for Saturday night had to be rescheduled for Sunday.
The Reds were geared up to face the challenge, but it seems Mother Nature had other plans.
THE NEW KICK-OFF:
📅 Date: Sunday, September 24
🕐 Time: 1 p.m. ET
🏟️ Venue: Red Bull Arena
The rescheduled match promises to be worth the wait as TFC strive to break their 18-game winless streak on the road.
This unexpected delay may prove to be both a blessing and a curse for Toronto FC. The Canadian side has been locked in a seemingly endless road trip saga, going winless in a staggering 18 straight road games across all competitions. They’ve tasted defeat in their last seven consecutive games away from BMO, conceding a whopping 21 goals while scoring just one in return. The last time they savoured victory on the road was in August 2022 when they secured a 2-0 win against Charlotte.
Now, as the clock ticks and the pipeline is repaired, the fate of Toronto FC in the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs hangs in the balance. A number of scenarios could unfold depending on the results of MLS action Saturday night and Sunday:
Toronto FC Lose/Draw at NYCFC: If Toronto FC falters in their rescheduled clash against NYCFC, they’re mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs.
D.C. United Win/Draw vs. NY Red Bulls: If D.C. United manages to secure points against the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC’s playoff aspirations still mathematically live on.
Chicago Fire Win vs. New England Revolution: A victory for the Chicago Fire over the New England Revolution could further complicate Toronto FC’s impossible path to the playoffs.
Charlotte FC Win at Cincinnati FC: If Charlotte FC emerges victorious in their match against Cincinnati FC, it could add another layer of uncertainty for Toronto FC’s math.
Inter Miami Win at Orlando City SC: Lastly, an Inter Miami win against Orlando City SC could make Toronto FC’s journey off the bottom of the table even more challenging.
Could this unforeseen pause be the much-needed lifeline to shatter their away-game jinx, or will the unpredictable hand of fate continue to keep them on the edge of playoff math?
Stay tuned for Sunday’s showdown as TFC takes on NYCFC, and we find out if water, or victory, runs deeper at Red Bull Arena.