FT – NYCFC 3-0 Toronto FC
90′ – Two minutes of added time!
84′ NYCFC subsitutions – NYCFC make a pair of substitutions: Justin Haak and Alonso Martínez come in for Andrés Perea and Andres Jasson.
79′ – Bernardeschi’s shot dosen’t challenge the NYCFC goalkeeper and misses over the top of the crossbar.
75′ NYCFC substitution – Matías Pellegrini comes in for Santiago Rodríguez.
71′ Toronto FC substitution – Prince Owusu comes in and makes his second appearance for the club, replacing Sapong up top.
71′ Antonoglou has his shot punched away by Freese.
67′ – Talles Magno has his header go over the top of the crossbar with a hand from Gavran.
62′ Toronto FC substitutions – A pair of subs come on for TFC: Aimé Mabika replaces Sigurd Rosted and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty comes in for Deandre Kerr.
54′ GOAL NYCFC – Fernández’ left footed shot finds the back of the net. NYCFC take a 3-0 lead.
49′ – O’Neill is unable to get his head on the ball from a difficult angle directed towards the net.
46′ NYCFC substitution – NYCFC makes one change: Julián Fernández comes in for Bakrar.
46′ Toronto FC substitution – TFC makes one change to start the second half: Themi Antonoglou comes in for Raoul Petretta.
46′ – Second half is underway!
HT – Toronto FC down by two at the half. Let us hear your comments below!
45’+4 GOAL NYCFC – Andres Jasson spins in the box and shoots it past Gavran to give NYCFC a 2-0 lead!
38′ – Yellow card issued to O’Neill.
38′ – Sitting on the edge of the box, Jonathan Osorio’s shot goes directly into Matt Freese.
37′ – Talles Magno finds space in the box but his header misses wide of the net.
31′ PENALTY SAVED – After lengthy VAR, penalty is awarded but Gavran comes up with a big save on Bakrar’s penalty kick. TFC still down by one.
29′ – Video review on a potential hand ball by Shane O’Neill. Sergii Boiko heads to the sidelines to take a look at the screen.
7′ – Mounsef Bakrar takes an excellent shot on net, but Luka Gavran pounces on it for the save.
2′ – GOAL NYCFC – Andrés Perea puts a brilliant header on goal and finds the back of the net.
1′ – We are FINALLY underway at Red Bull Arena!
12:15 pm ET – Starting XIs are out! No Lorenzo Insigne in the matchday squad and Luka Gavran makes his first start in net for the senior club. (See below)
12 pm ET – With just one win in their last five games and a concerning track record on the road, TFC head to Red Bull Arena for a match against NYCFC, who have two wins in their last four games. The Canadian side has also struggled to find the back of the net on the road, last scoring away from home on June 24 after six consecutive road games without a goal. So don’t forget to get your predictions in!
Head Coach Terry Dunfield makes three changes following the 4-0 loss to Inter Miami on Wednesday: C.J. Sapong gets the start up front alongside Federico Bernardeschi and Deandre Kerr. Captain Michael Bradley moves to the midfield with Shane O’Neill coming in on defence. And Hamilton, ON. native Luka Gavran earns his first start in net for the senior club.
OUT: Adama Diomande (lower body)
OUT: Cristián Gutiérrez (lower body)
OUT: Sean Johnson (hand surgery)
OUT: Cassius Mailula (lower body)
OUT: Greg Ranjitsingh (knee surgery)
OUT: Brandon Servania (lower body)
QUESTIONABLE: Lorenzo Insigne (lower body)
QUESTIONABLE: Prince Owusu (lower body)
QUESTIONABLE: Víctor Vázquez (lower body)
New York City FC:
The goal-scoring threat Mounsef Bakrar (three goals in his last six games) leads the frontline with Talles Magno who also scored in the 2-0 win over Orlando Wednesday and making Nick Cushing’s starting XI. Goalkeeper Matt Freese is between the sticks who has three shutouts in his last four starts.
OUT: Cody Mizell (lower body)
OUT: Alfredo Morales (lower body)
OUT: Maxi Moralez (ACL)
OUT: Keaton Parks (lower body)
SUSPENDED: Richard Ledezma
Match Preview by Corey Brady
On to the next one.
TFC has a short turnaround from Wednesday’s loss, to travel to New York to play NYCFC on Saturday night. Despite the “New York City” moniker, the game will be played at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. At least Toronto does not have to play on a small baseball diamond pitch at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
Last time these two teams met was during the Leagues Cup, where NYCFC put 5 goals past former NYCFC fan favourite Sean Johnson in his homecoming game. It was TFC’s most lopsided loss of the 2023 campaign, which is really saying something.
Toronto FC, as usual, enter Saturday’s match with a spate of injuries. Some of the long-term injuries facing the team include Sean Johnson, Greg Ranjitsingh, Cassius Mailula, and Christian Gutierrez. Prince Owusu was not in the lineup against Miami with a lower body injury. On Wednesday, Victor Vasquez and Brandon Servania were subbed off in the first half with injuries leaving Terry Dunfield’s midfield a bit thing, making selecting his best XI even more difficult. A depleted midfield, combined with a porous defensive line, should create a headache for Dunfield in his penultimate match as TFC manager before John Herdman takes the reigns on October 1.
New York City FC is coming off a 2-0 home win over Orlando City at Citi Field. The team is unbeaten in four matches, earning two wins and two draws. NYCFC currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, just 2 points behind D.C. United for the last playoff spot.
One of the areas that NYCFC has struggled this season is goal production. Their leading scorer, forward Gabi Pereria, was transferred to Qatari side Al-Rayan in July. Talles Magno is tied with Santi Rodriguez with the team lead in goals with four. A lack of goal scoring might be a moot point for this team if they put in a similar performance to the Leagues Cup rout of TFC. New signing Monsef Bakrar has scored three goals in eight matches since arriving from Croatian side NK Istra 1961 in July.
One positive for Toronto FC is their historical record against NYCFC. The Reds actually lead the all-time head-to-head matchup with nine wins and eight losses. The two teams have drawn seven times in the past.
Historically, TFC has played well against NYCFC in New York or in New Jersey, including a 5-0 playoff win in 2016, with a Sebastian Giovinco hat-trick. TFC also bounced City from the 2019 Playoffs on their way to the MLS Cup final. If only TFC still had Alejandro Pozuelo to terrorize NYCFC keepers.
The 2023 iteration of TFC has not shown any type of consistent play to warrant an optimistic outlook for Saturday’s match. Perhaps there will a pleasant surprise with a TFC result, but don’t bet on it.
Opponent: New York City FC
Kickoff time: 1 pm ET
Watch: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (Free)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ