City boss Manuel Pellegrini fielded a strong team just three days after the Premier League season ended on Sunday, with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Edin Dzeko and Wilfried Bony all starting.
Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta also came on to play a part in the second-half but it was young George Evans who won the game with his late screamer sealing a 1-0 win for the Citizens.
Toronto put in a fine display and will perhaps feel unlucky to have lost the game but Greg Vanney was pleased to come through the game without any injuries ahead of Saturday’s clash with San Jose Earthquakes.
“I thought it was a good match,” Vanney said after the game. “We got out of it healthy and we kept everybody to the amount of minutes we wanted to keep them to. I thought we had a good showing for ourselves. That was key.”
Sebastian Giovinco only played 30 minutes and Michael Bradley played for the whole of the first-half but it was some of Toronto’s youngsters that impressed as the likes of Jonathan Osorio, Jordan Hamilton, Manny Aparicio, Chris Mannella and Jay Chapman all put in fine performances against the Premier League giants.
Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise for the Reds after the game and also spoke about the level of MLS.
“Well, we came here last summer, and we always see New York City FC, so we know about the level of MLS,” he said. “Toronto is a good team. Of course, maybe they were thinking more about the game they had to play on the weekend but they have good players and also, a very good team.”
Toronto face San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at BMO Field and will hope to record back-to-back home wins after last weekend’s victory over the Portland Timbers.