Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs Toronto FC
New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Preview
New York City welcome Toronto to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night in a key game in the Eastern Conference. The two sides are separated by five points as they continue to battle in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Patrick Vieira’s side have been giving a good account of themselves this season. They’re sitting third and are on course for their highest points tally since their inception into Major League Soccer.
NYCFC have been scoring freely. They have netted at least two goals in their last six matches, however they could find it hard to continue that run here. Toronto have conceded the joint least amount of goals in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto FC will want to continue where they left off on the road. They won 3-1 on their last travels at Orlando. They are locked level on 38 points at the top of the East.
TFC are in for a tough visit to Yankee Stadium. They face an NYCFC side who haven’t lost in five at home, so if they come away with all three points it will be a huge result.
Greg Vanney will be expecting his side to avoid defeat at the very least. The last time Toronto visited Yankee Stadium they won 5-0 with a Sebastian Giovinco hat-trick, however this is a much improved New York City side.
No one enjoys a day at the ballpark more than Sebastian Giovinco
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) July 18, 2017
New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Team News
New York City are expecting to be without three players for this one as Khiry Shelton and Ronald Matarrita are out, while Yangel Herrera remains a doubt. Miguel Camargo is away at the Gold Cup with Panama, while Rodney Wallace is with Costa Rica. Sean Johnson has been released from the USA squad and should start.
Toronto will be without both Steven Beitashour and Nick Hagglund as they continue to recover from long-term injuries. They will be a miss. TFC also have a whole host away at the Gold Cup. Armando Cooper, Raheem Edwards, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are all absent. This is going to be a test for a squad stretched to the limit.
New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Key Points
New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Prediction
New York City FC 2-2 Toronto FC – Nothing to separate the two sides in a score draw. City will want to close the gap but they know how tough Toronto will be to break down. A solid away point for TFC.