Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs New York City FC
BMO Field – Sunday, July 30 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 3/1
Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Preview
Toronto FC vs New York City FC. It’s quickly becoming one of Major League Soccer’s standout fixtures. The two Eastern Conference contenders will go head-to-head for the second time in 11 days on Sunday afternoon, this time at BMO Field.
The pair drew 2-2 at Yankee Stadium on July 19 off the back of the Gold Cup break. But both sides felt they could have won the game. A contentious disallowed goal hurt Toronto, before NYCFC let a 2-1 lead slip in stoppage time, as Victor Vazquez earned TFC a point from the penalty spot.
Expect more drama on Sunday. Toronto come into the weekend at the top of the standings. They have 40 points and are on course for a first Supporters’ Shield title if they can keep their form going over the final 13 games of the regular season.
Last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Colorado ended their seven-game home win streak in MLS. But they will be confident of getting three points here, with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Justin Morrow back from the Gold Cup.
New York City FC picked up a massive win as they beat Chicago Fire 2-1 in a key clash at the top of the East last Saturday. They need to try and pick up another rivals’ scalp again here, knowing they’ll go level on points with Toronto if they leave with all three points.
Patrick Vieira’s men have won four of their last six games. They are in good form and will surely be playing postseason soccer for the second-straight year.
Last season’s Conference Semifinal humiliation to Toronto will still be in the memory of the NYCFC faithful. The Reds were far too good in that 7-0 aggregate win. However, they’ve yet to beat New York City in six regular season attempts.
This will be the final regular season clash between the pair in 2017. Although don’t be surprised to see them battling out in the playoffs come October.
Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Team News
Toronto FC will hope to be able to start Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Jozy Altidore. The trio have all returned to Toronto after winning the Gold Cup with the USA on Wednesday night. However, Greg Vanney has been dealt a blow as Benoit Cheyrou is out for eight weeks. Steven Beitashour remains out.
Bradley, Altidore and Morrow all returned to #TFC last night. Morrow trained, said he felt great physically. Bradley and Jozy didn't train.
— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) July 28, 2017
New York City FC will be without Maxime Chanot for the second week running. But Ben Sweat has been confirmed as fit after recovering from last week’s head injury. Khiry Shelton, Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo and Rodney Wallace all remain sidelined. Yangel Herrera is suspended, so Andrea Pirlo may come into the starting lineup.
Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Key Points
Toronto FC’s last five: W/L/W/D/D
NYCFC’s last five: W/W/L/D/W
Key Stat: Toronto FC have yet to win a regular season game against New York City FC in six previous attempts. They’ve drawn four and lost two of those clashes.
Key Player: Victor Vazquez – Even though all eyes will be on Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa, Vazquez could prove to be the difference-maker. The Spanish playmaker has four goals and ten assists in MLS this season. He created five chances in the 1-1 draw with Colorado last weekend and will look to unlock NYCFC here.
Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Prediction
Toronto FC 2-2 New York City FC – The draw at Yankee Stadium 11 days ago didn’t suit either side. The same would apply here, but that’s how we see this ending. Toronto haven’t lost at home since last October, while NYCFC have only lost one of their last six. Both sides are at the top end of the standings for a reason. And both could well cancel each other out in what should be a fascinating encounter on Sunday.