MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

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.

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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.

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.

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MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs (Eastern Conference Semifinal – First Leg) – Toronto FC vs. New York City FC

Venue: BMO Field – Sunday, October 30 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Toronto 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – NYCFC 16/5

Match Preview

Toronto FC welcome New York City FC to BMO Field for the first-leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal showdown on Sunday night, with both sides surely fancying their chances of progressing in what is an excellent fixture.

Neither of these sides have ever been in this position before. But they both deserve to be here after excellent seasons and that’s what makes this all the more exciting.

Some of the league’s biggest names will go head-to-head, with NYCFC’s Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and David Villa facing off against Toronto’s Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore.

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Toronto advanced through the Knockout Round with a 3-1 home win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night. They will need another strong performance in front of their own fans here, but need to hope the short rest doesn’t leave them fatigued.

Greg Vanney’s men are favourites for this match and they will fully expect to travel to Yankee Stadium with an aggregate lead ahead of the return leg next weekend.

Toronto’s only home game against NYCFC this season ended 1-1 so the Reds need to ensure they do enough to win what is going to be a tough game.

New York City enjoyed a Knockout Round bye after finishing the regular season in second place in the East. Patrick Vieira’s men rounded off a fine season with a 4-1 win over Columbus last Sunday and will be hoping the full week’s rest gives them an advantage here.

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NYCFC are appearing in the playoffs for the first time in what is just their second season in MLS. That might affect some of their squad, but the experience of Pirlo, Lampard and Villa should ensure they remain in this tie beyond the first leg.

The visitors have only won one of their last seven away games in MLS and that will be a concern heading into a very difficult road game here.

This will be the sixth clash between the two sides since NYCFC entered MLS in 2015. Toronto have yet to beat New York City, with three of the five previous games ending in draws.

Team News

Ashtone Morgan remains Toronto’s only injury concern ahead of the game and he is expected to remain sidelined here. Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will continue up front after tearing apart the Philadelphia defence on Wednesday evening.

New York City FC remain without Connor Brandt and Shannon Gomez. Frank Lampard returned to action against Columbus Crew last weekend and should be ready to start this one, with Jack Harrison perhaps dropping to the bench.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/L/D/W/W

NYCFC’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Away troubles – New York City have only won one of their last seven away games in MLS and have conceded 15 goals in that time.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – There is no doubt that Toronto are a much better side when the incredible Italian takes to the field. He shone in Wednesday’s win over Philadelphia and is looking back to full fitness at the perfect time for his side. He delivers when it matters most and will need to do so again here to give the hosts the advantage after the first leg.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-1 New York City FC – Toronto to beat New York City for the first time to take a slim advantage into the second leg next weekend. This is a huge game for both, but Toronto know that failure to win here would leave them with a mountain to climb at Yankee Stadium next weekend. There should be a few goals here, but ultimately the Reds look likely to edge it by the odd goal.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. New York City FC

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, June 20 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – New York City FC 15/4

Match Preview

Toronto FC host Eastern Conference rivals New York City FC on Saturday night, pitting two in-form sides against each other in what should be an intriguing clash.

Toronto seem to be getting the best out of Sebastian Giovinco after the Italian’s brace against DC United helped the side to an impressive 2-1 win last time out.

Some may still argue that they should be competing for the Supporters’ Shield considering the money they’ve spent, but they seem to be hitting form and look a tough side to beat at present.

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Toronto FC’s 2015 MLS record: P12 – W6 – D1 – L5

New York City FC come into this one off the back of a penalty loss in midweek. NYCFC fell to the New York Cosmos in the US Open Cup and need to try and bounce back quickly here.

After two wins on the bounce in MLS, it came as a bit of a surprise for the new franchise to fall short to their New York rivals. But they will want to make it three wins in a row in MLS when they travel to Canada on Saturday evening.

NYCFC’s 2015 MLS record: P15 – W3 – D5 – L7

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This is the first ever meeting between the two sides but with both coming into the game in their best form of the season, it should be an entertaining one.

Team News 

Toronto FC are without Clement Simonin and Stephen Caldwell due to injury, while Daniel Lovitz and Robbie Findley are doubts. Jozy Altidore could partner Sebastian Giovinco upfront.

New York City FC have as many as six missing through injury. Khiry Shelton, Josh Williams, Tony Taylor, George John, Connor Brandt and Javier Calle are all out. David Villa will continue in attack.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Both sides are unbeaten in their last three MLS matches.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian playmaker has been sensational recently and is very much the main man in the Toronto attack. He has an incredible seven goals and six assists already and looks to be unstoppable at present.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-0 New York City FC – Toronto are starting to look the team everyone expected to see after their expensive spending spree this winter and you can expect them to comfortably beat NYCFC on Saturday in front of their own fans.