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New York City FC vs. Toronto FC Pick & Prediction OCT 28TH 2020

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Toronto FC will try to rebound from one of the worst defeats in franchise history when they host New York City FC on Wednesday in East Hartford, Conn.

Entering last Saturday's game with the Philadelphia Union on a nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2), TFC were dealt what head coach Greg Vanney called "a hard lesson" in a lopsided 5-0 defeat. Philadelphia outshot Toronto by a 27-3 margin, including 12-1 in shots on goal.

Toronto FC (12-3-5, 41 points) dropped into second place behind the Union in the Eastern Conference standings.

"When you're fighting for a Supporters' Shield or the top of the table, you expect the (opposing) team to come out fighting," Vanney said. "You've got to be ready to fight back and push back and set the intensity bar, but tonight it got set on us."

Toronto's lineup was missing several injured regulars against Philadelphia, and Marko Delgado was substituted at halftime for precautionary reasons. Delgado, Jonathan Osorio and Pablo Piatti are questionable to face New York City, but Vanney said Ayo Akinola and Eriq Zavaleta "should be ready."

NYCFC (9-8-3, 30 points) were also playing with a roster thinned by injuries and suspensions last Saturday, but they still emerged with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Impact. The game was scoreless until the 68th minute, when Jesus Medina scored the first of three New York City FC goals within an 18-minute span.

"It was even in the first half, so the first goal was important," New York City coach Ronny Deila said. "When we got the first by a great attack, we just kept on pressing and kept on running and playing and we got (goals) two and three."

Maxime Chanot and Valentin Castellanos are both available Wednesday after serving one-match suspensions for caution accumulation.

New York City FC need just one point from their remaining three games to clinch a postseason berth.

This will be Toronto and New York City's fourth meeting of 2020 in all competitions. Toronto FC is 2-0-0 in regular-season play, but NYCFC eliminated Toronto in the first knockout round of the MLS Is Back Tournament on July 26.

--Field Level Media

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New York City FC

Toronto FC

Player Position Lineup
Alexander Ring Starter
Jesús Medina Starter
Valentín Castellanos Starter
Gary Mackay-Steven Starter
Anton Tinnerholm Starter
Maxime Chanot Starter
Sean Johnson Starter
Maximiliano Moralez Starter
Keaton Parks Starter
Alexander Callens Starter
Ronaldo Ulate Starter
Tony Rocha Substitution
Joseph Scally Substitution
Justin Haak Substitution
Juan Pablo Torres Substitution
Nicolás Acevedo Substitution
Luis Barraza Substitution
Brad Stuver Substitution
Sebastien Igeagha Substitution
Gudmundur Þórarinsson Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Liam Fraser Starter
Nick DeLeon Starter
Tony Gallacher Starter
Laurent Ciman Starter
Patrick Mullins Starter
Alejandro Pozuelo Starter
Richie Laryea Starter
Michael Bradley Starter
Omar Gonzalez Starter
Justin Morrow Starter
Quentin Westberg Starter
Jacob Shaffelburg Substitution
Eriq Zavaleta Substitution
Erickson Yirson Gallardo Substitution
Kevin Silva Substitution
Chris Mavinga Substitution
Jayden Nelson Substitution
Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty Substitution
Tsubasa Endoh Substitution
Ralph Priso-Mbongue Substitution

New York City FC

Toronto FC

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    Justin Morrow
  • MIN 45
    Alexander Callens
  • Period 2
  • MIN 51
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Jesús Medina
  • MIN 59
    IN: Jacob Shaffelburg
    OUT: Justin Morrow
  • MIN 59
    IN: Tsubasa Endoh
    OUT: Patrick Mullins
  • MIN 72
    IN: Gudmundur Þórarinsson
    OUT: Gary Mackay-Steven
  • MIN 75
    Valentín Castellanos
  • MIN 76
    IN: Ralph Priso-Mbongue
    OUT: Liam Fraser
  • MIN 82
    IN: Nicolás Acevedo
    OUT: Keaton Parks
  • MIN 82
    IN: Jayden Nelson
    OUT: Nick DeLeon
  • MIN 88
    IN: Sebastien Igeagha
    OUT: Valentín Castellanos
  • MIN 90
    Jesús Medina
  • Match End


Last 10

W 75% L 25%
6 2
  • @Orlando City SC D 1 - 1
  • @Chicago Fire W 4 - 3
  • New York Red Bulls W 2 - 5
  • @Toronto FC W 1 - 0
  • Montreal Impact W 1 - 3
  • @Columbus Crew SC L 1 - 3
  • @Orlando City SC D 1 - 1
  • New England Revolution L 2 - 1
  • D.C. United W 1 - 4
  • @Inter Miami CF W 3 - 2
W 56% L 44%
5 4
  • Nashville SC L 1 - 0
  • @New York Red Bulls L 1 - 2
  • Inter Miami CF W 1 - 2
  • New York City FC L 1 - 0
  • @Philadelphia Union L 0 - 5
  • Atlanta United FC W 0 - 1
  • New York Red Bulls D 1 - 1
  • @FC Cincinnati W 1 - 0
  • @New England Revolution W 1 - 0
  • Philadelphia Union W 1 - 2

Last Meetings

  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 1-0
  • Toronto FC @ New York City FC 1-0
  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 3-1
  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 0-1
  • Toronto FC @ New York City FC 2-1
  • Toronto FC @ New York City FC 1-1
  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 0-4
  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 3-2
  • Toronto FC @ New York City FC 1-2
  • New York City FC @ Toronto FC 0-4

Last Injuries

Toronto FC

New York City FC

New York City FC vs. Toronto FC

Jesus Medina's second-half goal gave New York City FC a 1-0 road victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday in East Hartford, Conn.

In the 51st minute, Valentin Castellanos fired a shot that was stopped by Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. The save led to a big rebound opportunity for Medina, who easily converted for his fourth goal of the season and second goal in as many games.

New York City (10-8-3, 33 points) won its second consecutive game. Having already clinched a postseason berth, NYCFC's victory allowed them to keep pace for a top-four finish in the Eastern Conference and at least one postseason home game.

The defeat dropped Toronto FC (12-4-5, 41 points) three points behind the Philadelphia Union in the race for first place in the conference standings.

Medina's goal was a deserved breakthrough after NYCFC's attack dominated the first half, controlling over 64 percent of the possession and outshooting Toronto FC by a 7-3 margin. NYCFC hampered themselves with some untimely offside challenges, however, and only one of their shots was on target.

This lack of finishing quality may have saved Toronto FC from another large deficit, four days after Toronto suffered a 5-0 rout to Philadelphia. Toronto didn't generate much attack against New York until the final 10 minutes, and finished the game without a shot on goal.

Nick DeLeon had Toronto's best chance of the match during first-half stoppage time, ringing a shot off the post.

Playing with a roster thinned by injuries, Toronto has lost consecutive games for just the second time all season.

Toronto FC also lost for the first time (3-1-1) in five games at their temporary home on the University of Connecticut campus.

NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson recorded his seventh shutout of the season but didn't record a single save.

Castellanos led New York City FC with six shots, four of which were on goal. His best opportunity was a close-range attempt stopped by Westberg in the 23rd minute.

--Field Level Media