Injury-riddled Toronto FC suffers 2nd straight shutout defeat in loss to NYCFC

Jesus Medina’s second-half aim lifted New York City FC to a 1-0 victory over a banged-up Toronto FC on Wednesday in MLS play.

It marked the primary loss in 5 outings (3-1-1) for Toronto at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, its pandemic dwelling away from dwelling.

Toronto (12-4-5), whose understrength lineup was thumped 5-0 in Philadelphia on the weekend, was nonetheless lacking a half-dozen starters on account of harm or suspension. The ache continued Wednesday for Toronto, which has not scored in 181 minutes and was outplayed on the evening.

NYCFC (10-8-3) ought to have received by extra. It had loads of probabilities however lacked scientific ending. At the other finish, New York ‘keeper Sean Johnson ought to have introduced {a magazine} to the sport.

The lopsided loss to Philadelphia marked the top of TFC’s nine-game unbeaten run (7-0-2) and dropped it behind the Union on aim distinction within the Supporters’ Shield race.

Philadelphia moved three factors forward after beating Chicago 2-1 Wednesday.

WATCH | Medina tally helps NYCFC overcome TFC:

Jesus Medina’s aim within the 51st minute lifts New York City FC to 1-0 win over Toronto FC. 1:02

The New Yorkers had 64 % of possession within the first half Wednesday, coming at Toronto in waves. But they failed to show that into objectives regardless of some unconvincing Toronto defending.

NYCFC managed only one shot on track within the first half which ended with Toronto’s Nick DeLeon hammering a shot off the NYFC goalpost from simply exterior the penalty box in stoppage time.

But too typically, Toronto gamers had been caught chasing the NYCFC assault.

The breakthrough got here within the 51st minute when Quentin Westberg couldn’t maintain onto a swerving Valentin Castellanos shot and Medina was first to the rebound to knock it in. The Toronto defence had backed off Castellanos earlier than he took the shot from exterior the penalty box.

Toronto pushed ahead because the second half wound down however hardly ever appeared convincing till the ultimate minutes when New York had closed up store. Medina had a gilt-edged likelihood to double the lead within the 74th minute however missed the goal.

NYCFC beat visiting Montreal 3-1 final day trip to snap a three-game winless streak and, because of the Impact’s loss Tuesday to Nashville, clinched a playoff spot for the primary straight season. The New Yorkers stood fifth within the East going into Wednesday’s recreation.

Vanney shakes up TFC lineup

Toronto coach Greg Vanney made 4 modifications to the staff that began towards Philadelphia, bringing in Tony Gallacher, Justin Morrow, Liam Fraser and Patrick Mullins to interchange Brazil’s Auro, Marky Delgado, Tsubash Endoh and Erickson Gallardo.

Auro was suspended for yellow card accumulation while Delgado was feeling hip/glute discomfort from the Philadelphia recreation.

Centre again Chris Mavinga and Eriq Zavaleta made the bench after harm absences. Striker Ayo Akinola and midfielder Jonathan Osorio weren’t prepared, nonetheless, and didn’t costume.

Pablo Piatti (calf) and Jozy Altidore (hamstring), each designated gamers, are longer-term harm cases.

Defender Maxime Chanot and Castellanos returned from suspension for NYCFC. Libyan ahead Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was out after saying on social media that he has examined positive for COVID-19.

Toronto was discovered wanting early, saved by the offside flag when diminutive Argentine playmaker Maxi Moralez scored inside 50 seconds. Morrow, enjoying a extra superior midfield function, was booked within the third minute for a crude problem on Anton Tinnerholm.

Alejandro Pozuelo set Morrow free within the eight minute with a beautiful ball from simply contained in the Toronto half however Chanot acquired a foot in the way in which of Morrow’s shot.

Castellanos shot simply large within the twenty first minute after Michael Bradley was caught on the ball twice. Castellanos had one other likelihood within the twenty third after the Toronto defence was sliced open however Westberg acquired his physique in the way in which. Another Castellanos shot was large within the twenty ninth minute.

Westberg made one other advantageous save on Gary Mackay-Steven within the thirty third minute because the offside flag went up.

Vanney introduced on Jacob Shaffelburg and Endoh across the hour-mark, transferring Pozuelo right into a false No. 9 place. A poor backpass by Richie Laryea nearly caught Toronto out however Westberg, out of his aim, swept the ball away earlier than a NYCFC participant acquired to it.

Castellanos missed once more within the 77th minute after dodging Westberg close to the submit.

There was some dangerous blood in stoppage time when Toronto defender Omar Gonzalez ran over Johnson.

TFC hosts Inter Miami on Sunday in East Hartford in a recreation that will characteristic a restricted variety of spectators. Toronto finishes out the common season Nov. 8 on the New York Red Bulls.

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