New York City FC vs. Toronto FC | MLS Match Preview
NEW YORK CITY FC vs. TORONTO FC
YANKEE STADIUM, Bronx, N.Y.
September 16, 2015 (WEEK 29, MLS Game #284)
7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes in US; TSN, RDS2 in Canada)
A crucial match in the chase for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference kicks off when New York City FC entertain Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening before an ESPN2 audience. Toronto FC are five points clear of sixth place and the final playoff spot in the East, while NYCFC are four points out. NYCFC return home after having their losing run extended to three games in a 2-1 defeat at FC Dallas, while Toronto FC suffered a second consecutive loss in a 3-1 home defeat by the New England Revolution last weekend.
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Eric Boria; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero
Penso MLS Career: 73 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 21; pens: 26
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NYC: Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Wingert … TOR: Nick Hagglund
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NYC: Andrew Jacobson, Kwadko Poku, R.J. Allen, David Villa, Jason Hernandez, Josh Saunders … TOR: Collen Warner, Sebastian Giovinco, Ahmed Kantari
DISABLED LIST: TOR: Mark Bloom (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (2 meetings): NYCFC 1 win, 6 goals … Toronto FC 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 1
AT NYCFC (1 meeting): NYCFC 0 wins, 4 goals … Toronto FC 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 1
6/20: TOR 0, NYC 2 (Villa 8, 58)
7/12: NYC 4, TOR 4 (Villa 17, 65; own goal 29; Mullins 84 – Giovinco 34, 40, 43; Delgado 82)
- The teams are meeting for the third time this season. TFC’s Sebastian Giovinco scored a hat trick in a nine-minute span and NYCFC’s David Villa scored a pair of goals as the teams played to a wild 4-4 draw July 12 at Yankee Stadium.
- On June 20 at BMO Field, Villa also scored a pair of goals to lead NYCFC to a 2-0 win.
Jason Kreis vs. TOR: P14 W7 L4 D3
Greg Vanney vs. NYC: P2 W0 L1 D1