TORONTO FC vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
BMO Field, Toronto
October 14, 2015 (WEEK 33, MLS Game #319)
7 p.m. ET (TSN, MLS LIVE, MSG)
History is on the line when Toronto FC play host to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday evening at BMO Field. With just a victory or a draw, TFC can clinch a berth in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history. TFC come into the match riding a three-game winning streak following their 3-1 home win over the Philadelphia Union last time out. The Red Bulls are also chasing an important result – with a win or a draw of their own, they can secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Red Bulls are coming off of back-to-back victories, most recently a 2-1 home win over the Montreal Impact last week at Red Bull Arena.
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos
MLS Career: 47 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 10; pens: 16
AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Daniel Radford
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SUSPENDED: NY: Matt Miazga (through Oct. 18)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: TOR: Sebastian Giovinco, Nick Hagglund … NY: Felipe, Damien Perrinelle
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: TOR: Collen Warner, Ahmed Kantari. Damien Perquis, Justin Morrow, Jozy Altidore, Marky Delgado … NY: Sacha Kljestan, Chris Duvall, Mike Grella, Connor Lade, Lloyd Sam, Luis Robles
DISABLED LIST: TOR: Mark Bloom (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Toronto FC 5 wins, 21 goals … Red Bulls 12 wins, 44 goals … Ties 5
AT TORONTO (11 meetings): Toronto FC 4 wins, 14 goals … Red Bulls 3 wins, 13 goals … Ties 4
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Bradley Wright-Phillips, Anthony Wallace and Gonzalo Verón all scored as the Red Bulls eased to a 3-0 victory Aug. 15 at Red Bull Arena.
- The Red Bulls have a two-game winning streak alive in the series and are undefeated in the last three meetings with Toronto FC. When TFC defeated the Red Bulls 2-0 last May 17 in the only meeting at BMO Field, it snapped a 10-game winless streak in the series, their first victory since 2009.
- The Red Bulls are undefeated at Red Bull Arena all-time vs. Toronto FC, with six wins and a draw (and a 20-4 goal differential). TFC’s only away win vs. New York came in 2008, a 3-1 win at Giants Stadium.
- Coaches' records:
Greg Vanney vs. NY: P2 W0 L2 D0
Jesse Marsch vs. TOR P4 W2 L1 D1
LAST MEETING (MLS)
8/15: NYR 3, TOR 0 (B. Wright-Phillips 27; Wallace 65; Veron 93+)
- The Red Bulls used a moment of inspiration from Mike Grella to open the scoring in the 27th minute. Grella threaded a perfect ball from just outside the box to Bradley Wright-Phillips, who took a touch onto his left foot and got it past onrushing Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
- The Red Bulls doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Anthony Wallace made it 2-0 with a sensational strike, a searing, long-distance rocket from outside the box past a diving Bendik.
- The Red Bulls completed their comprehensive victory in stoppage time when new signing Gonzalo Verón added his first goal in MLS in the closing moments, putting home a rebound after a Bendik save of a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-2-3-1): Luis Robles - Connor Lade, Matt Miazga, Karl Ouimette, Anthony Wallace - Dax McCarty, Felipe Martins - Lloyd Sam (Shaun Wright-Phillips 80), Sacha Kljestan (Sean Davis 87), Mike Grella (Gonzalo Veron 80) - Bradley Wright-Phillips.
- TORONTO FC (4-3-1-2): Joseph Bendik - Justin Morrow (Nick Hagglund 81), Josh Williams, Ahmed Kantari, Ashtone Morgan (Daniel Lovitz 71) - Collen Warner, Benoit Cheyrou (Herculez Gomez 71), Marky Delgado - Michael Bradley - Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco.
Toronto FC name Bill Manning new club president (10/12)
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