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Toronto eyes better result vs. surging NYCFC

Field Level Media
23 Sep 2020, 03:40 GMT+10

Toronto FC is a top-four club in the Eastern Conference but would have felt better about its last match if it finished it off properly to get the three points.

Coming off a disappointing draw against the 13th-place D.C. United, Toronto hopes to enjoy a better outcome Wednesday night when it visits surging New York City Football Club at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Toronto (6-2-4, 22 points) sits five points back of conference leader Columbus. Toronto is 4-2-1 in its past seven matches but settled for a 2-2 draw Saturday night after getting a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact 10 days earlier in its final game on Canadian soil.

On Saturday, Toronto allowed the first goal five minutes into the match and held a 2-1 lead on goals by Alejandro Pozuelo and Ayo Akinola until allowing the equalizer in the 88th minute.

"We were in position to win the game tonight, even though it was a tough one, and we just didn't close it out," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "That's something that we've got to get better at as a team."

It was the second time in three games that Toronto allowed the tying or winning goal in the final 15 minutes of a match. On Sept. 5, Toronto allowed the game-winner to Vancouver in the 76th minute.

NYCFC (5-5-2, 17 points) sits in fifth and is 4-0-2 in its past six matches since a 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls on Aug. 20.

NYCFC put together three straight wins Aug. 24-Sept. 2 but has settled for two 0-0 draws in its last three games. On Saturday vs. New England, NYCFC gave up 14 shots with seven on target.

"All things considered, I think everyone stepped up and realized it was going to be a difficult game, it was going to be a game we were going to have fight for 90 minutes and earn everything we were going to walk away with," NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson said after making seven saves.

The teams split the first meetings. Toronto got a 1-0 home win on March 7 and NYCFC recorded a 3-1 win on July 26 in MLS' return to play near Orlando.

--Field Level Media

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