New York City FC vs. Toronto FC
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 18, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TSN4, MLS LIVE, RDS2, YES
Toronto FC and New York City FC square off Wednesday night at the BMO Field.
Toronto FC play their third straight home match after beginning the season with eight straight road matches. Toronto FC is relying on a defense that’s allowed 11 goals in 10 matches and has produced shutouts in three of its last five matches. Offensively, Toronto FC has six players who have produced at least one goal and three players with at least 11 shot attempts. Sebastian Giovinco leads Toronto with eight goals, Will Johnson has three assists and Jozy Altidore has 11 shots. Defensively, Clint Irwin has come away with 32 saves on 44 shots faced. Toronto FC has earned points in five of their last seven home matches.
New York City FC is on a three-match winning streak and has allowed just one goal in its last two matches. New York City FC hasn’t had the best defense this season but has allowed two or less goals in five straight matches and recently shutout DC United. Offensively, New York City FC has seven players who have scored a goal and five players with at least 13 shot attempts. David Villa leads New York City with eight goals, Khiry Shelton has four assists and Steven Mendoza has 20 shots. Defensively, Josh Saunders has come away with 30 saves on 48 shots faced. New York City FC has won four of its last eight road matches.
These teams have played four times in the past, and New York City FC leads the way with a 2-0-2 record. The last match back in March resulted in a 2-2 draw. Toronto has been shutout twice in the four meetings, and the last two matches have combined for six goals.
Toronto FC has to start taking advantage of these home matches, and it can start by getting its first victory over New York City. Toronto enters this match as the hotter team and should be able to earn three points with its defense leading the way.