Jesus Medina Goal Gives NYCFC 1-0 Win Over Toronto FC
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Medina's goal in the second half was enough to give New York City all three points in a 1-0 victory over Toronto Fc on Wednesday night.
With this loss and Philidelphia's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire, Toronto FC who were in once pole position to secure the Supporter's Shield title now finds themselves trailing the Union in the standings by 3 points.
New York City was in full control for almost the entirety of the first half, with attackers such as Maxi Moralez and Valentin Castellanos proving to be a handful for the Toronto backline. Castellanos had arguably the best opportunity of the half when he slipped behind the Toronto defense to collect a through ball from Keaton Parks. His shot forced Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg to make a quick save to keep the game scoreless.
Although lacking an attacking edge for most of the first half, Toronto did have one great chance of their on in first-half stoppage time. A Nick DeLeon wonder strike from outside the box beat NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson, only to strike the post.
The first and only goal of the game came six minutes into the second half when a shot from Castellanos was parried into the path of the oncoming Jesus Medina who was quick to grab the rebound and give his side the lead.
Although coming away with the victory NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila will surely be concerned by the lack of his team's ability to take full control of the game. New York had 64 percent possession of the ball and outshot Toronto 7-3, but the lack of clinical finishing meant this game could have gone either way.
Toronto FC's next match is on Sunday, November 1st as they take on new MLS expansion side Inter Miami CF at 7 pm ET