Toronto FC and New York City FC Play to 1-1 Draw
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went back to 4-3-3, which proved to be a successful formation on Saturday; Quentin Westberg got the start in-goal, Auro Jr., Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, and Nick DeLeon were on the backline, Marky Delgado, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Michael Bradley in the midfield, and Erickson Gallardo, Nicolas Benezet, and Jozy Altidore as the three attackers up top.
With Vanney having a relatively healthy squad, it seemed as though the team would finally be able to put their early season struggles behind them however, that wasn’t the case as New York City FC would get on the score sheet in the 5th minute following Alexandru Mitritia’s perfectly placed free kick.
As the game progressed, Toronto seemed to have adapted to the smaller pitch and utilized the speed of their wingers to get crosses and scoring opportunities through their link up play with forward Jozy Altidore.
Michael Bradley did a great job distributing the ball to the attackers up top and was a calming presence for the team, which helped the team in maintaining their composure on the defensive end following the early goal and at the same time,
Fortunately for Toronto FC, New York City’s backline, who had been pushing up quite high in the midfield, would get caught on the counterattack, leading to Jozy Altidore being brought down in the box and a penalty kick being awarded to Toronto.
Alejandro Pozuelo would step up for Toronto and struck the ball in the bottom-left corner to tie the game 1-1 and give his team the momentum leading into halftime. This was a positive sign for the DP as it was his 10th goal of the season and a great confidence booster for the team.
The second half continued to be a back and forth contest with both teams exchanging scoring chances. It looked as though luck was on Toronto’s side as the team would receive yet another penalty when VAR determined that there was a handball offense committed in New York City’s box.
Pozuelo once again stepped up to the penalty spot however, this time he would be denied as he took a chance by striking the ball in the same position; he struck the ball in the bottom-left corner and was stopped by New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Toronto FC are back in action this Sunday, when they host the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (@TorontoFC)