New York City FC posted a confident 3-0 win over Toronto FC on a rain-whipped afternoon at Red Bull Arena after a water main break forced the game to be delayed one day. NYCFC were depleted by injuries and suspensions, but the team nevertheless looked composed, balanced, and in control: Here are your NYCFC vs Toronto highlights.
It was another must-win game for NYCFC, and once again they came through. New York City are now on their best run of form all year, with three wins and two draws out of their last five games. The NYCFC attack scored eight goals in those five games, while the defense gave up just one goal — and that was a penalty kick.
This new-look New York City were on display on this soggy afternoon. The team opened the scoring inside of the 2′ when Andrés Perea nodded in his first goal for NYCFC, then added a second goal when Andres Jasson curled a low shot just inside the post during first-half stoppage time.
The defense looked solid throughout the match. Center-backs Thiago Martins and Birk Risa handled a Toronto that looked more dangerous than their worst-in-the-Eastern Conference record suggests. Matt Freese logged his third consecutive clean sheet in a row, and his fourth in five games.
The win lifted NYCFC to 9th place in the Eastern Conference standings, and into the playoff zone. It remains tight at the bottom of the table, but if New York City keep putting up performances like this one – and if CF Montréal, DC United, Chicago Fire, Charlotte FC, and Inter Miami continue to drop points – NYCFC just might be able to sneak into the postseason and keep their playoff streak alive.