New York City FC and Toronto FC are set to face each other in another potential Major League Soccer "fixture of the week" when they meet on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. The last time these Eastern Conference combatants met was July 12 in what turned out to be a stellar affair, as both clubs combined for a whopping eight goals during the contest.
While the previous outing will go down as one of the most exciting of the year, it’s possible their upcoming meeting at Yankee Stadium can be just as thrilling. Despite how the first matchup went, New York vs. Toronto tickets can be purchased on the secondary market at a relatively low average price of $48, however the primary market is an even better deal with a get-in price of just $25.
Jason Kreis and his New York City squad enter this Wednesday night clash with an upper hand in the season series, having won the first meeting, 2-0. As of late, though, the club has not played at its best, making this upcoming game a must-win as it pertains to their playoff chances.
Over the course of the last six matches, NYCFC has struggled greatly. The expansion team has not won since August 13, but luckily for them, Greg Vanney and Toronto also enter this contest on a losing skid of their own. After a strong month of August, the Canadian outfit opened September with two disappointing results.
New York City FC fell to 7-14-7 (28 points) this past weekend, suffering a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas. Toronto, meanwhile, also found themselves on the losing side in their most recent game, as the red-hot New England Revolution handed them a 3-1 defeat to drop them to 11-4-12 (37 points) on the year.
This September clash will be headlined by European imports. NYCFC has had an up-and-down season and now is in the midst of fighting to keep pace in a heated playoff race in their inaugural campaign. If they are able to endure and seal a coveted MLS Cup birth, it’ll be due to the feet of David Villa. The Spaniard has captivated fans all season long, leading his team with 15 goals.
Toronto has also relied on European firepower as forward and former Juventus man Giovinco has been torching MLS defenses on a weekly basis. The second-leading scorer in MLS, trailing only Columbus Crew’s Kei Kamara, Giovinco has found the net 17 times. His efforts have the Reds currently seated in fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Villa and Giovinco shined in the dramatic 4-4 draw at Yankee Stadium. Villa opened the scoring with a purely-struck free kick, while later adding a penalty. Giovinco was sublime, as he rebounded from an early penalty miss to record his triple. This pairing will once again be the central focus, although they are not the only stars fans will have the chance to witness.
Prolific midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard round out NYCFC’s big three. Pirlo has been better, while Lampard has struggled to truly make an impact. Toronto will look to counter with its own talented trio, as United States international duo Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore have game-changing talent.