TORONTO FC vs NEW YORK RED BULLS
BMO FIELD, Toronto, Ont.
July 20, 2013 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #187) 4 p.m. ET (TSN/RDS2; MSG)
Toronto FC will be aiming to put a halt to a long winless slide when they play host to the New York Red Bulls for the second time this season as the clubs meet Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC return home after seeing their winless run extended to five games at midweek in a 1-0 loss to a 10-man Chivas USA. The Red Bulls hit the road off their biggest win of the season, rolling over the Montréal Impact 4-0 at Red Bull Arena last weekend.
REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. AR1 (bench): Claudio Badea; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer; 4th: Silviu Petrescu
MLS Career: 100 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 35; pens: 25
Video: Ryan Nelsen following Friday's training.
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: TOR: Darel Russell
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: TOR: Doneil Henry, Matias Laba, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darren O’Dea … NY: Tim Cahill
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NY: Roy Miller (CRC)
ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Toronto FC 4 wins, 16 goals … Red Bulls 9 wins, 34 goals … Ties 3
AT TORONTO (9 meetings): Toronto FC 3 wins, 12 goals … Red Bulls 3 wins, 13 goals … Ties 3
FUTURE MATCH: 9/14: New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET (TSN2, RDS)
- The teams are playing for the second time this season. Tim Cahill scored a pair of goals – including the gamewinner in the 89th minute – to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory April 27 at BMO Field.
- The Red Bulls have an eight-game undefeated streak alive (6-0-2) vs. Toronto FC, dating back to June 24, 2009, a 2-0 TFC win at BMO Field. New York has two wins and two draws in their last four visits to Toronto.
- The Red Bulls have won their last four home games vs. TFC, and have won all three meetings lifetime at Red Bull Arena (with a 10-1 goal differential). TFC’s only away win vs. New York came in 2008, a 3-1 win at Giants Stadium.
- Coaches record: Ryan Nelsen vs. NY: P1 W0 L1 T0 … Mike Petke v TOR: P1 W1 L0 T0
LAST MEETING (MLS)
4/27: TOR 1, NY 2 (Osorio 83 – Cahill 39, 89)
- The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 38th minute. After slipping down the left side of the box, Roy Miller skipped a cross into the box from the left flank that Thierry Henry dummied perfectly, leaving Tim Cahill with an easy left-footed finish past TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
- But Toronto FC leveled the score in the 83rd minute. After Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles came well off his line to deal with a free kick, Jonathan Osorio picked up the loose clearance and delivered a composed finish from outside the penalty area.
- Yet the Red Bulls once again made TFC pay late. After a missed clearance from defender Ashtone Morgan, Henry skipped down the left side and drifted a cross to the far post, where Cahill was waiting with a leaping header to punctuate his first multi-goal game since coming to MLS last summer.
- TORONTO FC (4-1-3-2): Joseph Bendik - Ryan Richter, Darren O'Dea, Gale Agbossoumonde, Ashtone Morgan - Jeremy Hall - Reggie Lambe, Luis Silva, Hogan Ephraim (John Bostock 46) - Robert Earnshaw, Justin Braun (Andrew Wiedeman 12 / Jonathan Osorio 79).
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-1-1): Luis Robles - Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller - Lloyd Sam (Kosuke Kimura 71), Tim Cahill, Eric Alexander, Jonny Steele - Thierry Henry - Fabian Espindola (Peguy Luyindula 75).
Toronto FC has their winless streak stretched to five games in harsh circumstances, a 10-man Chivas USA getting the game’s only goal for a victory Wednesday evening at StubHub Center. TFC sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points from 19 matches.
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- Chivas USA went a man down after just 24 minutes as Eric Avila received a straight red card from referee Sorin Stoica for his tackle on TFC midfielder Darel Russell.
- But despite playing shorthanded, Chivas USA scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. Making his MLS debut, Erick Torres found open space outside the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot that deflected off Steven Caldwell and into the net.
- Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was called upon to make three saves to backstop the club's first MLS victory since March 30 and the first for head coach José Luis Real.
- TFC boss Ryan Nelsen made two changes to the team that fell 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Ashtone Morgan came into the back four for Ryan Richter, and Jonathan Osorio started in midfield for the suspended Reggie Lambe.
- TORONTO FC (4-4-2): Joseph Bendik - Richard Eckersley, Steven Caldwell, Gale Agbossoumonde, Ashtone Morgan - Jonathan Osorio, Darel Russell (Kyle Bekker 68), Matias Laba, Bobby Convey - Jeremy Brockie, Robert Earnshaw (Justin Braun 46).
- Toronto FC were shut out for a third consecutive game away from BMO Field, their road goalless drought now at 319 minutes.
- “It is a learning experience for the young guys,” TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said. “I thought they did well and worked really hard. If we could have got that one goal, it would probably have led to a comfortable two or three goals for us. They would have had to come out of their shell and play and we would have been fine. We just couldn’t get the goal.”
- TFC have been blanked on the attacking end in seven of their last 11 matches, scoring seven goals over that span. Toronto FC are 18th of the 19 MLS teams with an average of 0.89 goals per game, one of three teams scoring less than a goal per game (along with Chivas USA and D.C. United).
- “It’s tough, it’s getting people behind the ball and you have to try to break them down. The guys played on Saturday and they got the Canadian guys back but they had played on Sunday,” said Nelsen. “It was just a game that if we got one, like any team seems to be getting, we would’ve gotten one point pretty easy. But these games are sucker punches.”
- Ashtone Morgan made his first start in a Toronto FC uniform since April 27, after returning to the club from action with the Canadian national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Jonathan Osorio made his return to the lineup after missing the last two matches, coming in for the suspended Reggie Lambe.
- “It was devastating really. We were a man up early in the game, so we expected to win. We were knocking on the door with nothing,” said defender Gale Agbossoumonde. “Basically, that’s our season in a nutshell really. Things have not been going our way. It’s the perfect game to sum up our season.”
- Justin Braun came on at halftime to face his former club in place of Robert Earnshaw, his longest shift in a league match since May 18.
- “When you go up a man like that, you’ve got to go out with three points, or at least a tie. For them [Chivas] to walk out with the three points and us nothing is devastating. We’ve just got to put it behind us; we have another game coming up on Saturday and hope we can get some points there.”
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls returned home and took their biggest victory of the season, rolling to a 4-0 triumph over the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points from 20 matches.
Video: Opposition Preview: New York
- The Red Bulls got off to a dream start, taking the lead in the eighth minute. Eric Alexander made a mazy dribbling run past three Impact defenders before slotting a low shot past Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins and just inside the far corner.
- Thierry Henry doubled the lead eight minutes later. Fabian Espindola was given time and space with the ball at his feet at the edge of the penalty area and chipped the ball to a streaking Henry, who easily tapped home the perfectly-weighted cross just feet away from the goal.
- The Red Bulls made 3-0 in the 63rd minute. Tim Cahill got onto the end of a Henry corner kick and nodded it home with a diving effort.
- The rout was complete in the 88th minute. After substitute Lloyd Sam had been brought down by Jeb Brovsky in the 18-yard box, Peguy Luyindula fired the resulting penalty kick low and to the right to open his MLS scoring account.
- Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made one change to the team that suffered a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kosuke Kimura came in at left back in place of Connor Lade.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Kosuke Kimura - Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam 74), Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill (Michael Bustamante 89), Jonny Steele - Fabian Espindola (Peguy Luyindula 78), Thierry Henry.
- It was a second consecutive home win for Red Bulls, after a draw and a loss in their previous two games at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls return to the road off back-to-back shutout defeats.
- “It was a massive game for us. There was a lot at stake, I suppose, position-wise and points and also how many games we’ve played,” said midfielder Tim Cahill. “But the mentality that we’ve taken from Monday leading into this game was to put right the last game that we played. I felt that we did that on every level, and when you get the goals and you get the defensive performance and the fluidity of the play, for me, I’m very happy.”
- “It’s wonderful … but I’ve played in the league for 13 years, it means absolutely nothing,” said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. “This is such a streaky league, even the best teams have their moments going up and down. It’s just the way the league is built.”
- After going two seasons without scoring a goal, Eric Alexander has scored twice this season with his goal vs. Montréal. Alexander has matched his career-high of two goals set in his rookie season of 2010 with FC Dallas.
- "Tonight was a great example of what he’s capable of and I hope people don’t forget that he’s not an outside player. He’s someone that we converted to it and I think he’s adapted very well, and tonight he showed what he can do,” Petke said. Said Cahill: “He’s an exceptional player. He’s someone that’s gone above and beyond the call of duty for this team and he’s one of the most important players in this team. It’s great for confidence and it’s great to see him score goals, but he’s developing as a player and that’s what we want from him.”
- Peguy Luyindula scored his first goal with the Red Bulls when he converted the late penalty kick, the first of the season for New York. It was Luyindula’s first competitive goal since scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Europa League in early 2011.
- “It was a little weird for me. I’ve been waiting for that since a long time,” Luyindula said. “After my late [arrival in preseason], my injuries, it feels good to be congratulated by some guys. There was some pressure, but it feels good because of what I was feeling when I wasn’t scoring.”
- Thierry Henry scored a goal and added two assists, the sixth time in his MLS career he’s been involved in at least three goals in one game. He scored a hat trick and added an assist on March 30 of last year – vs. Montréal.
- For Henry, it was his third career multiple-assist game in MLS; one came in his league debut in 2010 when he recorded two assists, and he had three in a game last Sept. 29 in a victory against Toronto FC.
- On Tuesday, the Red Bulls reached a 2-2 draw with French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly at Red Bull Arena. Dax McCarty and Andre Akpan scored for the Red Bulls.
- Here’s the Red Bulls team: Luis Robles (Kevin Hartman 32’, Ryan Meara 62’), Michael Bustamante (Ian Christianson 67’), Jamison Olave (Ibrahim Sekagya 46’), Markus Holgersson (Matt Miazga 46’), Kosuke Kimura, Lloyd Sam (Ruben Bover 62’), Dax McCarty (Brandon Barklage 46’), Tim Cahill (Eric Alexander 46’), Jonny Steele (Marius Obekop 46’), Fabian Espindola (Andre Akpan 46’), Peguy Luyindula (Amando Moreno 69’)