Ismael Tajouri-Shradi struck for a brace, including the 88th-minute winner, to lift New York City FC to a 3-2 victory over a Toronto FC side that played almost the entire match with 10 men after Jozy Altidore was shown red in the 11th minute Sunday at BMO Field.
After missing seven game due to injury, David Villa made his triumphant return to the NYCFC lineup with the game’s first goal in the 15th minute. A mishit first-time strike by Anton Tinnerholm landed favorably on Villa’s foot and the NYCFC captain took a touch around Nick Hagglund before a low finish inside the far post.
Sebastian Giovinco leveled in the 27th minute against the run of play before Tajouri-Shradi slipped a shot below a diving Alex Bono nine minutes later.
Victor Vazquez leveled in the 51st minute, bravely heading among defenders to latch onto a Marky Delgado headed pass. It looked for a while the Reds would play to a second consecutive 2-2 draw, but Tajouri-Shradi sealed the road win two minutes from full-time with a thunderous left-footed strike.