Toronto FC will try to rebound from one of the worst defeats in franchise history when they host New York City FC on Wednesday in East Hartford, Conn.
Entering last Saturday's game with the Philadelphia Union on a nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2), TFC were dealt what head coach Greg Vanney called "a hard lesson" in a lopsided 5-0 defeat. Philadelphia outshot Toronto by a 27-3 margin, including 12-1 in shots on goal.
Toronto FC (12-3-5, 41 points) dropped into second place behind the Union in the Eastern Conference standings.
"When you're fighting for a Supporters' Shield or the top of the table, you expect the (opposing) team to come out fighting," Vanney said. "You've got to be ready to fight back and push back and set the intensity bar, but tonight it got set on us."
Toronto's lineup was missing several injured regulars against Philadelphia, and Marko Delgado was substituted at halftime for precautionary reasons. Delgado, Jonathan Osorio and Pablo Piatti are questionable to face New York City, but Vanney said Ayo Akinola and Eriq Zavaleta "should be ready."
NYCFC (9-8-3, 30 points) were also playing with a roster thinned by injuries and suspensions last Saturday, but they still emerged with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Impact. The game was scoreless until the 68th minute, when Jesus Medina scored the first of three New York City FC goals within an 18-minute span.
"It was even in the first half, so the first goal was important," New York City coach Ronny Deila said. "When we got the first by a great attack, we just kept on pressing and kept on running and playing and we got (goals) two and three."
Maxime Chanot and Valentin Castellanos are both available Wednesday after serving one-match suspensions for caution accumulation.
New York City FC need just one point from their remaining three games to clinch a postseason berth.
This will be Toronto and New York City's fourth meeting of 2020 in all competitions. Toronto FC is 2-0-0 in regular-season play, but NYCFC eliminated Toronto in the first knockout round of the MLS Is Back Tournament on July 26.
--Field Level Media