Ronald Matarrita’s injury ahead of the World Cup with Costa Rica adds him to the pair of Yangel Herrera and Cedric Hountondji as Boys in Blue who will miss out when the defending MLS Cup champions come to town.
Rodney Wallace remains with Costa Rica, who fought hard but ultimately fell 2-0 to Brazil in their second group stage match. A World Cup debut could be in the cards for the NYC winger when the Ticos take on Switzerland in their final group stage match in Russia.
The rest of the squad will be raring to go after a short World Cup group-stage break from league matches.
The Bronx will be bouncing…
- OUT: D – Ronald Matarrita (Hamstring)
- OUT: D – Cedric Hountondji (Hamstring)
- OUT: M – Yangel Herrera (Ankle)
- OUT: F – Jozy Altidore (foot surgery 5/8, out 4- weeks)
- OUT: D – Drew Moor (quadriceps strain)
- OUT: D – Chris Mavinga (hamstring strain)
- OUT: GK – Caleb Patterson-Sewell (elbow injury)
- DOUBTFUL: D – Ashtone Morgan (hamstring strain)
- Toronto won their first game against NYCFC in their last meeting – 4-0 in Toronto on July 30, 2017. NYCFC had won two of the first six games (2W-4D), scoring 2+ goals five times.
- NYCFC has gone unbeaten in their last nine home games dating back to season (6W-3D). They have conceded multiple goals just once during this span.
- Toronto’s 2-0 win against Philadelphia in their last road game snapped a seven-game winless streak on the road (5L-2D). The Reds had conceded an average of 2.6 goals per game during that run.
- Since the start of the 2016 season, NYCFC has accumulated 139 points and Toronto has 137. These are the highest two totals in the league.
- Toronto’s 4-4 draw with D.C. United on June 14th was just the fifth regular season game in which both teams scored at least four goals since the start of the 2015 season. One of the other four matches was between Toronto and NYCFC (4-4 draw on July 12, 2015).
- Sean Johnson has saved 87.5% of shots faced at Yankee Stadium in league play this season, tied for the highest of any keeper with multiple home starts.
- Jonathan Osorio has scored five goals in 12 appearances for Toronto in 2018, as many as he had in 86 appearances between 2015 and 2017.
- David Villa has seven goals in eight games against the Reds since the start of 2015. Only two players have more goals against Toronto. Counting the postseason, Sebastian Giovinco has nine goals in nine games against NYCFC, tied for the second most of any player against a single opponent since the start of the 2015 season.
- Nick Hagglund’s brace against D.C. United last weekend ended a 50-game regular season scoreless streak in MLS play. Hagglund now has four career total regular season goals. His only other goals came in a brace against the Portland Timbers in September 2014.
- Maxi Moralez has four assists in his last four regular season appearances, after only two in his first 11 appearances of this season.