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September 23, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New York City FC News Release


New York City FC 0 - 1 Toronto FC

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2020 MLS Regular Season

Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ


New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Gudmundur Thorarinsson (70' Ronald Matarrita); James Sands, Keaton Parks, Jesus Medina (70' Alexandru Mitriță); Gary Mackay-Steven (70' Ismael Tajouri-Shradi), Valentin Castellanos (57' Heber) (88' Nicolas Acevedo), Alex Ring

SUBS UNUSED: Brad Stuver, Joe Scally, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tony Rocha

Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Tony Gallacher (61' Justin Morrow); Jonathan Osorio, Nick DeLeon (46' Erickson Gallardo), Pablo Piatti, Alejandro Pozuelo; Ayo Akinola (87' Patrick Mullins), Jozy Altidore (61' Jayden Nelson)

SUBS UNUSED: Quentin Westberg, Laurent Ciman, Eriq Zavaleta, Tsubassa Endoh, Jacob Shaffelburg


90' - TOR - Alejandro Pozuelo (Penalty)


23' - NYC - Alexander Callens (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

25' - TOR - Pablo Piatti (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

36' - NYC - Valentin Castellanos (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

40' - TOR - Nick DeLeon (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

56' - TOR - Jozy Altidore (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

64' - TOR - Jayden Nelson (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

72' - NYC - James Sands (YC - Unsporting Behavior)

89' - NYC - Nicolas Acevedo (YC - Handball)


New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila:

On the match...

"70 minutes of this game was really, really good. We have to kill teams off when you have those chances we have. They don't have anything. For me, what I say is the first 70 minutes is something I can be really proud of. We're meeting one of the best teams and they were struggling with the intensity we played...but right now, we can't finish things off and then we have to keep a 0. Today we deserved to keep 0 as well, but you can't blame anybody [for the handball]...then in the end we lose. The last 20 minutes we lost our intensity, we lost our pressure. We didn't move the ball. We were more talking about the ref than talking about playing the actual game. They were ready to get killed off the last 20 minutes but we couldn't manage to do it because we lost our focus and that's disappointing."

New York City FC Forward Gary Mackay-Steven:

On team's struggle to score...

"It's a lot worse in performances where you're not creating chances and you're not getting your opportunity. Obviously tonight was frustrating. I felt we dominated for long periods of the game. We didn't take our chances which it ultimately comes down to. I feel the buildup play, getting into the final third, we're doing a lot of good things and I feel it will turn for us. It's a little frustrating but it comes down to hard work on the training ground. The goals will come for sure, but we keep our heads up, keep positive...a lot was good about tonight, but we just need to work on getting the ball in the back of the net."

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