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Toronto FC (1) - New York City FC (1) Post Game Summary

September 12, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release

TORONTO FC (1) - NEW YORK CITY FC (1) POST GAME SUMMARY

SCORING SUMMARY

NYCFC - Alexandru Mitrita 6'

TFC - Alejandro Pozuelo 40' (PK)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

NYCFC - Alex Ring 23' (caution)

NYCFC - Anton Tinnerholm 40' (caution)

NYCFC - Sean Johnson 77' (caution)

NYCFC - Valentin Castellanos 84' (caution)

TFC - Nicolas Benezet 85' (caution)

TFC - Chris Mavinga 90'+6 (caution)

RECORDS

TORONTO FC 11-10-9 42 points

NEW YORK CITY FC 15-5-9 54 points

LINEUPS

TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Nick DeLeon (Ashtone Morgan 54'), Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Auro; Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Alejandro Pozuelo; Nicolas Benezet, Erickson Gallardo (Tsubasa Endoh 40'), Jozy Altidore

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Drew Moor, Laurent Ciman, Jacob Shaffelburg, Patrick Mullins

NEW YORK CITY FC - Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat, Sebastien Ibeagha, Anton Tinnerholm, Ronald Matarrita; Alex Ring (C), Keaton Parks, Jesus Medina (Gary Mackay-Steven 79'), Valentin Castellanos, Alexandru Mitrita; Tony Rocha (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 63')

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Stuver, Luis Barraza, Juan Torres, Eric Miller, Ebenezer Ofori

GREG VANNEY - HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

Thoughts on tonight's match...

"We were there for three. The second half we had some great chances, obviously a PK but also some other very good looks at goal. We didn't hit the target on those and obviously Sean [Johnson] makes a great save on the PK. I thought it was tough, it's a muggy night, it's really humid and I felt like our guys down the stretch had more. They're doing more to push the game, more to try and get pressure, more to try and win this thing. It's says a lot where our team is at right now. The guys are disappointed they didn't take three out of this. Again, another sign of where we are at. I'm happy with the effort, I'm happy with, by and large, the performance, and we just needed to execute that one or two more times when we had some really good looks."

On the team's recent play and place in the standings...

"I think the mentality is great. Every game is different and certain games are tough. Tonight, was tough because it's a good opponent who plays, it's a tight field, but like I said it's really humid. You could tell both teams were fading a little bit, certain guys were fading out there and legs were getting a little tired. Again, when it's all said and done, our guys were pushing to get the result which is that resilience and heart that we showed at the end, we were just unfortunate not to get there. The guys are confident and it's a good time of year to feel that way. We've got to keep building on each one of these efforts and performances and keep working to execute when we have the moments to win the game."

QUENTIN WESTBERG - GOALKEEPER, TORONTO FC

On the team's effort tonight...

"It was a very good effort. It was a good game in a very humid environment. We got scored on pretty early and were able to not only comeback, but actually do very well in the second half. So, they're a good team because of their playing style that has gotten them above more than one team, and you understand why they are on top. It's a good game of soccer. It was very intense and could have gone both ways. I think in the second half, it was closer to our way. But all and all, we showed good character and played a good game also."

On the team's trend over the last few games...

"I think the important thing is that we're creating chances for ourselves. It's really important because we really have our style of play, our values, or principles that we stick to and this brings us to creating our opportunities. And this is the most important thing going forward. Against Cincinnati, we scored on every shot we had on frame, so sometimes it goes our way, sometimes it doesn't go as much. But all and all, was very good."

Talk about how the team has improved over the past few weeks...

"There is no such thing as comfort in soccer because the day you sit back, watch the standings and stop worrying about playing, well is when you get punished. So, t's been good. But what's most important is ahead of us."

On the end result...

"It's a good sign. It was a midweek game and we were in better shape physically than them. We had more gas. Technically we were more sound than them. So overall, I think it's really positive and I think coming out of this game we looked positive."

ASHTONE MORGAN - DEFENDER, TORONTO FC

Thoughts on the performance tonight...

"It was a great performance, we dug deep. It's been a long away trip for us. I thought we could have gotten three points, but you know we'll take the point and we move on to the weekend."

On how the team battled at the end of the match...

"It just shows the brotherhood on this team. We were able to fight for each other and never give up and play to the last whistle. We still feel we left some points on the table, but we'll take that and get ready for the weekend."

If the team is building momentum towards the end of the year...

"Yeah, definitely. The big thing for us is momentum and as you can see from our performances, that's been a thing. We're just trying to keep pushing forward and keep pushing on. I love what we've been playing with."

Talking about the next man up mentality...

"Our team showed they are resilient. We love to fight, and we love to battle and we've also been playing great football which I know you can see today. So, we just keep pushing on and we get all of our boys back and move on to the weekend."


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