Four. The number of goals Toronto FC scored in one half of extra time Saturday night against D.C. United. Unfortunately, four is also the number of days between playoff matches for TFC as the Reds are back in action Wednesday night when they take on New York City FC at Citi Field.
While Toronto’s turn around between matches is a swift one, their second round opponents have been out of game action for over two weeks, although sources have confirmed to WTR that New York played a friendly fixture against the Chicago Fire behind closed doors some time last week in order to keep their legs fresh.
Having finished atop the Eastern conference standings, NYC FC earned a bye in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, and as a result have not played in MLS action since defeating Philadelphia Union 2-1 back on October 6.
Both sides enter Wednesday’s contest in red hot form of late. TFC’s 5-1 result against D.C. United made it eleven straight matches without defeat dating back to the regular season.
For NYC FC, their final eleven regular season matches consisted of only one loss to go with eight victories and a pair of draws.
Despite New York’s success, Toronto has fared well against their Big Apple rivals this season. In the two regular season meetings between the sides, the Reds picked up four out of a possible six points. Most recently, the two teams played back on September 11 to a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium (note the venue change for the upcoming playoff game).
Prior to that, Alejandro Pozuelo emphatically introduced himself to NYC FC and all of Major League Soccer way back on March 29 when he scored two goals and added an assist in his magical MLS debut at BMO Field.