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NYCFC look to reignite offense against Toronto FC

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New York City FC will aim to extend its unbeaten streak to five games when they visit Toronto FC on Saturday.

New York City (8-5-3, 27 points) is coming off a 0-0 draw on the road against Chicago on Wednesday. It ended New York’s run of 25 consecutive regular-season matches with at least one goal and came on the heels of nine goals in the club’s previous two matches.

That brought their season total to 30 goals, putting them among the top attacks in MLS.

“I think every game you can see what we want to do and how we want to play,” midfielder Alfredo Morales said. “We will not win every game 5-0 or 4-1 or whatever. Sometimes there are tough games, especially on the road.”

New York continues to be without forward Talles Magno as he recovers from a knee injury. The club traded defender Sebastien Ibeagha to Los Angeles FC on Friday.

Toronto (3-9-5, 14 points) is looking to bounce back after its five-game unbeaten run was snapped with a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. It was the Reds’ first defeat under interim head coach Javier Perez.

“Now what is important is we gather our forces,” Perez said. “We have a very strong opponent to play on Saturday, NYCFC. We are going to play them at home and the important part will be that we are ready for that game and show that at home, with our fans, from the very first minute.”

Toronto has conceded 36 goals this season, the most in MLS. Of those tallies, 16 have come in the first half and nine have been within the first 15 minutes.

The club will hope its past home success against New York will help turn the tide. Toronto has won three of its past five home regular-season matches against New York, recording a clean sheet in each of those wins.

–Field Level Media

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