NYRB II Travel to Toronto for Midweek Clash

photo by Jennifer Gallardo

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

First place New York Red Bull II take to the road to play Toronto FC II with a chance to put breathing room between themselves and Louisville City FC at the top of the table.

This season, New York’s road record has been sparkling with only one loss on the campaign. They are also on a three match winning streak. Toronto FC II, on the other hand, has been in a bit of free fall. Losers of three of their last four games, the MLS2 side is playing more for pride as their playoff hopes have been all but vanquished.


PROJECTED STARTING XI:

New York Red Bull II: Meara; Long, Carroll, Schmoll, Adams; Williams, Metzger, Etienne Jr., Bonomo, Flemmings, Allen

Toronto FC II: Cavalluzzo; Taintor, Thomas, Maletic, Osorio; Fraser, Daniels, Babouli, Jabe; Edwards, Hundal

Player to Watch: Stefano Bonomo will be returning from his four game suspension. Whether or not he starts in Toronto or against Cincinnati later this weekend remains to be seen. However, the effective forward will add depth to an already competitive group of front players. It should be added motivation for Bonomo, who will look to redeem himself from a flagrant foul in a tough loss to Charleston.

X-Factor: Motivation will be key for John Wolyniec’s side. Complacency could set in after the team has already clinched a playoff spot and has a firm hold on first place for the first time this season. Toronto FC II, while not impressive, can still be a dangerous side. New York will need to remain vigilant in order to keep from dropping points with their games in hand on teams down the table.

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Toronto FC II has had a season to forget. With a record of 6 wins, 14 losses and 5 draws, the MLS2 side has been what pundits have stereotypically assumed the reserves sides would be. At times they have been lethargic and unmotivated. However, they are still a young group playing for an opportunity in MLS which always makes them dangerous.

For New York, it is all about keeping the course. Their road form has been magnificent this season and has been one of the key factors to their early clinching of a playoff spot. In week one of the season, Toronto proved to be formidable on the counter. They took advantage of key breakdowns in Red Bull defense to escape Red Bull Arena with a 2-2 draw. Since then, New York has solidified their defense and should be expected to come away with the win in Canada.