We look at 10 key statistics to break down Toronto FC’s hard-fought and disciplined 1-0 win over New York City FC on Wednesday night.
As we wrote recently, there has been growing concern about Toronto FC’s penchant for conceding late goals and dropping valuable points. In addition, the Reds entered Wednesday night facing a New York City FC team which knocked them out of the MLS tournament the last time they faced each other.
In the end however, neither issue mattered, as it was TFC who scored late to secure the three points. Here are 10 key numbers from the 1-0 win versus NYC FC:
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28 – Alex Bono equaled the franchise all-time record for clean sheets with his 28th one against New York. With one more clean sheet, Bono will break the tie with Stefan Frei and hold the record for himself.
6 – New York entered Wednesday night with a six-game unbeaten run which included four wins and just two goals allowed. The 1-0 loss to TFC means NYC FC now find themselves in a precarious spot to clinch one of the six automatic playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, albeit will 10 regular season games still remaining.
9 – Alejandro Pozuelo’s winning penalty means he has now converted nine of 10 attempts during his time in Toronto. Ironically, his one miss came versus this same New York team last September.
90 – The goal came in the final minute of the match, with the penalty being awarded after a Justin Morrow effort hit the arm of an unfortunate Nicolas Acevedo. Interestingly, Pozuelo also scored in the 90th minute to win the game, when the two sides played each other in last season’s playoffs.
2 – This is the second time Toronto has won a game in the waning moments this season. The first occasion came when Jozy Altidore scored in the 89th minute earlier this month, to beat the Montreal Impact 2-1 victory.
6 (again) – TFC has now scored six goals in the last 15 minutes of games this season, including their tournament loss to New York. By comparison, opponents have scored seven times against them in the final 15 minutes.
10 – This is how many shots New York had — including five on target — compared to just three by TFC, as the home side dominated the first half. The game evened out during the second 45 minutes, as both sides had six attempts at goal.
29 – New York’s dominance was further illustrated with 29 crosses during the game, compared to just seven by the Reds. In addition, the home side had a 9-1 edge in corners.
24 – While the final result showed that statistics don’t always tell the whole story, TFC had 24 clearances during Wednesday night’s game, to help convey how much pressure they were under. At the other end of the pitch, New York had just six clearances.
33 – Toronto has now scored 33 goals in 17 matches (including the tournament knockout fixture) versus New York City FC, while allowing 23. TFC also leads the all-time series 7-5-5.
What impressed you most about Toronto FC’s performance versus New York City FC? Moving forward, what are you predicting for the crucial matchup on Sunday night with Columbus? Let us know in the comments section below.