Altidore picked up a yellow card after an altercation with Sacha Kljestan which saw the big striker hit the deck like Kljestan wielded Thor’s hammer.
Both players would grab a second yellow as Kljestan and several New York Red Bulls wound up in a restricted area for a halftime fight with Toronto. Altidore’s hopes lied in a video and RBNY’s entry into an area in which they were not allowed by league rules. From TorontoFC.ca:
“Jozy’s suspension has been upheld,” Vanney said. “The referees had given him a red card, so the burden of proof was on us to prove that it wasn’t. We weren’t able to do that with video we provided because there were still some gaps in the video.”
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Regular season: 1st in East (20W-5L-9T) Overall: 1st Playoffs so far: Advanced past Red Bulls 2-2 on away goals Last season: Lost MLS Cup Final to Seattle
Leading scorer: Sebastian Giovinco (17), Jozy Altidore (15) In-form player: Goalkeeper Alex Bono Secret weapon: Victor Vazquez — The Spaniard and ex-Barcelona prospect was the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year in 2015, and has nine goals and 10 assists in his first MLS season,
Record vs. Seattle: Won 1-0 in Washington Record vs. Houston: Won 2-0 at home Record vs. Columbus: Won home and away; Lost away
The big question: Will MLS find enough evidence against the Red Bulls to reverse Jozy Altidore’s suspension for the weekend’s tunnel fracas? If not, TFC will not have its top two scorers for leg one.
Regular season: 5th in West Overall: 10th Playoffs so far: Defeatied Sporting KC, then Portland Last season: Missed playoffs
Leading scorer: Erick Torres (14), Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis (10) In-form player: Elis — four goals in last seven matches Secret weapon: Juan Cabezas — The Colombia defensive midfielder averages 3.7 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game.
Record vs. Toronto: Lost 2-0 in Canada Record vs. Seattle: Lost 1-0 at Seattle, Won 2-1 at home Record vs. Columbus: Won 3-1 at home
The big question: Can backup backstop Joe Willis do the job with Tyler Deric suspended after a domestic arrest?
Regular season: 5th in East (16W-12L-6T) Overall: 5th Playoffs so far: Defeated Atlanta, then New York City FC Last season: Missed playoffs
Leading scorer: Ola Kamara (19), Justin Meram (14) In-form player: Artur — The 21-year-old center mid does the little things well, humming on a consistent motor. Secret weapon: Pedro Santos — Gets into dangerous places, and knows how to draw a foul.
Record vs. Toronto: Won at home, Lost home and away Record vs. Houston: Lost 3-1 in Texas Record vs. Seattle: Won 3-0 at home
The big question: Can the Crew continue to rise above the furor and buzz of owner Anthony Precourt’s horribly-timed relocation discussion? (EDIT: Twitter user CG Hudson pointed out that there is rarely a good time for a relocation discussion, and that’s spot on).
Regular season: 2nd in West (14W-9L-11T) Overall: 7th Playoffs so far: Beat Vancouver 2-0 in quarterfinals Last season: MLS Cup champion
Leading scorers: Clint Dempsey (14), Will Bruin (11) In-form player: Dempsey Secret weapon: Cristian Roldan — The University of Washington product has always good defensively, but has seen his goals rise from zero to four to six in his first three seasons.
Record vs. Toronto: Lost 1-0 at home Record vs. Houston: Won 1-0 at home, Lost 2-1 in Texas Record vs. Columbus: Lost 3-0 in Columbus
The big question: Can Seattle become the first back-to-back MLS Cup winners since the Galaxy in 2011-12?
So now that we have a final list of MLS semifinalists, we can make one final prediction for Dave Sarachan’s USMNT roster versus Portugal before Tuesday’s expected announcement.
The interim boss will lead the U.S. into Leiria on Nov. 14, and members of quarterfinal losing New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, and New York City FC are in play for the roster.
Changes: RBNY’s Aaron Long has a bit of LB versatility to go with his CB skill set, and he’ll take the place of Geoff Cameron, who is suffering from a head injury.
Midfielders (8): Weston McKennie, Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Lynden Gooch, Alejandro Bedoya, Tyler Adams, Darlington Nagbe, Jonathan Gonzalez.
Changes: Pulisic is reportedly out, and that’s fine because the Yanks would love to get a look at the Red Bulls’ Tyler Adams. Room will also be made for Darlington Nagbe and we’ll guess he takes Kelyn Rowe’s spot instead of Alejandro Bedoya. We’re also moving Jonathan Gonzalez of Monterrey ahead of Danny Williams, as Bedoya and Nagbe will have the experience/leadership angle covered.
Forwards (4): Bobby Wood, Josh Sargent, Aron Johannsson, CJ Sapong
Changes: We suppose Jonathan Lewis (NYCFC) or Haji Wright (Sandhausen) could fit here over Sapong, but we’ll stick with our gut instinct.