MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 0-2 New York City FC (video)


The game in 100 words (or less): Was it an upset? I mean, come on, this is Major League Soccer. Is any game really an upset, given the parity and up and down nature of the league. That said, New York City FC (now on a three-game winning streak) beating Toronto FC (previously on a three-game winning streak), 2-0 on a pair of David Villa goals, on Saturday night at BMO Field was a pretty big upset. Everything was just starting to come together for TFC, thanks to the brilliance of Sebastian Giovinco and the emergence of countless other role players through the lineup. And then, in true TFC fashion, splat, it all came crashing back down in 90 minutes. Giovinco was kicked, hit and shoved around for all game long (five fouls suffered, but it could have been 10), thus rendered practically useless on Saturday. So, until further notice, that’s the gameplan for the league of the league against TFC.

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Three moments that mattered

8′ — Handball in the box, and Villa converts from the penalty spot — Benoit Cheyrou unnecessarily handled the ball inside the penalty area from an NYCFC corner kick. David Villa sent Chris Konopka to his left and rolled the ball into the other side of the goal.

29′ — Saunders makes a diving save on Giovinco’s free kick — By now we all know what Giovinco can do in dead-ball situations. The Atomic Ant nearly pulled another beauty out of his bag of tricks in the 29th minute, but Josh Saunders made a diving save to keep NYCFC in the lead.

58′ — Villa pokes home his second of the game — With ball-watching going on all over TFC’s defensive third of the field, Mehdi Ballouchy found Villa near the top of the six-yard box, from where he would finish for his second goal of the game.

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Man of the match: David Villa — It’s tough to go against anyone who scores two goals in a game that finishes 2-0, thus Villa is man of the match once again. Chances were limited for NYCFC on the night (just eight shots, four on target), but Villa made a pair of them count and three points were his reward.


Toronto FC: Konopka, Morrow, Zavaleta, Perquis, Morgan (Findley 83′), Cheyrou, Warner (Jackson 77′), Osorio, Bradley, Giovinco, Moore (Altidore 58′)

New York City FC: Saunders, Wingert, Facey, Hernandez, Allen, Grabavoy, Diskerud, Ballouchy (Poku 68′), Villa, McNamara (Alvarez 80′)

Goals: Villa (PK – 8′, 58′)