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  • October 11, 2014
  • • 19:00
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: H. Grajeda
  • • Attendance: 24068

Live Commentary

  • That's all from me — this has been @thomasfloyd10, and thanks for following along.
  • Final: New York 3, Toronto 1. TFC's playoff hopes are on life support.
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow CardJamison Olave
  • 90' + 3'
    Morrow floats in a hopeful ball, but it's easily snared by Robles.
  • 90'
    We'll have four minutes of stoppage time.
  • 89'
    Yellow CardMichael Bradley
  • 89'
    Now Bradley gets a yellow for dissent. BWP, meanwhile, has exited for Christianson.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionBradley Wright-Phillips Ian Christianson
  • 87'
    Red card Toronto! Hagglund gets sent off for what I believe was an elbow.
  • 86'
    Red CardNick Hagglund
  • 86'
    Toronto substitute De Rosario creates a chance with some nifty footwork in the box before hitting a cross, but it's cleared out for a corner that Robles punches out.
  • 84'
    Wow, we have a scoring update from Philly: The Crew have scored in the 78th, 79th and 82nd minutes to take a 3-2 lead on the Union. That result is devastating for Toronto.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionWarren Creavalle Dwayne De Rosario
  • 82'
    Henry sends in Sam, who hits a low centering feed that's only stopped by a great sliding tackle by Caldwell.
  • 79'
    Yellow CardEric Alexander
  • 79'
    That's a yellow card for Alexander, who stalls a TFC attack with a foul near midfield.
  • 77'
    The announced attendance at RBA tonight: 24,068
  • 75'
    Make it 2-0 Union. It's looking like we could have a tight three-way race featuring Toronto, Columbus and Philadelphia for that final playoff spot.
  • 73'
    Chance Toronto! Eckersley turns it over in his own box, but New York recovers quickly enough to turn it into a corner that Henry clears.
  • 70'
    A good chance on the counter for NY ends with Wright-Phillips' cross being nodded away.
  • 69'
    A lifeline for TFC (as Gilberto blasts a shot over): The Union lead the Crew 1-0, meaning the Toronto will remain within striking distance of the final playoff spot if both results hold.
  • 65'
    Save Bendik! A Bradley turnover frees Henry down the right on the counter and he finds a wide-open Wright-Phillips in front of goal — but he pushes his shot right at the TFC goalkeeper.
  • 63'
    A promising TFC attack ends with Oduro drifting offside — and Bradley lays into his teammate for that mistake. You could hear him yelling from the press box.
  • 62'
    A couple injury updates for you: Sekagya exited with groin soreness while Bover went off with a quad contusion.
  • 60'
    Toronto has immediately looked better with Osorio back in central midfield. He just seems to have a better understanding with Bradley than Warner and Bekker.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionRuben Bover Marius Obekop
  • 58'
    Here is the second NY switch, with Obekop replacing Bover. We're early in the second half but both teams are down to one sub.
  • 55'
    GoalJonathan Osorio
  • 55'
    GOAL TORONTO! TFC pulls one back as Osorio taps home at the far post off a low cross from Morrow.
  • 50'
    Some nice combination play between Bradley and Gilberto frees the Brazilian on the counter before the Red Bulls track back to snuff the opportunity.
  • 49'
    A chance falls to Oduro at the far post but he skies the shot over.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJackson Dominic Oduro
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKyle Bekker Gilberto
  • 46'
    TFC has also brought Oduro on for Bekker. It's now Osorio in the middle with Bradley, with Gilberto and Oduro on the flanks.
  • 1'
    We're back for the second half. Does TFC have another comeback in it? We'll see if the introduction of Gilberto helps as the striker comes on for Jackson.
  • There's the halftime whistle, and it looks like Toronto is officially in implosion mode. After dropping a midweek home game to 10-man Houston, TFC trails NY 3-0 at the break tonight. The Reds' playoff hopes aren't looking good.
  • 45'
    SubstitutionIbrahim Sekagya Armando
  • 45'
    GoalDax McCarty
  • 45'
    Right before halftime the Red Bulls make a switch, with Sekagya (reluctantly) departing. Armando enters to partner with Olave.
  • 44'
    GOAL RED BULLS! Henry finds Wright-Phillips, whose shot from the top of the box was going wide — but McCarty was right there to redirect it home.
  • 43'
    Olave also suffered a knock during that collision and limped off the field.
  • 42'
    We now have a break in the action as Jackson is helped off the field after going down in the box.
  • 41'
    Strange moment here as the ball bounces into the stands, is caught by a spectator, then offered by said fan to ... me. I declined, so the fan hung onto the ball. All the while, Creavalle was standing around, wondering when he would get a ball for the throw-in.
  • 39'
    Save Robles! Bradley frees Jackson with a beautiful chip, but Robles athletically prods away the Brazilian's upper 90-bound shot.
  • 38'
    Bradley gets a dangerous set piece 30 yards from goal ... and blasts it into the stands. That wasn't pretty.
  • 36'
    GoalRuben Bover
  • 35'
    GOAL RED BULLS! Bover makes it 2-0! Henry forces a lunging save from Bendik from a tough angle, and the rebound falls right to Bover. Bendik tried to recover, but Bover managed to poke it by him.
  • 33'
    Yellow CardWarren Creavalle
  • 33'
    Save Bendik! Henry floats in a great far-post set piece that gets nodded toward goal, but the Toronto goalkeeper gets down low to deny.
  • 32'
    That's a clear yellow card Toronto right back Creavalle, who just hauled down BWP on the counter.
  • 28'
    It looked like another great opportunity for New York as Bover slipped in alone, but the winger was offside.
  • 27'
    GOAL NEW YORK! It's No. 25 for Bradley Wright-Phillips, who just puts a deft touch on Kimura's low cross from the left. It was a great goal-crashing run from BWP.
  • 26'
    GoalBradley Wright-Phillips
  • 25'
    Two chances for Eckersley! Hagglund clears a cross straight to the defender, who loses possession before getting another service off. That was a good opportunity for NY.
  • 25'
    Bover gets down the left flank hits a low cross before Caldwell comes up with another clearance.
  • 24'
    Yet another TFC corner — but Robles claims again.
  • 22'
    Michael Bradley and Thierry Henry are essentially matched up one on one at this point. Henry is applying high pressure to keep Bradley off the ball, while Bradley is marking Henry as the Frenchman drops into midfield.
  • 19'
    Jackson megs Kimura, then wins another corner by knocking the ball of Sekagya. TFC is finding a lot of success going at the left side of that Red Bulls back line.
  • 18'
    That was a fantastic sliding tackle from Bradley, who tracked back and stopped a promising run by Bover.
  • 18'
    TFC earns itself a pair of corners but the Red Bulls do well to clear, with Robles delivering a strong punch on the second attempt.
  • 16'
    Yellow CardRichard Eckersley
  • 15'
    We have our first yellow card of the game as Eckersley cleans out Osorio at midfield with a mistimed tackle.
  • 14'
    McCarty wins the ball and sprays it wide to Sam, only for Caldwell to clear the cross once again. Strong start for the center back.
  • 13'
    Jackson beats Sekagya and whips in a cross before the ball falls to Defoe — but Sekagya recovers and manages to win the goal kick off the English striker.
  • 12'
    Bradley serves a dangerous set piece into the box, but Robles does well to claim and absorbs a foul from Caldwell in the process.
  • 9'
    McCarty spreads the play with a fantastic switch, but the sequence ends with Sam's low cross skimming across the goal box.
  • 8'
    And we get our first sweeper-keeper moment of the night, with Robles charging out to clear a TFC through ball.
  • 7'
    Some nice hold-up play from Wright-Phillips brings Eckersley into the attack, but the right back's cross is cleared by Caldwell. NY applying some pressure now.
  • 5'
    Caldwell earns himself a talk from the referee for a foul near midfield, but no card. The TFC captain will have to watch himself, though.
  • 4'
    Bradley picks out Defoe with a perfect over-the-top ball, but the striker was offside. TFC continuing to control the match in the very early stages.
  • 2'
    Some nice possession early from TFC. Bradley sitting deep in the middle with Bekker as a more advanced playmaker.
  • 1'
    And we're underway! There are still a lot of empty seats at Red Bull Arena, but it's an electric, playoff-like atmosphere in chilly Harrison.
  • The teams are on the field. Just a few minutes until kickoff now.
  • And the TFC subs: Konopka, Orr, Bloom, Warner, De Rosario, Oduro, Gilberto
  • Toronto's starting XI: Bendik; Creavalle, Hagglund, Caldwell, Morrow; Jackson, Bradley, Bekker, Osorio; Moore, Defoe
  • RBNY subs: Meara, Perrinelle, Duvall, Armando, Christianson, Obekop, Sene
  • Here is the Red Bulls' starting lineup: Robles; Eckersley, Olave, Sekagya, Kimura; Bover, McCarty, Alexander, Sam; Wright-Phillips, Henry
  • The Red Bulls (11-9-11) are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. With a win, they'll climb within two points of a top-three spot and ensure sixth-place TFC cannot pass them in the standings. Toronto (11-13-7), meanwhile, is three points back of the Columbus Crew — simultaneously playing a few miles down I-95 in Philadelphia — for the final playoff bid.
  • Hello everyone, it's Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) here at Red Bull Arena ahead of tonight's crucial MLS clash between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC. I'll be providing Goal's live commentary as the Red Bulls look to secure playoff positioning against a TFC side battling to get back in the picture.