Goal.com USA's Pat Walsh likes what he sees in Toronto, as John Carver's side looks to make it four in a row against the Red Bulls.
Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls
When: 7 p.m. ET; TV: ESPN2
Where: BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
The Gist: May Day sees New York head to Canada for the only time this season. Their hosts, Toronto FC, are on their best stretch ever, having won three consecutive games. As a result, the Canadians are above .500 for the first time in their brief history and sit two points ahead of the Red Bulls, who have played one fewer game. With each team coming off of a 2-0 win, both will feel confident of their chances to take the full three points and move up the tight Eastern Conference. This will be just the second Thursday night game at the always-electric BMO Field and Toronto will look to replicate the initial result, a win over New York.
Why You Should Care: Unlike last season when TFC returned home and still were unable to score, this year is producing the opposite results. The first two home games of 2007 have produced two consecutive shutout wins for the Reds. Though Greg Sutton and their defense have done well, the credit also needs to be shared with the midfield. As the pieces continue to be put in place, Laurent Robert, Amado Guevara, and (most recently) Rohan Ricketts have steadied the midfield and provided possession to take the heat off of their defense. In facing New York, they will have to negate the presence of Claudio Reyna, who has done well as Juan Carlos Osorio’s field general and nearly scored his first MLS goal last week. He is coming off of one of his best games in a Red Bulls jersey. When New York does have possession, Toronto will have to have someone on Jozy Altidore. The young striker has shown his bullish strength the past two weeks in creating goals. Tyrone Marshall will likely draw the short straw and the veteran defender will have to do better than Michael Parkhurst and Nick Garcia have done in the last two games against the 18-year-old if Toronto wants to extend their current shutout streak, which stands at 212 minutes.
He’s So Hot Right Now: Amado Guevara. The Honduran midfielder is recharged in his second stint in MLS. Toronto General Manager Mo Johnston rolled the dice in signing his former talisman and the gamble has paid off thus far. Guevara would have been MLS Player of the Week last week had it not been for the Landon Donovan Show in Los Angeles. Scoring on a heads-up play to beat a controversial, but correct, offsides and a beautiful curling free kick that gave Kevin Hartman no chance, Guevara led Toronto to their third straight win. Now, facing his former team, expect another top-notch performance.
Prediction: Toronto 2, New York 1.
-- Pat Walsh, Goal.com USA