NYCFC v. Toronto FC – Preview – MLS Week 2

Where: up in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium, as far as i know they do not use the dugouts for the teams

When:  Sunday, March 13th at 5pm EST

What: using their Week 1 match ups as a guide, this is shaping up to be a battle of a counter attacking Toronto team versus a high-press-attack-first minded team in NYCFC. Pirlo will seemingly have free reign to try thread passes into his runners, however, as everyone knows the baseball field NYCFC plays on is awfully tiny and that will probably favor the compact Toronto team.

Who (to watch):

This game can be summed up by two key matchups:

Andrea Pirlo v. Michael Bradley: this is everything you want in a midfield battle. Each is technically gifted, has great awareness of space, and looks to make forward passes to their willing runners. Most importantly perhaps, is their rigidly polar opposite views on hair. If their on field play is mostly indistinguishable from each other, their respective forays into follicle maintenance can not possibly be more different.


 If nothing else, watching Pirlo occasionally eclipse the solar orb of Bradley’s photon emitting visage should provide for great viewing. Most likely though, we will be treated to some exciting midfield play from each player.


Sebastian Giovinco v. David Villa: not exactly a head to head match up on the field, but each player represents their team’s best scoring threat. And on a field that resembles an indoor, walled area in size the goal poacher is a key part of the squad. David Villa has made a living in and around the box using his technical ability to score goals and so there may be an advantage here for him, especially with the expectation that NYCFC will have most of the possession and the ball will be in Toronto’s final third for most of the match. Now, a lot has been written here at HotFooty about a certain right back for NYCFC, a right back that you will likely find Sebastian Giovinco leashed up to like a Mommy’s Helper Kid Keeper. Seba will obviously be looking to run at the NYCFC defense as much as he can and until they can prove otherwise this will be the best tactic against NY.



  • 8 Bradley eclipses by Pirlo
  • 1 goal from David Villa from max 3 yards out
  • 2 goals from Giovinco, likely milking that left side for all its worth like a dairy cattle named Phil Mickelson