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Thriller for New York City FC in 5-4 decision over Toronto

Following the 6-0 win over Real Salt Lake last Sunday, Head Coach Ronny Deila made one enforced change to the XI for one.

Keaton Parks came into the XI in place of the injured Thiago Martins for the Boys in Blue as they returned to host a game at Citi Field for the first time since the heartbreaking 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs defeat to the same opposition.

Despite a dominant opening to the game, NYCFC somehow found themselves two goals down in the first half as Jesus Jiménez continued his excellent form with a brace, with the goals arriving either side of a VAR-disallowed strike from Castellanos.

A lesser side may have buckled but Castellanos would not be denied, sliding home a goal from close range to reduce the deficit seven minutes before the halftime break.

That goal proved to be perfectly timed as NYCFC shot out of the blocks from the second half’s first whistle, scoring four straight goals to turn the match around in explosive style.

Thiago was a constant menace down the right flank throughout and got the goal his showing warranted with a tap home from close range on 49’, arriving onto the assist from his compatriot, Talles Magno.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following New York City FC Press Conference from after the team’s 5-4 victory over Toronto FC in MLS action on 4/24/2022 in Citi Field in Queens, NY. Featurin:g thoughts from Head Coach Ronny Deila, along with Keaton Parks and Thiago Andrade

Two became three just five minutes later when Santiago Rodríguez rifled into the far corner after a stunning interception from Alexander Callens promoted a lightning counter attack deep in Toronto territory.

Keaton Parks was next to tally with a close range finish four minutes later on 58’, making it three goals in 10 minutes, before second half substitute Gabriel Pereira sublimely stroked in his first NYCFC goal to surely put the home team out of sight.

However, the visitors had other ideas, netting two late goals on either side of Alfredo Morales’s second yellow which saw his side reduced to 10 men.

Despite the man deficit and some late long balls into City territory, NYC held out and secured back-to-back wins.

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