Toronto FC vs NYCFC preview: How to watch, team news, kickoff time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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NYCFC returns from the international break as they travel north to face Toronto FC at BMO Field.

The Boys In Blue are in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, but were defeated 2-0 by Philadelphia in their last League outing.

Toronto ended a nine-match winless run dating back to last year when they defeated D.C. United 2-1 two weeks ago.

Team news

Toronto FC

Ayo Akinola is nearing a return, but 17-year old Jakele Marshall-Rutty will undergo a procedure and is out indefinitely.

Jonathan Osorio and Chris Mavinga are back from international duty with manager Bob Bradley facing a decision as to whether to throw them back into action right away.

NYCFC

The Boys In Blue will be without a pair of defenders as Anton Tinnerholm continues his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles that he suffered last year while Maxime Chanot is out with an upper body issue.

Predicted lineups

Toronto FC: Bono; Mavinga-Adebayor, Salcedo, O'Neill; Chung, Osorio, Bradley, Petrasso; Pozuelo, Jimenez, Nelson

NYCFC: Johnson; Amundsen, Martins, Callens, Gray; Morales, Parks; Magno, Moralez, Rodriguez; Castellanos

Ones to watch

Jesus Jimenez (Toronto FC)

Signed from Polish side Gornik Zabrze in the offseason, the Spaniard has two goals and an assist through four matches this season.

His ability to get in behind defenders, drop deep to link up with teammates and ability to be an aerial threat make him the perfect compliment to 2020 MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo.

Talles Magno (NYCFC)

While Valentin Castellanos remains the heart of the attack, Magno is the only player on the club with a goal and an assist.

He scored the winning goal that sent the Boys In Blue to the MLS Cup final in Philadelphia last season and will be counted on to provide secondary scoring this season.

Previous meetings

NYCFC are unbeaten in their last three matches against Toronto with their last matchup ending in a 2-2 draw.

Santiago Rodriguez nodded the ball to Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and on the edge of the penalty box allowed Valentin Castellanos to play in Rodriguez to score.

The lead was doubled when Castellanos pounced on a poor pass by Eriq Zavaleta and he fed Tajouri-Shradi, who finished past Alex Bono.

Pozuelo helped Toronto get back into the game when he slid Richie Laryea in to slot home and six minutes later, Ifunyanchi Achara squared for Pozuelo to level.

How to watch

Canadian broadcaster CTV will carry the action up north while the YES Network has coverage in New York City. 

ESPN+ will have live streaming coverage with kickoff set for 4pm Eastern time.​​​

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