Now re-established on their home field, Toronto FC look to keep the results coming when they host the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
Last Saturday saw Toronto FC (2-8-3, 9 points) play their first game in front of their home fans in Toronto since March 2020. A limited crowd of 7,000 supporters were in attendance to see Toronto FC's 1-1 draw against Orlando City.
"You see how much it means to the (players) to be back here playing in front of these fans. . . .To finally be back in a normal environment, so to speak, everything else is normal," said Jozy Altidore, who scored Toronto's lone goal. "And so you saw the relief from the guys just to be able to play at home, to have that normalcy back again."
New York (5-5-2, 17 points) recorded a 2-0 win over Toronto FC when the two teams met on May 8.
Since interim head coach Javier Perez took over from Chris Armas, however, Toronto FC may have turned a corner on their season. Toronto is 1-0-1 in Perez's two games in charge.
While Toronto FC is playing their second game in five days, the Red Bulls received some unexpected rest last Saturday, as their match with Inter Miami was postponed due to lightning.
New York last played on July 8, a 1-1 draw at home against the Philadelphia Union.
Forward Caden Clark will make his official return from a four-match absence following an appendectomy. Clark was listed on the Red Bulls' reserves list for the postponed Miami game, and is likely to return to the starting 11 on Wednesday.
After getting back to good health, Clark "is ready for the next step," Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber said prior to the Inter Miami game. "We are very happy that he's back. . . . We know he is a very big player for our team."
Clark and Cristian Casseres Jr. are tied for New York's team lead in goals, with four apiece.
The Red Bulls are only 1-4-1 in road games this season, although the win and draw both came within the team's current three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2).
--Field Level Media