But the visitors from New York never got started and headed home with its first defeat of 2019, 4-0 to Toronto. While the possession numbers were relatively even — 53%-47% in favor of the hosts — Toronto dominated the match and gave NYCFC few quality chances to score.
While the four-goal difference was reflective of New York City’s poor performance, the final tally could have been worse. Toronto had two goals wiped off the board through offside calls, one from the assistant referee’s flag and one via VAR.
Despite a sluggish performance in the first half, New York City trailed only by a goal. Jozy Altidore’s 29th-minute goal was the difference as the teams went to the locker room at halftime.
At the start of the second half, NYCFC came out with a brighter spirit and nearly tied the match. Just minutes into the second 45, Alexandru Mitriță nearly found the back of the net after a scrum inside Toronto’s penalty area. But keeper Alex Bono was able to make the save.
Toronto would extend its lead to two as Alejandro Pozuelo, making his Major League Soccer debut, scored from the spot. He would then secure his brace 20 minutes later after a well-placed high volley eluded NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson. Jay Chapman in the 83rd minute would close out the scoring.
NYCFC, still seeking its first win, will return home on April 6 to host the Montreal Impact.
Below is the post-game press conference from NYCFC Head Coach Domènec Torrent.