New York City FC are looking for their first win of the MLS season this week when they travel to Canada to face Toronto FC.
NYCFC have drawn all three games so far this season, but the visitors came out on top in both games against their northern rivals last year and will be looking to jump up the table by claiming a third straight victory over them.
Toronto, however, have already beaten New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union this season and head into this clash determined to remain one of two teams to preserve a perfect record in MLS.
Toronto vs New York City
Friday, March 29
12am GMT (Saturday) / 8pm ET
Stream (US only)
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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US TV channel
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Free Sports.
UK TV channel
Squads & Team News
Bono, Patterson-Sewell, Westberg
Auro Jr, Ciman, Dunn, Mavinga, Moor, Morgan, Morrow, Zavaleta
Bradley, Chapman, Daniels, DeLeon, Delgado, Dorsey, Endoh, Fraser, Laryea, Okello, Osorio, Pozuelo
Akinola, Altidore, Bakero, Boyd, Dorsey, Endoh, Hamilton, Telfer
Toronto have no injury concerns ahead of this game and will have new playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo make his first appearance for the Canadian outfit after joining from Belgian side Genk this month.
Confirmed Toronto starting XI: Bono, Auro Jr, Moor, Mavinga, Morrow, DeLeon, Bradley, Pozuelo, Delgado, Osorio, Altidore.
New York City squad
Barraza, Johnson, Stuver
Callens, Chanot, Ibeagha, Matarrita, Scally, Sweat, Tinnerholm
Bedoya, Haak, Medina, Moralez, Ofori, Parks, Ring, Rocha, Sands, Torres
Heber, Castellanos, Lewis, Mitrita, Tajouri-Shradi
Forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was a doubt for this game as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, but has been deemed fit enough for the XI.
Confirmed New York City starting XI: Johnson, Tinnerholm, Chanot, Callens, Sweat, Sands, Ring, Ofori, Mitirita, Tajouri-Shradi, Medina.
Betting & Match Odds
Toronto are favourites to win at 21/20 with bet365 . New York City FC are rated 11/5 to win and a draw is priced at 11/4.
New York City FC may have just three points from as many games so far, but Domenec Torrent's team will feel they deserved more.
City are one of the most imposing teams in the North American division through their tendency to pepper the opponent's goal with shots, but they are much weaker when it comes to the defensive side of the game.
NYCFC will hope the arrival of new attacker Heber Araujo dos Santos, who joined from Croatian outfit Rijeka earlier this month, can enhance their attack to compensate for their shakiness at the back.
"A player with a lot of willpower, determination and strength on the pitch," as the 27-year-old Brazilian described himself, and his side will be looking for an instant impact this weekend to give their season a much-needed boost.
Toronto, however, will prove difficult hosts to overcome. They are looking to maintain their perfect start with a third straight win on Friday, which would take them to the top of the table at least temporarily.
They have even strengthened their options this month with a new signing of their own. After seeing attackers Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vazquez leave for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, respectively, the Reds have added Alejandro Pozuelo to their roster and the midfielder/winger is expected to take on a key role this season.
"When we lost Victor, we wanted someone who could pull the strings,” president Bill Manning said upon the Spaniard's move from Genk. “Alejandro can. Someone that can manage a game; make the special plays that create goals.”
Toronto coach Greg Vanney is hoping he forms a good partnership with striker Jozy Altidore and believes he will add more creativity to the team.
"An attacking player first and foremost, we want to use him in that role. He'll play close to Jozy and help us set up attacks in the final action.
"He's outstanding at understanding how to move around, manipulate numbers on the field, playing between lines, the vision for the final pass, the ability to spring runners and also to finish plays. [An] engine through that final phase of attack."
Friday's game will give both teams a chance to show their new attacking prowess as they look to build momentum in the early stage of the campaign.