New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC

The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC shared points in the 1-1 draw. After a strong first half, New York took the lead thanks to Patryk Klimala’s third goal of the season. Minutes later, Ralph Priso equalized for Toronto. The one-one tie keeps both teams’ unbeaten runs alive.

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New York names the same starting XI that did not play against Inter Miami that was postponed. Caden Clark is the X-Factor from the bank. Fabio and Patryk Klimala run the line.

Toronto make no changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Orlando. Jozy Altidore stays on the bench.

Line-up of the Red Bulls (4-4-2 diamonds): Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin, Amro Tarek, Tom Edwards, Kyle Duncan; (C) Sean Davis, Frankie Amaya, Dru Yearwood, Wikelman Carmona; Fabio, Patryk Klimala

Toronto line-up (4-2-31): Alex Bono; Justin Morrow, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Auro; (C) Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado; Tsubasa Endoh, Alejandro Pozuelo, Yeferson Soteldo; Dom dwyer

First half: Strong 45 minutes for New York, but remains goalless

Carmona was fed by a great Duncan pass but was ambivalent and ultimately didn’t shoot with Bono pushing on him.

Soteldo tried his luck from afar, but did nothing. Carmona had another chance to shoot, but Auro did a great recovery run to keep him off. Auro knocked afterwards and could not continue, replaced by Ralph Priso.

The rest of the first half was all New York, they did everything but score. They found space and pushed effectively. Toronto wasn’t sharp in the first half without a shot on goal. So far it’s been a one-way street.

Second half: Klimala scores for New York, Priso for Toronto in a 1-1 draw

New York only scored 45 seconds after the restart. A beautiful long ball from Tom Edwards found Fabio’s feet. The Brazilian tried to chip the keeper, but Bono parried him to Klimala. The Polish international then scored his third goal of the season.

What a start into the second half! 👀

Klimala gives @NewYorkRedBulls the lead! #TORvRBNY pic.twitter.com/HoUJRley7C

– Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 22, 2021

Klimala nearly doubled its balance sheet, but its efforts were stalled. Big changes came for both sides. Jozy Altidore came for Dwyer and Caden Clark for Carmona.

Toronto equalized with the substitute Priso. Soteldo sent a cross into the box, who shot his palm in the path of Priso, who hit without thinking to level the score. The minds flared later with an incident after the whistle and several players. Edwards and Pozuelo received yellow cards.

Priso equalized with his first MLS goal! 🔥

This is the 1-1 level. #TORvRBNY pic.twitter.com/mw7GY4GaE4

– Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 22, 2021

Omir Fernandez came on for Frankie Amaya. Tom Barlow entered the game for Yearwood, who doubled over in his shoulder. A Last chance Altidore’s header went over and it was game over.

Final words on Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

Both teams can look forward to the draw. New York stood on their front foot for the first 45 minutes, holding their own by shooting their opponents to goal in the first minute of the second half. The goal from Klimala is a welcome sight and the defense was consistently strong. What wasn’t a welcome sight, however, was not to be seen by Cristian Casseres Jr., not even for a second. The Venezuelan could have been a huge push from the bench to bring steel and launch attacks. Carlos Coronel hasn’t had much to do and Caden Clark is back. New York are unbeaten in their last four games but face the big game against DC United this weekend.

As for Toronto, Javier Perez is holding onto the ship and has now been unbeaten in three games. Jozy Altidore may have more say, starting with Dom Dwyer, who has been largely ineffective. Soteldo is still working its way up to the MLS standard and can still deliver the goods. Alejandro Pozuelo had a quiet game but going forward it will be difficult to see who will score the most goals if Ayo Akinola is out due to injury.

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