There was little separating Toronto FC and New York City FC during the Major League Soccer regular season.
The teams played twice and drew twice -- 2-2 at Yankee Stadium on March 13 and 1-1 at BMO Field on May 18.
A winner must emerge in their two-game Eastern Conference semifinal that opens in Toronto on Sunday and concludes Nov. 6 in New York.
NYCFC (15-10-9) finished one point ahead of TFC (14-9-11) in the standings, which meant Toronto had to play the Philadelphia Union Wednesday to advance to the next round. TFC won 3-1 at BMO Field.
"Both teams have a lot of guys who can make you pay if you make mistakes," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "To me that's the allure of this game."
New York's designated players are David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, while Toronto has Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
"It sets up for a wonderful spectacle, if you will, for the league," Vanney said.
New York led MLS in goals scored (62) but was 17th in goals allowed (57). Toronto was seventh in goals (51) and tied for second in goals against (39). >> Read more at SNY.tv...
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