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New York Red Bulls vs Toronto predicted lineups – NYRB’s proud playoff streak at stake

A tale of contrasts provides the backstory in our New York Red Bulls vs Toronto predicted lineups. NYRB will be determined to ensure that their MLS season is not effectively over following this match, as the team looks to remain in the playoff picture.

The Red Bulls are aware that full points from their final two fixtures will likely be needed to keep their season alive and to make certain that their 13-year play-off streak does not come to an end.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Frankie Amaya takes a corner.
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New York Red Bulls vs Toronto predicted lineups and news

The Red Bulls will look to build upon their last game (vs Cincinnati), which saw them win 2-1. A win against the side placed second in the Eastern Conference will surely have given them confidence to beat the Canadian visitors, knowing that there is a tough test on the final day away in Nashville, which could be a final day shootout for a playoff berth.

On the other hand, their opponents have very little to play for except pride. Currently sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, they have no chance of qualifying for the playoffs after five games without a win. Injuries to key players remain a pressing issue.

New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin celebrates
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Team news: New York Red Bulls

NYRB will be without Dante Vanzeir and Lewis Morgan for the duration of the season due to back and hip injuries, respectively. Serge Ngoma is doubtful this weekend with a sore hip, while Hassan Ndam is eligible to return after missing their midweek clash against Cincy because of a yellow card suspension.

Troy Lesesne is unlikely to make any changes to a side that has won consecutive matches following their win during the week.

New York Red Bulls’ Predicted Lineup:

Carlos Coronel, Kyle Duncan, Andrés Reyes, Sean Nealis, John Tolkin, Daniel Edelman, Frankie Amaya, Cameron Harper, Tom Barlow, Elias Manoel, Luquinhas

Toronto FC midfielder Alonso Coello
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Team news: Toronto

As has been the case throughout the campaign, Toronto were without numerous players through injury in midweek, with Brandon Servania (lower body), Lorenzo Insigne (lower body), Adama Diomande (lower body), Greg Ranjitsingh (knee surgery), Sean Johnson (hand surgery), Raoul Petretta (back spasms), Deandre Kerr (back spasms), and Latif Blessing (concussion protocol) all sitting out against Charlotte.

Luka Gavran has had a nightmare start to his MLS career, conceding nine goals in his three fixtures for Toronto since replacing Tomas Romero. He will look to rectify that against the Red Bulls.

Toronto’s Predicted Lineup:

Luka Gavran, Kobe Franklin, Sigurd Rosted, Michael Bradley, Aimé Mabika, Cristián Gutiérrez, Jonathan Osorio, Alonso Coello, Víctor Vázquez, Federico Bernardeschi, Prince Osei Owusu

Red Bulls midfielder Luquinhas dribbles the ball
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Will Luquinhas score for New York Red Bulls?

The Brazilian has struggled to hit the net this season, as in 19 games he has only managed one goal. However, his importance to the side is felt in the way they play.

How to watch New York Red Bulls vs Toronto

You can watch the New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto and every MLS match this season live on Apple TV. This fixture will kick off at 2 a.m. UK time. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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