With a new contract in hand, Valentin Castellanos will look to extend his scoring streak Saturday afternoon when New York City FC hosts Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.
Castellanos has collected a goal in all four of New York City's games this season, including the 77th-minute equalizer in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Orlando City. Dating back to the 2020 regular season, Castellanos has eight goals over the course of a six-game scoring streak.
As Castellanos continues to thrive in his fourth MLS season, NYCFC (2-1-1, 7 points) announced on Thursday that Castellanos signed a new deal to remain with the team through the 2025 season.
New York City FC is unbeaten (2-0-1) over their past three games.
Since both Orlando City and Toronto FC have deployed a similar cross-heavy gameplan, NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said his team can have more success by generating greater offensive pressure on their home field.
"We have to be aware of the crossing from Toronto, of course, but also the transition part, and the counterattacks when we have the ball," Deila said.
Toronto FC (1-2-1, 4 points) recorded their first victory of the season in impressive fashion Wednesday night, a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew in a game played at Toronto's temporary home in Orlando, Fla. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore scored goals and Alex Bono made three saves to shut out the defending MLS Cup champions.
Due to the short time between games, Toronto coach Chris Armas said he planned "to rotate some players" into Saturday's lineup, including possibly Dom Dwyer. The veteran forward signed a two-year deal with Toronto FC earlier this week.
"After watching Dom train ... he's healthy, he's sharp, he's gotten a few days in now," Armas said. "I would anticipate him being an option."
Jonathan Osorio is questionable after missing Toronto's last two games with a leg injury.
Maxi Moralez (quad), Alfredo Morales (adductor) and Anton Tinnerholm (hamstring) are all questionable for New York City FC.
Toronto and New York City split their four regular-season games last season.
--Field Level Media