Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Expects Another Physical Affair When It Plays New York City FC

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Expects Another Physical Affair When It Plays New York City FC

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Toronto FC expects physical game with NYCFC

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TORONTO - Toronto FC has played New York City FC just once but the rivalry already runs deep.

In their first meeting, a 2-0 win at BMO Field on June 20, the expansion New Yorkers hacked away at Toronto star Sebastian Giovinco. And Toronto defender Damien Perquis, irate at a perceived cheap shot, had to be restrained after the game.

Toronto (7-7-2) expects more of the same at Yankee Stadium on Sunday when England star Frank Lampard is scheduled to make his MLS debut for New York City FC (5-8-5). Italian star Andrea Pirlo is waiting in the New York wings.

"They have a lot of hoopla going around," said Toronto coach Greg Vanney.

"I think they'll come out and be motivated and be guns ablazing and we shouldn't expect anything less than a physical and heated affair.

Perquis, a hard-nosed Polish international, expects the rough treatment to continue for the five-foot-four 135-pound Giovinco, one of the league's brightest stars.

"I saw and you saw like me during the last three or four games they are doing some hard work on Sebastian, all the teams," he said.

"I don't expect on Sunday it will be different," he added.

Perquis has run afoul of the MLS disciplinary committee twice recently, also fined for embellishment in a 0-0 tie with D.C. United on June 27.

"Maybe I'm a bad boy for the (committee) but I know who I am and I am a good boy," the French-born Perquis said with a hint of a smile.

Perquis was fined by the league for his post-game attempt to get at New York City FC midfielder Andrew Jacobson.

Video is not conclusive but it appears Perquis was not totally innocent in the matter. Jacobson did send Perquis to the ground with a forearm to the back in a melee in front of goal but it appeared that the Toronto player had been reaching for his crotch seconds before.

Vanney says his defender has put the incident behind him.

"What I've learned about Damien is in the heat of the moment, he can be very emotional," said Vanney. …

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