May 17, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
New York City FC (4-3-4, 16 pts) @ Toronto FC (4-4-2, 14 pts), 7 p.m. ET (YES, TSN4/5/RDS2)
New York City still has not seen Frank Lampard on the field (although he reportedly trained before Sunday's 2-1 victory over Portland), but amid a three-game winning streak will Patrick Viera want to risk inserting him into the lineup? David Villa has been carrying the load with goals in three straight matches, pushing push NYC to a share of the Eastern Conference lead. Toronto is heading into the third of its four-game home stand following an eight-match road trip to start the season. On Sunday, it gave up a season-high four goals in s 4-3 loss to Vancouver, more than half of the seven goals it allowed in all games previously. Sebastian Giovinco, who has either scored or assisted on all 13 goals scored by Toronto this season, will see if he can add to the record that he claimed when he passed Ronald Cerritos' 12 consecutive goals (set in 1998) on Sunday. Giovinco's runs includes a goal or assist in six straight games.
Chicago Fire (1-4-4, 7 pts) @ New York Red Bulls (3-7-1, 10 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (MSG; CSN-Chi+)
The Fire enters Wednesday's match with the fewest victories in the league (one) and the worst record while the Red Bulls have the most losses (seven) and the worst goal difference (minus-7). While New York's glimmer of hope from a two-game winning streak late last month has been squashed by a two-game winless skid – including a sixth offensive shutout -- Chicago comes in with a five-game winless slide and a streak in which it hasn't scored more than a goal since the season opener, a stretch of eight matches. New York coach Jesse Marsch inserted a healthy-again Gonzalo Veron into the starting lineup of last week's loss to D.C. to partner with Bradley Wright-Phillips to no effect. Similarly, Chicago used David Accam, back from his knee injury, for a half against New England with little appreciable difference.