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New York and Toronto draw in eight goal thriller

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In the week that Andrea Pirlo was unveiled as a New York City FC player, there was more excitement in the Big Apple as Patrick Mullins nodded home a late equaliser to conclude a thriller tie against Toronto FC which ended 4-4.

NYCFC 4 - 4 Toronto FC

This tie was anticipating the arrival of Premier League veteran, Frank Lampard, but a minor injury set back his Major League Soccer debut.

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None the less, recent major signing, David Villa, who is already making himself at home in America with ten goals to his name, lifted the spirits inside Yankee Stadium with a luscious free kick.

Another of MLS' huge arrivals, Sebastian Giovinco, who too has applied himself to the next chapter of his career, had the opportunity to equalise moments later from the spot but squandered his chance.

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Villa had a penalty of his own just before a third of the game had passed but suffered the same fate as his arch rival in this fixture. However, seconds later, the ball had deflected off Damien Perquis into the net.

From then onwards, it was the Giovinco show. A hat-trick inside nine minutes saw the blue army silenced just before the break. 

NYCFC came out fighting in the second half and grabbed a leveller through Villa, who like Giovinco, scored from the spot at the second time of asking.

Twenty minutes later, though, Toronto returned to the lead and looked set to snatch all three points. Despite Marco Delgado finishing the move, the plaudits belong to Giovinco courtesy of some mouth-watering dribbling in the lead up to the goal.

As soon as all of the game's drama seemed to be over and the dust seemed to have settled on the pitch, there was one more final killer blow to add to the script.

Patrick Mullins was quick enough to react to a rebounded shot on the edge of the six yard area and nodded the ball past the helpless Chris Konopka.

Greg Vanney's side are slowly but surely making their way up the Eastern Conference, sitting happily in third place with four games in hand over the leaders, D.C. United, situated eleven points clear. You do the maths, and Toronto could be top in good time.

As for New York, they'll be somewhat impatient for the imminent debuts of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo who are expected to aid Manchester City's franchise club out of the dumps.

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