Here we go.
In less than two hours, New York City FC will play its first game ever. This will be our first look at how the team will line up, who's made an impact in training thus far, and how the team approaches games. Regardless of the result, it's a historic moment.
New York City plays St. Mirren, who play in the Scottish Premier League. They are currently in tenth place with 18 points, stuck deep in a relegation battle, and have only scored 20 goals in 25 games. St. Mirren is coming off a 1-0 win against Partick Thistle.
This will likely be a scrappy match, based on St. Mirren's form and the fact that this is the first game for New York City. With this being a friendly, pay close attention to who comes in as a sub; for one, I'll be keeping a close eye on Javier Calle and Kwadwo Poku.
These are my expected lineups.
I'm basing St. Mirren's lineup off the last few games they've played.
You can watch the match above, and we'll be conducting a match thread below, in the comments.
MATCH THREAD RULES
This is our first-ever New York City FC match thread, so: Welcome! We're glad you're here! Wipe your feet, mind the gap, and be sure to check out the other pages at this outstanding site. While you're here, though, we have a few rules and regulations.
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Have fun. I believe that we will win. Let's see if we get off the year to a fantastic start.