New York City FC is back at home looking to end a two-game losing skid. The opponent is a familiar one: the Philadelphia Union, who are looking for their second win of the season following Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Bronx Blues at PPL Park.
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RUNNIN' THE NUMBERS
- Through five games, New York City has taken 17 shots, while allowing 35 to opponents. The minus-18 shot differential ranks worst in MLS.
- David Villa's opening goal on Saturday ended a 241-minute scoreless drought for NYC.
- The Union have allowed three goals in the 75th minute or later, which is the most in MLS.
- New York City have allowed two goals in second-half stoppage time: first in the season opener at Orlando City, and most recently in the closing moments against Philadelphia on Saturday.
- Both teams have a quick three-day turnaround following what has already been a short week: the Union face the New England Revolution this Sunday, while New York City host the Portland Timbers.
- NYC defender Jason Hernandez on his team's slow starts: "We look like two teams in every match. The first half we kind of look like we’re sleep-walking a little bit and the second half we seemed to play more of our style and look more like ourselves."
- Union manager Jim Curtin on goalkeeper John McCarthy, who made his first MLS start on Saturday: “I was really happy for him. You could tell the emotion in his post-game interview. It was a kid who got a shot that I believed in that stepped up and had a good game for us in a spot where we needed a win.”
Curtin, a Philadelphia native, on starting three fellow Philadelphians in Saturday's win: “To have three guys from Philadelphia starting and contributing in a big win was special to me. They all made
an impact on the game, and you could see the love they got from our amazing fans."
New York City midfielder Mix Diskerud on whether he will be available for selection after appearing for the U.S. National team last night against Mexico: "We'll see. I'll shoot [Jason Kreis] a text. We'll talk. I'm 24 years old. I feel fresh."
- NYC manager Jason Kreis on Philadelphia's match winner last weekend, which came in the 92nd minute: “A long wafted ball that’s in the air a long time and it bounces. It bounces probably 35 yards away from our goal and within the width of the penalty box,” Kreis said. “You should never see that. Never. Not at this level. We need to look at this and figure out how in the world the ball’s allowed to bounce like this from there.”
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