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PREVIEW: New York City looks to break streak in Chicago

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Remember this?

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Feels like a long time ago, doesn't it? It's been five games since New York City won, but the gnawing feeling from this streak is deeper than that, thanks to how the Blues have lost and drawn those games.

I speak, of course, of the team's worrying susceptibility to late goals. Over the last three games, New York City have given up goals in the 92nd, 86th, and 77th minute of matches. Those goals meant that the team's surrendered five points -- or the difference between tied for first and finishing out of the playoffs, which is where New York City currently sit.

It doesn't help that the Blues are racked with injuries. Defenders George John and Jason Hernandez are out, as is forward Tony Taylor. Star David Villa isn't expected to make the trip out to Toyota Park, either, thanks to a pesky hamstring injury, and defender Josh Williams isn't either.

So how might New York City line up tonight? The good news is that Mix Diskerud should be good to go; he missed Sunday's game against Portland thanks to an injured ankle, but he's since recovered. Thanks to Taylor's torn ACL, it's unlikely that they'll line up in a 4-3-3, as they have in previous matches. But they could line up in a 4-5-1, like this:

The only question then becomes: do you start Adam Nemec, who's goalless thus far in the season, or Patrick Mullins? Kreis has been fond of the Slovak Chuck Liddell, so look for him to start. Another change: either Akira Fitzgerald or Ryan Meara in goal for the suspended Josh Saunders. I have Fitzgerald starting, because he's the nominal backup, but don't be surprised if Meara gets the nod.

HOW TO WATCH

New York City FC vs Chicago Fire SC
Friday, April 24, 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Univision Deportes
Watch online on deportes.univision.com or on the UDN app

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