This is it. Game number 34; the final game of the regular season, but not the last game of New York City’s season. That’s due to the remarkable turnaround executed by one Patrick Vieira, late of Manchester City, now of Gotham.
The Blues play Columbus Crew SC at 4 p.m. today at Yankee Stadium. It should be a fantastic day for soccer at Yankee Stadium: sunny, cool, fall temperatures. If you can’t make it out, don’t sweat it; that’s what we’re here for.
Yes, the game will be on YES Network; it’s not a nationally televised game. You should be able to watch the game on your tablet or smartphone, if you’re so inclined, using the FoxSports Go app.
That assumes that you’ve entered the proper credentials for your cable/satellite provider (or your beloved family member’s), as well as made the proper invocations of the sports goddesses and gods, imbibed the proper potions, and sacrificed the requisite amount of delicious brunch foods prior to game time.
The game has high stakes, indeed. With a victory over the Crew — or a Toronto FC draw or loss against Chicago Fire — New York City clinches second place in the East and a first-round bye.
The Blues have never beaten the Crew. They’ve drawn against them; they’ve lost to them; but never beaten them. Now would be an excellent time for a first-ever victory over Columbus.
New York City will be led by their captain, David Villa, who sits second on the Golden Boot standings with 22 goals. Meanwhile, the Blues defense will be keeping track of Crew target man Ola Kamara, who has 15 goals on the season.
If the preceding games this season are any guide, expect lots of late game fireworks. On April 16, Villa notched two goals for New York City, but Justin Meram got the late-game winner to give the Crew a 3-2 win in Columbus. Then on August 13, Villa scored a stoppage-time penalty, but Ethan Finally tied the game in the 95th minute to salvage a 3-3 draw.