The number five is sacred in my household, owing to its use in such monolithic properties as Lou Bega's 1999 single "Mambo No. 5," award-eligible boy band 5ive (Slam Dunk Da Funk!), and my chosen temple of worship, Five Guys Burgers & Fries on Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens.
It is with this contextual orientation that we arrive at today's most momentous Mexican-American holiday, Cinco de Mayo.
Yes, on this day in 1862, Mexican forces triumphed over the feckless Gauls at the Battle of Puebla. And today, we look ahead to Sunday's showdown on a similarly bombed-out, depleted battlefield: RFK Stadium, the District of Columbia's foremost combination rat trap/roach motel.
At this rate, how does one not get sufficiently pumped? Well, we're going the extra mile anyway. Here are 5ive NYCFC facts for your sensual Cinco de Mayo enjoyment.
- Just 5 New York City FC goals have been scored by players other than David Villa (6) and Tommy McNamara (2) this year: Khiry Shelton, Tony Taylor, Mix Diskerud, RJ Allen, and Stiven Mendoza have all scored one apiece.
- Dating back to last season, NYCFC is 2-2 overall in games in which 5 total goals are scored. All four matches ended 3-2. In 2015, the team defeated San Jose Earthquakes and lost to Montreal Impact. This year, they matched a road loss to Columbus with last weekend's late victory over Vancouver.
- David Villa led Valencia in scoring for 5 straight years, from 2005-06 to 2009-10. In 2010, he set the Spanish record with 5 goals scored in a single World Cup tournament.
- The two players to wear #5 for New York City are arguably the two most vibrant personalities the team has ever seen: Jeb Brovsky and Mikey Lopez.
- On May 19th, Toronto FC will become the first team to play 5 league games against New York City. The Reds have never defeated NYCFC.
Consider this the start of your match weekend, folks, Friday be damned! Be sure to tip your bartenders, buy local, and stay safe. We'll see you Sunday.