New York City FC emerges from an extended run away from home having taken four points from four. In the big picture, that’s not too shabby— the team still sits third in the Eastern Conference, and its +7 goal differential trails only Toronto and Atlanta in all of MLS. And it doesn’t hurt that tonight’s opponent is downright dreadful on the road.
Tonight comes awash with nostalgia, as with any home match against New England. The first team ever to visit NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, there’s just something about the Revs. Interestingly, tonight’s visitors actually lead the all-time series (3W-2L-1D).
We were happy to hear from YES Network commentator Ian Joy, however, that the Revs have manage just two away wins in their last 25 times of asking.
Here’s what we’re watching for tonight:
- Can’t put a Ring on it: Yes, Alexander Ring finally got his fifth yellow card Sunday versus Atlanta. He’s been an absolute revelation in the midfield for NYCFC, catching eyes through his work rate, physicality, and efficient play on the ball. With nobody on the bench quite capable of matching that skill set—it’d be nice to have Yangel Herrara around!—the squad selection will be a real test for Patrick Vieira.
- Just Nguyen, baby: Revs playmaker Lee Nguyen is tied for the team lead with six goals on the year, but he’s been particularly effective against New York City. With three goals in five appearances versus the Boys in Blue, expect him to cause some panic for them in the danger area, especially if Andrea Pirlo is out there...
- Midfield machinations: Maxi Moralez never gets a rest. Expect that to remain true tonight; his presence as the string-puller is essentially required if New York City wants to realize Vieira’s particular style. For the other two spots in the midfield three, however, the decision gets tough. We’d be content to see Tommy McNamara and Mikey Lopez out there behind Maxi— anything to keep Pirlo, who is still listed as questionable, from getting abused by willing opposition in space. But don’t sleep on John Stertzer. He’s our dark horse to get a starting nod tonight.
INJURED & ABSENT
New York City:
OUT: Khiry Shelton (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Ronald Matarrita (high ankle sprain), Andrea Pirlo (knee bone bruise)
SUSPENDED: RJ Allen (violent conduct), Alex Ring (yellow card accumulation)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Yangel Herrera
Nothing to report. Luck dogs...
HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN / STREAM
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30pm ET
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
WATCH on YES (here) & CSN-New England (there)
LISTEN on WFAN 660AM (English) & WQBU 1280AM (Spanish). All radio streams can be found at nycfc.com/radio.
STREAM on Fox Sports Go (NY market) & MLS Live (out-of-market)