FT: NYCFC loses 1-0 at home and falls behind an away goal going on the road.
It was a poor, hapless performance from the opening whistle to the final one. Now, they must outscore and win in Atlanta in order to progress in the playoffs. Perhaps the most depressing thing, though, is the fact that David Villa may have just played his last game at Yankee Stadium. And that’s upsetting.
77’: Jesus Medina comes on for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
62’: Jo Inge Berget comes on for Ben Sweat
55’: City has not improved. Though they are getting more of the ball now. they’ve yet to look dangerous.
Here we go! NYCFC need a second half miracle. No less than two goals scored and no goals conceded.
HT: NYCFC are behind 1-0 to Atlanta
This is possibly the worst possible scenario for New York City. They’ve already conceded an away goal and don’t seem any close to scoring than they were when they took the field.
This is... depressing.
Five minutes of stoppage time to end the first half
37’: Goal, Atlanta. Remedi taps it in. It was a long time coming for the Five Stripes, who have been the most dangerous side by far. NYCFC literally look clueless right now
GOAL WAIVED OFF! Still 0-0!
21’: Goal, Atlanta. Miguel Almiron bounces one past Sean Johnson to give the Five Stripes a 1-0 lead and a key away goal
19’: City’s attack is starting to grow legs, but it still isn’t ideal
10’: Atlanta looks like the aggressor early on. City have hung in there and have sprung an attack or two. Nothing really dangerous though
1’: We’re off in the Bronx! City cannot afford to drop a result at home tonight and must set the pace.
Rosters are out! NYCFC makes no changes for the first leg, with Domé Torrent sticking with the hot hands. On the other side of things, Miguel Almiron has gotten the start for Atlanta.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: D - Maxime Chanot, D - Ben Sweat
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury)
Atlanta Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: D - Sal Zizzo (right knee injury), D - Mikey Ambrose (right knee surgery), F - Brandon Vazquez (foot injury), D - Chris McCann (left quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: M - Miguel Almiron (left hamstring injury)
Referees: Kevin Stott (referee); Cameron Blanchard, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (assistant referees); Silviu Petrescu (4th official); Alex Chilowicz (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: November 4, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English; WADO 1280 AM — Spanish.
All-time series: In four all-time meetings, New York City FC and Atlanta United are dead even. No, I mean it; they are dead even. In 2017 — Atlanta’s first year in the league — NYCFC and the Five Stripes exchanged 3-1 victories at home. And in 2018, the two played to 2-2 and 1-1 draws at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Yankee Stadium, respectively.
Both NYCFC and Atlanta have strong offenses anchored by above average defending, making this one of the most captivating matchups in all of MLS, especially within a playoff setting where the spotlight burns just a bit brighter than usual. Every game these two clubs have played against each other to date has been an exciting experience and one could only hope, if not flat out predict, that this two-legged series will produce much of the same rousing action.