FT: New York City loses 3-2 to Chicago in another disappointing effort on the road.
The Blues dug themselves into an early grave by conceding the first goal early. NYC asserted themselves in the latter stage of the first half by way of goals from both Tajouri-Shradi and Berget.
Unfortunately, Chicago turned it around in the second half as Aleksandar Katai bagged the two deciding goals. With a potent opponent in the form of the New York Red Bulls — a team City has historically been bossed by — waiting down the road and Atlanta continuing to out together results, it may very well get worse before it gets better.
86’ Still nothing to show for City’s plentiful possession this half.
75’ Jonathan Lewis comes on for Ben Sweat in an attempt to put more attacking firepower on the pitch. Time is running out for the Boys in Blue. Can they find the goal?
73’ Berget’s header bangs off the crossbar. City still trailing as we get into the latter stages of the game.
63’ Once again finding themselves down a goal, NYCFC have tried their best to formulate some potency in the attacking third. Unfortunately, they have been constantly off the mark and are currently looking at yet another poor result on the road
52’ Things have gone off the rails in the second half as City concedes another goal to Aleksander Katai, and now trails 3-2.
47’ Not a great start to the second half. Chicago ties the game on a far-post curler from Katai.
HT: NYCFC leads 2-1 at the half. The game opened ominously with Chicago drawing first blood, but City end the half with a flurry of goals from Tajouri-Shradi and Berget. Anxious to see how Domé Torrent addresses his team in the locker room.
40’ GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Jo Inge Berget! The Norweigan converts a header on a looping cross to give him three goals in two weeks. City has converted in rapid fashion and have found themselves on top 2-1
36’ GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!!! Ismael Tajouri-Shradi! The Libyan elects to take a shot on net from distance, and is rewarded with a game-tying goal. We’re back level at 1-1
30’ Through the middle third of this game, not much has changed. City still dominating in possession and have even begun to create more dangerous chances in the area. Unfortunately though, they have yet to convert and are still looking to tie the game up.
15’ The early going of this match have seen City pass the ball well, but fail to create any significant chances on goal. One poor turnover has defined this game thus far and is the reason they are in a 1-0 hole
6’ Welp. Nemanja Nikolic converts a one-on-one chance against Johnson and gives Chicago and early lead. Not a great start for City.
5’ NYCFC have returned to the 4-3-3 variant with only one defensive pivot, similar to their halftime adjustment against Toronto last weekend. Ofori seems to be the one in coverage as Ring presses up
1’ New York City donning the road grays as we get started in the Windy City. Who’s gonna be the hero tonight?
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: none
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: MF Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D Cedric Hountondji (hamstring), D Ronald Matarrita (hamstring), David Villa (knee)
Chicago Starting XI:
- Suspended: D - Johan Kappelhof
- Suspended after next caution: D - Kevin Ellis
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: M - Djordje Mihailovic (right ACL surgery), F - Michael de Leeuw (left ACL surgery), D - Matt Polster (MCL surgery), GK - Patrick McLain (hamstring injury), D - Drew Conner (right calf injury)
Referees: Chris Penso (referee); Jeremy Hanson, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (assistant referees); Rubiel Vazquez (4th official); Caleb Mendez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: June 30th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Online streaming: FOX Sports Go
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WQBU 92.7 FM — Spanish
All-time series: NYCFC have had immense success against Chicago in the past. In seven competitive meetings, City have racked up three wins and three draws against the Fire and have only lost once.
Tonight’s matchup marks New York’s second game under new manager Domé Torrent, having defeated Toronto FC 2-1 in their first contest under the Spanish boss. In addition to closing the gap between his team and current MLS leaders Atlanta United, Torrent is tasked with bringing an end to NYCFC’s recent woes on the road, who have failed to win in their last five trips away from the Bronx.
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