FT: New York City and Vancouver play to a 2-2 draw.
This was unacceptable. City dominated for much of the match, only to revert to their 2015/2016 selves and give away points to the Whitecaps, a mediocre side at best. To make matters worse, it was at home. Atlanta drawing would’ve allowed NYCFC to pull ahead of them should they had been able to win tonight and against Toronto next weekend. Now, New York City are gonna have to wait for the Five Stripes to make another misstep. And that may never come.
No good things to say about this one from me.
87’: Vancouver equalizes late. City let their foot off the gas for a minute and have possibly gifted the Caps a share of the spoils.
84’: Big diving stop from Brad Stuver to deny Alphonso Davies of a wondergoal
81’: Ben Sweat comes on for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi as NYCFC’s final change. This is a tactical change from Torrent, who wishes to shore up the defense to ensure the three points tonight.
79’: City remain in flying form and have been relentless on the attack.
75’: Jo Inge Berget appears to have sustained a groin injury and is replaced by Jonathan Lewis. The Norweigan put in a quality shift and assisted Castellanos’ goal. Here’s hoping his injury isn’t serious.
72’: Alex Ring wants to hurt everyone
65’: Valentin Castellanos comes off for Kwame Awuah.
The young Argentine definitely made a positive impact in his NYCFC debut by scoring the go-ahead goal in this one
55’: Ronald Matarrita receives a ridiculous yellow on a 50-50 ball. Whatever.
53’: City continue to apply the pressure after scoring the goal and seem poised to collect a third.
46’ GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!! Valentin Castellanos scores in his NYCFC debut!
City spur an early counter-attack. Berget holds the ball up before laying it off to ‘Tati’ for the go ahead goal. Blues lead 2-1
The second half has begun. No changes for NYCFC thus far
HT: We’re all tied up at 1-1.
NYCFC have dominated, but one costly mistake on the counter-attack has kept Vancouver in it. Torrent’s halftime adjustments may be the decider in this one.
45’+1: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Jesus Medina converts from close range!
A steady, patient buildup allows City to even the game at the death of the first half. The goal seemed to be a long time coming, as NYCFC had dominated the game up to that point.
40’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi almost converts a sublime bicycle kick. But it taps off the crossbar and out of bounds for a Vancouver goal kick
34’: New York City have been extremely wasteful in the final third thus far. They are not exploiting the space given to them by the Caps and are instead taking low-percentage shots.
22’: Nicolas Mezquida takes advantage of his seemingly infinite space at the top of the box, and slips it past Stuver to give Vancouver a 1-0 advantage mid-way through the first half.
15 minutes have elapsed, and New York City are dictating the pace of the game.
Since Domé Torrent has taken over, City don’t seem as reliant on playing it from the back as they were under Vieira. Though possession remains the club’s primary focus, their tactics are much more unpredictable these days.
8’: Brad Stuver’s beautiful throw almost leads to a counter-attack goal!
5’: Close, but no cigar. Maxi displays good skills on the wing and sends in a pinpoint cross to Berget. But his header is spectacularly saved by Ali Ghazal
1’: It’s game night in the Bronx! New York City dress in their famous blue Etihad shirt, while Vancouver wears their black change kits.
Valentin Castellanos gets his first-ever NYCFC start, whereas Brad Stuver will be tasked with replacing the irreplaceable Sean Johnson in net.
With Atlanta drawing Toronto 2-2 earlier today, the Blues have a chance to pull ahead of the Five Stripes with a win tonight and a win next weekend against the aforementioned TFC.
Make no mistake about it, this one is a must win.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: M - Tommy McNamara
- International Duty: None
- Unavailable: F - David Villa (MLS rules)
- Injury: OUT: M - Yangel Herrera (ankle injury), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring avusion); QUESTIONABLE: GK - Sean Johnson (shoulder injury)
Vancouver Starting XI:
- Suspended: M - Efrain Juarez, D - Kendall Waston
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: M - Jordon Mutch (right foot injury)
Referees: JC Rivero (referee); Brian Poeshel, Jose Da Silva (assistant referees); Tim Ford (4th official); Mark Geiger (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 4th, 2018, 8 p.m. EST
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).
All-time series: In three total meetings, New York City have defeated the Whitecaps two times out of three.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.