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City’s wastefulness again bites them in the backside.

MLS: D.C. United at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC draw 1-1 with DC United, thanks only to David Villa’s late free kick.

This is not good enough. One point in two straight home games is not good enough! That is twice in a row now where City have been the aggressor and came away with less than a win to show for it.

Let me spare you all the suspense: we are not looking at a playoff team. Ignore the missing players; if the team is unable to put golden chances away, then this team doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.


86’: GOOOOOOOOAAL! David Villa converts on a free kick. Let’s get this win, please!


76’: Another chance, another wasted opportunity. This team is a shell of its former self.


64’: New York City just can’t score. By that same token, they are not being efficient on defense. DC probably has about 3 shots maximum, and yet they are in the lead.


58’: DC United gets a goal from a deep free kick and takes the lead. All of this immediately after City had a case for getting a penalty kick.


57’: NYCFC continue to be the aggressor, but have nothing to show for it


The second half is underway! Can NYCFC finally get that go-ahead goal?


HT: We are scoreless after the half.

In a performance almost identical to Wednesday’s, NYCFC is controlling the game but has shown an inability to score the goal. Yes, they’ve done a good job at keeping Wayne Rooney and Co. quiet thus far. But for how long can you maintain that?

Time will tell


Two minutes of stoppage time


38’: It initially appeared that Villa had put the Blues up, but Castellanos is simultaneously called for a foul in the box, negating the goal. City’s scoring woes continue...


27’: Eloi Amagat sends in a nice cross and finds Alex Callens, but the Peruvian’s header is just off the mark


19’: DC has earned their first significant chance, but NYCFC is up to task


9’: Interesting start to this one. The rainy conditions will definitely play a factor in speeding up the pace of the game, but could also prove to destabilize players’ footing


We’re off in the Bronx! NYCFC has a squad of 17 while DC will only have 15 players at their disposal. In a key matchup with plenty on the line for both clubs, this is definitely a concern.

Also, did Jonathan Lewis text a teammate’s girlfriend or something? Inquiring minds want to know.


Rosters

New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: M - Alex Ring
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Tommy McNamara
  • International Duty: D - Maxime Chanot, M - Rodney Wallace, M - Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, M - Ebenezer Ofori
  • Injury: OUT: M - Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury), D - Alex Callens (knee injury), M - Jesus Medina (hamstring injury), F - Jo Inge Berget (adductor injury)

DC United Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Paul Arriola, M - Chris Durkin
  • International duty: M - Paul Arriola, M - Zoltan Stieber, F - Darren Mattocks, D - Oniel Fisher, M - Junior Moreno, F - Bruno Miranda
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Taylor Kemp (labrum surgery), D - Nick DeLeon (knee injury), GK - David Ousted (elbow surgery), D - Chris Odoi-Atsem (fatigue); QUESTIONABLE: M - Yamil Asad (ankle injury); PROBABLE: F - Dane Kelly (ankle injury)

Referees: Kevin Stott (referee); Gianni Facchini, Peter Balciunas (assistant referees); JC Rivero (4th official); Geoff Gamble (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: September 8, 2018, 5 pm.

Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY

Online streaming: Twitter

TV: UniMas

Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English; WADO 1280 AM — Spanish.

All-time series: In seven total meetings, New York City FC has gotten the better of DC United with four wins to the Black-and-Red’s three. In three matches at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC has been immaculate against the team from our nation’s capital, winning a perfect three out of three.

Both teams enter today racked by injuries and absences of significant players. DC has been surging since the arrival of former England star Wayne Rooney, while NYCFC has been on the downswing since early August.