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New York City 1, Chicago 0 - as it happened

NYCFC defeats Chicago 1-0 in an ugly contest.

MLS: Chicago Fire at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC win 1-0 against Chicago in a game that lacked any real cohesion from either team.

Sunday’s performance against D.C. United seemed to indicate that this team was ready to finally start putting it together and get onlookers off of the #DomeOut train. This game, however, set us back a step. Yes, it was a win. But it wasn’t a pretty win, nor was it a decisive one. Early on, NYCFC looked pretty decent. As the game went on, however, the quality of play began to quickly diminish.

City will take the three points. But there’s still a lot of work to do.

90’: IT’S A PENALTY!!! Bastian Schweinstagger gets into Maxi Moralez into the box.

Maxi steps up to take the spot shot, and is saved. This needs to stop. Now.

89’: Keaton Parks comes on for Héber. That is City’s final substitution.

86’: Been a while since the last update. Because there’s literally nothing to talk about. Regardless of the result, I don’t think either team will be writing home about this snooze fest.

68’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for Taty Castellanos. Some sort of tactical change incoming

58’: Maxi Moralez almost puts City up 2-0. The Chicago keeper and the crossbar, however, deny the Argentinean of a goal.

50’: Chicago get a great opportunity that they score. But the play is ruled offside. Still 1-0 NYCFC.

Second half is underway!

HT: NYCFC currently leads 1-0 over Chicago

It wasn’t pretty, but it’ll work for now. The early counter-attack which lead to Taty Castellanos’ goal has been this game’s peak for either team. Since then, both City and Chicago has kinda dragged along. Let’s hope for a bit more refined NYCFC in the second half.

31’: Ben Sweat comes on for Ronald Matarrita. The Costa Rican wingback appears to have sustained a leg injury and will have to come off early. That’s disappointing news.

25’: Early on, NYCFC have absolutely been the better side and have a goal to show for it. However, there have been moments of suspect backtracking for the back line.

16’: Alex Ring and Maxime Chanot are both in the book. Hopefully, this lack of discipline doesn’t derail NYCFC’s promising start.

9’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Héber lays it into the middle of the box where Taty Castellanos slides it in!

It was a gorgeous counter-attack for NYCFC which was sprung by Maxi Moralez, and it gives City a 1-0 lead

We’ve begun in the Bronx! NYCFC wear the famous City Blue Etihad shirt, Chicago wear their reds.

Rosters are out! With Alexandru Mitrita out with an ankle injury, Taty Castellanos returns to the starting XI. Apart from that, there are no changes to NYCFC’s starting lineup apart from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi returning to the bench and Jonathan Lewis being left off the team sheet altogether.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Alexandru Mitrita (F) - ankle, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle

Chicago Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: Andre Reynolds II (D) - thigh injury, Raheem Edwards (M) - knee injury, Fabian Herbers (F) - groin injury; QUESTIONABLE: Przemyslaw Frankowski (M) - groin injury, Jorge Corrales (D) - groin injury, Aleksandar Katai (M) - knee injury

Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Gianni Facchini, Gjovalin Bori (assistant referees); Lorant Varga (4th official); Juan Carlos Rivero (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: April 24, 2019, 7:00 pm.

Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY

Online streaming: Fox Sports GO


Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish

All-time series: Three days removed from their first win of the season, New York City FC returns home to take on the familiar foe Chicago Fire.

Both NYCFC and the Fire have had similar paths this season in which both teams have struggled to amass a significant amount of points in the early goings. But these two always produce scrappy, exciting games so expect the unexpected.

These two teams have met a total of 9 times to date, with NYCFC getting the better of Chicago more often than not with 4 wins to 2 losses, with the other three games being draws.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.