FT: NYCFC and the Crew battle to a wild 2-2 draw.
From a neutral standpoint, this was an exciting game. The action went back and forth, and there were some pretty goals including an absolute golazo from Taty Castellanos.
But from NYCFC’s view, a draw will do... but the three points gotta come soon. Yes, they’ve extended their unbeaten streak to 9 games. But that’s their eighth tie of the season and they still only have 4 wins. The fans will accept this for now. But there has to be a W on the horizon.
86’: Tony Rocha come son for Alexandru Mitrita... WHY!?
75’: GOOOOOOOOLLLLLAAAAZO!!!!!!! Taty Castellanos fires in a 30-yard banger that should be Goal of the Week! What a strike! We’re tied 2-2.
Watch it again and again and again... pic.twitter.com/qzgW3xeBqD— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 2, 2019
67’: Taty Castellanos comes on for Ebenezer Ofori
61’: Annnnnnnd just like that, Columbus is back in the lead.
Pedro Santos coverts a 1-v-1 opportunity to extinguish NYCFC’s equalizer. 2-1 Crew.
57’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Héber pushes one in the tie the game at 1-1!
That was easily NYCFC’s best sequence of the evening. Maxi Moralez tapped the centered ball into the path of Héber so delicately and the Brazilian forward buried it.
55’: Despite winning the possession battle, NYCFC have not threatened the goal.
The second half is underway. Can City finally rally and pull off their first come-from-behind victory of the season?
HT: NYCFC trails Columbus 1-0. The difference? A poor penalty shout which Gyasi Zardes converted.
With that said, it’s been a half to forget for the Boys in Blue. They didn’t start putting it all together until way late in the half and have been forced to sit back and absorb pressure from a hungry Crew side. They gotta figure something out and fast.
45’: Ben Sweat comes off with an apparent ankle injury. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on in his place.
42’: As we approach halftime, the game has been more of the same. Columbus attacks, City attempts to react.
28’: Gyasi Zardes converts a Columbus penalty that should have never occurred in the first place. Pedro Santos literally changes direction and throws himself into Alex Callens. Very weak call, but it’s 1-0 CLB regardless.
NYCFC have spent most of the opening minutes of this one with their backs against the ropes. Columbus has put an immense amount of pressure on City’s backline and goalkeeper Sean Johnson. The Boys are gonna have to start mounting some offensive prowess. And soon.
9’: Annnnd SeanJohn is called into action yet again
6’: Sean Johnson is called into work early as he denies Columbus of an opening tally.
We’re off in Columbus! Can NYCFC make this their ninth game in a long unbeaten streak?
Rosters are out! For some reason, Ben Sweat was given the start over Ronald Matarrita for this one. Not too sure about that, but we’ll see. Ebenezer Ofori has also returned to the lineup in place of Tony Rocha (thank God). Other than the decision at LM, not too many surprises here.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: Keaton Parks
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury
Columbus Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Federico Higuain (M) - right knee injury, Milton Valenzuela (D) - right knee injury, Harrison Afful (D) - broken jaw; QUESTIONABLE: Waylon Francis (D) - left thigh injury, Hector Jimenez (D) - concussion
Referees: Joe Dickerson (referee); Jeremy Hanson, Jose Da Silva (assistant referees); Rubiel Vazquez (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: June 1, 2019, 7:30 pm.
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OH
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: Historically speaking, there have been few other teams that have pushed New York City FC to the limit quite like Columbus Crew SC has. In 10 total matches, NYCFC has edged out the Crew with a record of 4-3-3 (W-D-L), with two of those of wins coming in the last three of their matchups. But the most memorable of these matchups was when the Pigeons took on the MLS originals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2017 where City were defeated by way of a narrow 4-3 aggregate score.
As it pertains to the current MLS standings, Columbus sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference and are currently on 16 points, three less than NYCFC who are in 6th and have three games in hand. For City, this is the final match in a 4-game road trip that has lasted throughout the month of May. And while road games are always hard in MLS, NYCFC fans and players alike will be relieved to know that the Crew will be without key players such as playmaker Frederico Higuain and full back Harrison Afful, who both have right knee injuries.
Despite being 7 points behind the Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United, NYCFC do have 4 games in hand. Should they be able to grab three points in the Discovery City, it could set in motion a surge for City that could see them be propelled into the top spot within three games.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.