One of the most frustrating aspects of an “international break” in the States is that MLS only somewhat acknowledges them. Although most teams get a number of weeks off, some are forced to place through an assortment of absences in the dog days of summer.
Though New York City FC will have a 23-day break after Thursday’s match against FC Cincinnati — not including their June 12 US Open Cup matchup against North Carolina — this upcoming match will need to be played with some players unavailable.
Among those absent due to international duty are goalkeeper Sean Johnson, midfielder Ebenezer Ofori, as well as defenders Alexander Callens and Ronald Matarrita. Three other players have been ruled out completely due to injury. Those names include Ben Sweat, Jesus Medina, and Joe Scally. That brings the amount of ineligible players on Thursday up to seven total.
Though NYCFC will not be without their options at goalkeeper and in the midfield, who lines up in the left midfield position is anyone’s guess. Given recent history, it wouldn’t be a stretch for Domé Torrent to select Tony Rocha. But I think I speak for most fans when I say that I hope that doesn’t happen.
There are tons of questions going into tomorrow. And I hope and pray Domé has the answers.