FT: NYCFC skate past FC Cincinnati 5-2.
Offensively speaking, it was as brilliant a showing we’ve seen from the Boys in Blue this season. Héber was the star of the match with his brace, but everyone in the attack really shined tonight.
A sour spot, however, will definitely be the two own goals, which denied NYCFC of what would have been a much deserved clean sheet. But they’ll happily take the three points and the blowout win, even if it did come at the expense of one of MLS’s worst teams.
90’+1: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! Maxi Moralez taps it in to put it all away!
It was another brilliant passing sequence from City as they continue to make fools out of Cincinnati. 5-2 NYCFC
86’: Truly exciting occurence here! Justin Haak is making his pro debut!!!!
76’: Sebastien Ibeagha has Stuver’s save carom off him and into the back of City’s net. That’s the second own goal of the night. 4-2.
63’: Keaton Parks comes on for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
57’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for an injured James Sands.
49’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! Héber grabs his brace with a silky finish.
Maxi lobbed the ball over the backline to the Brazilian forward who proceeded to touch it down with his chest, then blast it on the full volley for his second goal on the night. 4-1 NYCFC.
The second half has commenced. Hopefully, City can mount the pressure and put this one away.
HT: NYCFC leads Cincinnati 3-1 after the first 45 minutes.
It was an exciting half of offensive prowess for City as they scored three goals within the first 30 minutes of the game. The usual suspects — Mitrita, Héber, and ITS — were the goalscorers.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t flawless as a complete avoidable own goal has given Cinci a possible lifeline moving forward. As Domé said in his halftime interview, you have to respect the game and not let your foot off the gas.
37’: Well, that was bad. Héber accidentally heads into his own net after Stuver whiffs on a punch. 3-1 NYCFC.
29’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! NYCFC adds a third goal as the floodgates have truly opened!
Another series of incisive passes from the City midfield finds Tinnerholm out wide. The wingback then found Ismael Tajouri-Shradi at the top of the box. The Libyan surprised the Cincinnati keeper with a cheeky attempt near post which trickled in for a third goal in the first half.
17’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLL!!! NYCFC extends their lead 2-0!
It all starts with Maxi once again. Instead of forcing a ball into the center, the attacking midfielder held up play at the top of the box just long enough for Anton Tinnerholm to get in behind. The Swedish right back then found an open Héber in the middle for NYCFC’s second goal of the game.
11’: GOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! New York City pull ahead 1-0!
A huge buildup consisting of several one-two’s down the left wing finds Maxi with the ball on the wing. The playmaker then centered the ball where Alexandru Mitrita was able to run onto it and tap it in for the goal.
8’: That was close! Ismael Tajouri-Shradi played a beautiful ball over the top to Maxi Moralez. But the Argentinean can’t put it away.
5’: That was dangerous. Cinci were able to get in behind, but Stuver was able to close down the angle and make the save.
We’re off in the Bronx!
Rosters are out! Brad Stuver will replace Sean Johnson in net. But the most alarming thing is that Domé has decided, for some reason, to start the unbearably slow Tony Rocha at LM due to the injury to Ben Sweat and Ronald Matarrita being with Costa Rica. I don’t get it at all.
Some exciting news is that Justin Haak made the bench!
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: Sean Johnson (GK), Alexander Callens (D), Ronald Matarrita (D), Ebenezer Ofori (M)
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ben Sweat (D) - ankle injury, Jesus Medina (F) - ankle injury
Cincinnati Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Leonardo Bertone (M)
- International duty: Rashawn Dally (F), Darren Mattocks (F), Alvas Powell (D), Allan Cruz (M), Kendall Waston (D), Emery Welshman (F)
- Injury Report: OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery, Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury; QUESTIONABLE: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury, Leonardo Bertone (M) - hamstring injury, Kenny Saief (M) - hamstring injury
Referees: Allen Chapman (referee); Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein (assistant referees); Robert Sibiga (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: June 6, 2019, 7:00 pm.
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go (live broadcast),
TV: YES (Tape delay; to be shown at 11:00 PM)
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: Tonight marks the first time New York City FC and new expansion side FC Cincinnati have ever played one another. And going into it, the Bronx Blues have to be looked at as the strong favorites.
Cinci’s expansion year has gone about as well as anyone would have realistically predicted; through 15 games, the Orange & Blue have accrued only 11 points and sit dead last in the Eastern Conference table. To make matters worse, they are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak and will be without a total of 8 players due to both injuries and international duty, with an additional 4 being listed as questionable.
NYCFC will be missing their fair share of players as well, but are missing far fewer key players and are on a 9-game unbeaten streak. Not to mention they’re at home for this one after a lengthy 4-game road trip.
Though anything can happen in MLS, it’s safe to say that New York City will be put under extreme scrutiny should they not come away with three points in this one.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.