FT: NYCFC defeats Sporting KC 3-1 in a brilliant home outing.
Goals from Anton Tinnerholm, Héber, and Alex Ring were the deciding factor in a game that saw the Boys in Blue outclass a 10-man SKC every step of the way. Sporting seemed to show a spark in after their goal in the 73rd minute. That momentum, however, was immediately stomped out by Ring’s banger in the 77th.
77’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!!! Alex Ring strikes from distance!
Right as it looked like SKC were inching back into it, the Ringleader smacks one in to put NYCFC up by two. Also, Gary Mackay-Steven on the assist!
73’: Goal. Sporting KC.
NYCFC fell asleep on a set piece and paid the price. They’ve gotta tighten up. 2-1 NYCFC
69’: Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Alexandru Mitrita. #NYCFC
61’: NYCFC goes up a man!
SKC’s Espinoza is sent off following a dangerous challenge on Chanot
54’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!! Héber chips it home!
Alex Ring plays the Brazilian through and Héber delivers as he always does! What a goal. 2-0 NYCFC!
51’: Ebenezer Ofori comes on for Maxi Moralez due to injury. This is scary.
The second half is underway! Can NYCFC put some distance between them and Sporting?
HT: NYCFC lead SKC 1-0 going into halftime
This game started sloppy... really sloppy. But a late spurt of brilliance from the Boys in Blue has been good enough to give them a much-needed lead.
42’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! TinnerBoom puts the finishing touch on an Alex Ring cross!
In a brilliant sequence, Ring dummies a pass from Matarrita. The ball finds Mitrita who puts Ring through. The NYCFC captain centers the ball towards goal and finds Tinnerholm for a super pretty goal.
34’: Wow, that was close! Maxi put a great head onto the ball, forcing Melia into a great save!
18’: City continue to make the same mistakes. They are allowing SKC to control the pace and the midfield.
10’: Sloppy to start to this one. City are being closed down in the midfield and are relying upon ling balls to break Sporting’s defense. A return to the basics is what’s needed.
We’re off in the Bronx! NYCFC are obvious favorites, but anything can happen. Let’s see how this lineup gels.
Rosters are out! Alexandru Mitrita returns to Starting XI while Keaton Parks earns yet another start. No complaints here, as I feel this is probably the best lineup NYCFC can roll out at this point.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Taty Castellanos (F), Ben Sweat (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury
Sporting KC Starting XI:
- Suspended: Felipe Gutierrez (M)
- Suspended after next caution: Benny Feilhaber (M)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Jaylin Lindsey (D) - torn meniscus, Rodney Wallace (D) - hip injury, Cameron Duke (M) - hamstring injury
Referees: Dave Gantar (referee); Philippe Briere, Richard Gamache (assistant referees); Rubiel Vazquez (4th official); Jon Freemon (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 26, 2019, 7:30 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: New York City FC ended a two-game skid last week with a 2-1 win, on the road, over the Colorado Rapids. Though they dominated the Rapids in nearly every statistical category, City’s inability to put away tough chances and almost conceding a late tying goal was surely alarming. The last thing anyone wants to see is a late-season collapse similar to the one we experienced last year.
But this week, NYCFC return home to take on Sporting Kansas City. There really isn’t any delicate way to put it — SKC have not been good this year. Through 21 game, Sporting only has 25 points and currently sits at 10th in the Western Conference which should make New York City the overwhelming favorite in this one.
Obviously, in a league as topsy-turvy as MLS, nothing is a guarantee. But the betting odds will be firmly in City’s favor.
All-time, NYCFC and SKC have met each other four times, with both clubs having two wins.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.