FT: NYCFC falls 1-0 to the Portland Timbers, ending their franchise-best 12-game unbeaten streak.
It was always gonna be a tough matchup against a hot Timbers team and without several key players in the midst of a congested game week. Still, the loss being caused by botched defensive clearance is sure to leave a sour taste in fans’ mouths.
City constantly put the pressure on to get their goal back, but the Timbers defended well and made it out of Yankee Stadium with three points, a true rarity.
77’: Whoa. Stuver completely whiffed on that and it almost cost him.
68’: Jesus Medina comes on for Matarrita. This is his chance to prove something.
65’: NYCFC is still having trouble in the final third. I don’t know if it’s tired legs, Portland’s defense, miscommunication, or a combination of all three. But it’s looking chippy out there.
58’: The game is wide open. We’re getting some entertaining end-to-end action right now. Still, NYCFC can’t seem to put it all together on counterattacks.
46’: Yikes! Tinnerholm finds himself at close range with the ball, but flubs the finish on the volley.
Time for the second half! City need some second half magic.
HT: NYCFC trail 1-0 to the Timbers after the first 45 minutes.
City looks disjointed and unorganized. There have been spurts where they have seemed dangerous, but not for too long. Luckily, Domé has shown to be quite good at halftime adjustments. Also, it’s worth noting that a number of Portland players have gone into the book which could hinder their ability to get stuck in on those key tackles.
30’: Matarrita almost finds Taty at the far post. Portland does brilliantly to defend it,
22’: There seems to be a clear communication issue on the pitch. The ball movement is slower than what we’re used to seeing and players aren’t finding the space they normally can. I think this may be the looming effects of players being unavailable.
14’: Goal, Portland.
Ibeagha whiffs on a defense clearance, and it bounces right to Blanco who easily taps it home past Stuver. Timbers lead 1-0
10’: Keaton Parks did some good work there to free himself from pressure. But the sequence was deserving of a better shot.
3’: That could’ve been bad. Sebastien Ibeagha was caught out on defense, but Chanot moved over to give his defense partner a helping hand.
We’re off in the Bronx! It’s gonna be a tough one with a limited squad. Can City pull it out?
Rosters are out! As expected, it’s a quite depleted squad for this one. Many players seem like they will be played out of position. And NYCFC only has five players available on the bench. This might be a tough one.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxi Moralez (M), Maxime Chanot (D), Taty Castellanos (F)
- International Duty: Sean Johnson (GK), Alexander Callens (D)
- Injury Report: OUT: James Sands (D) - broken arm, Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Tony Rocha (D) - hamstring injury, Heber (F) - hamstring injury
Portland Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Diego Chara (M)
- International duty: Andy Polo (M)
- Injury Report: OUT: Bill Tuiloma (D) - right thigh injury; QUESTIONABLE: Kendall McIntosh (GK) - left thigh injury, Zarek Valentin (D)- left thigh injury, Sebastian Blanco (M)- right lower leg
Referees: Rubiel Vazquez (referee); Logan Brown, Jose J. Da Silva (assistant referees); Lorant Varga (4th official); Guido Gonzales Jr. (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 7, 2019, 6:30 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 and Portland Timbers are both as hot as can be. NYCFC is currently on a 12-game unbeaten streak (14 if you count their two Open Cup wins), whereas Portland are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. Both teams are powered by talented Argentinian midfielders — Maxi Moralez for NYCFC, and Diego Valeri for the Timbers — and are two of the prettiest teams to watch as of recently.
Historically, the Timbers have gotten the better of New York City in past meetings, winning three of their four matchups to date with the Boys in Blue collecting just one win. And as it’s looking tonight, Portland is coming in with a much healthier side.
Over the weekend, NYCFC manager Domé Torrent announced that Aelxandru Mitrita, Jesus Medina, and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi were all questionable for this matchup. And the difference between winning and losing may very well rest on the health of these players, especially in the midst of a congested schedule. But, City are at home and have showed off their depth before. So don’t count them out.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.