FT: #NYCFC lose on the road 2-1 to Atlanta. City showed no life until it was already too late.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 11, 2019
81’: Goal! Héber gives NYCFC some hope. But is it too late?
This game is a fucking chore to cover. If NYCFC does anything good, I’ll let you know. If not, I’ll let you know when the next ATL goal comes in.
61’: Penalty awarded for Atlanta. Josef Martinez steps up and scores it.
53' This is going nowhere -- fast. Domé needs to make a change. Do something. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 11, 2019
The second half has begun. Can City shake off that poor first half and finally start to put it all together?
HT: Atlanta lead NYCFC 1-0 at halftime following a late goal from Josef Martinez.
City doesn’t look good. At all. And changes need to be made. If I’m Domé, here’s what I’d do:
Switch the shape from a 3-4-3 to a 4-3-3. NYCFC is vulnerable at the back and Atlanta is making them pay for it. Substitute Sands for Keaton Parks and move him into the midfield. The Sandman is on a yellow card and at the rate this game is going, he will be sent off eventually if left on the pitch.
42' Atlanta finally gets their goal. #NYCFC has absolutely nothing right now.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 11, 2019
Chanot got absolutely clowned by Josef Martinez.
I have no confidence in this team right now. They have done nothing this half.
35’: No goal. VAR rules a push in the box.
33' Atlanta scores on a set piece that should've never been rewarded in the first place. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 11, 2019
27’: New York City have been fortunate not to concede yet
23’: City spurs a great counter that see’s Taty 1-v-1 vs. Guzan. Gooze wins.
10' #NYCFC are hanging on for dear life right now. I don't think the 3-4-3 is the right choice going forward. City seems under-manned at the back— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 11, 2019
3’: Sean Johnson makes a big save early. Atlanta have come out of the gate with a fire and have created three dangerous chances already. City has to clean it up, and right now.
We’re off in the Dirty South! This would be a huge three points if NYCFC can pull this off!
Rosters are out! This is gonna be a polarized team sheet for sure. Taty Castellanos — after collecting a brace off the bench against Houston — starts over Héber in this one. Also, Ebenezor Ofori starts over Keaton Parks while Maxi Moralez, Anton Tinnerholm, and James Sands return to the Starting XI.
Though I acknowledge that Taty has been very good for most of the season, starting over Héber seems a bit extreme. But, Domé has been pretty good this season, so who am I to say he’s wrong?
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Ben Sweat (D), Valentin Castellanos (F), Alex Ring (M)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury, Ben Sweat (D) - back injury
Atlanta Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Mo Adams (M)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Mikey Ambrose (D) - left hamstring injury, Brek Shea (D) - knee injury, Brandon Vazquez (F) - left hip injury
Referees: Jair Marrufo (referee); Ian Anderson, Jose Da Silva (assistant referees); Sergii Demianchuk (4th official); Edvin Jurisevic (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 11, 2019, 3:55 pm.
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: New York City FC and Atlanta United have undoubtedly been one of the premier matchups in MLS for the last two seasons since the latter entered the league. Despite the fact that Atlanta has gotten the better of the Boys in Blue more often than not, the two clubs constantly produce high-scoring contests that are a treat for the casual, non-involved viewer.
NYCFC (38 points) and Atlanta (39 points) are currently 3rd and 2nd in the Eastern Conference, respectively. City currently have the Five Stripes covered with their two games in hand. Still, a win for the Boys in Blue tonight could see them overtake ATL and set their sights upon the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.