FT: NYCFC defeat the Crew in a sloppy affair.
In the first half, City looked like a world class team with quick ball movement and stingy possession. The second half, however, was a complete departure from all of that. NYCFC struggled to mount attacks until later in the half and struggled to keep Columbus out of their half.
This isn’t the type of game City needed ahead of a derby showdown with the Red Bulls in three days. Hopefully, they hit the training ground hard and get back to what they do best.
86’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for Taty Castellanos
81’: Keaton Parks comes on for Tony Rocha
#NYCFC don't look like the same team they were in the first half— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 22, 2019
59’: Alexandru Mitrita comes on for Gary Mackay-Steven.
I feel #NYCFC would be more effective right now if Taty were in the middle and Héber out on the wing. That's how they lined up against Cinci, and both scored braces.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 22, 2019
48’: Sloppy start to this half. Columbus have had two good chances to challenge City’s goal.
The second half has commenced! City are in the driver’s seat, but can definitely do with a cushion.
HT: NYCFC lead Columbus 1-0 on a stunning Maxi-Taty combination. So far, so good.
36’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Taty continues his hot streak and scores the opener!
City deserved a goal for quite some time, and it finally comes a stellar sequence that features a gorgeous lobbed pass from Maxi Moralez to Taty Castellanos who converts his 1-v-1 opportunity. What a goal.
City lead 1-0
25' #NYCFC is playing gorgeous, sexy football right now. The only thing missing is a goal.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 21, 2019
10’: WOW! City deserved a goal there. The Boys continue to pass beautifully and Taty continues to be a threat around the box. They just haven’t found the net quite yet.
4’: Mata’s shot is just wide. That was close! City are passing very well early on.
We’re off in the Bronx! Can NYCFC get a key home win?
Rosters are out! Gary Mackay-Steven is gonna be starting at right wing over Alexandru Mitrita. That isn’t all too surprising. What is surprising, however, is that Tony Rocha will be starting over Keaton Parks in the midfield. I guess there’s a reason for everything.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Ben Sweat (D), Valentin Castellanos (F), Alex Ring (M), Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury, Ben Sweat (D) - back injury, Ebenezer Ofori (M) - knee injury
Columbus Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Federico Higuain (M) - right knee injury, Milton Valenzuela (D) - right knee injury, Hector Jimenez (D) - left knee injury, Aboubacar Keita (D) - left thigh injury, Ricardo Clark (M) - left foot injury,
QUESTIONABLE: Waylon Francis (D) - left thigh injury
Referees: Allen Chapman (referee); Brian Dunn, Nick Uranga (assistant referees); Lorant Varga (4th official); Geoff Gamble (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 21, 2019, 7:00 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: After collecting a key win on the road against an abysmal FC Cincinnati squad, New York City FC returns to the five boroughs to take on the Columbus Crew.
As of right now, NYCFC and Columbus couldn’t be any different. For City, they are in third place in the East and are on pace to overtake both Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union should they get the results they need. For the newly saved Crew, they are the second worst in the Eastern Conference and 7 points off the nearest playoff spot.
On paper, NYCFC shouldn’t have many issues with Columbus within the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. However, the Crew have always been a bogey team of sorts for the Boys in Blue and if they aren’t on top of their game, things can go south very quickly.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.