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New York City 3, Vancouver 1 — as it happened!

The Bronx Blues clinch their spot in 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs with a big road win in British Columbia!

MLS: New York City FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

81’: City are just looking to see this one out. With a two-goal lead and not much time left, it’s a good enough tactic. It just wasn’t 15 minutes ago.

72’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!! Mitri bangs in a free kick!

It was as inch perfect as it could be, and it could be that much-needed goal to put this game away. What a goal as NYCFC go up 3-1.

70’: NYCFC are now playing a dangerous game. They were playing with a passion and energy in the first half. That has disappeared this half.

52’: As Domé says all the time, NYCFC “need to respect the game.” They’re giving the Caps way too much leg room right now.

We’re all ready for the second half! Can city add onto their two-goal lead, put this one away, and clinch a playoff spot?

HT: NYCFC lead the Whitecaps 2-0 on goals from Héber and his replacement Gary Mackay-Steven.

The Blues are by far the better team right now and are deservedly up. They did get a little lucky when SeanJohn’s challenge in the box didn’t draw a penalty thanks to VAR. But for the most part, I feel the score is an accurate reflection on the contest so far.

There will be EIGHT minutes of stoppage time!

38’: Whoa! Taty is denied a goal off the line. This game has opened up.

33’: NYCFC concede a penalty. BUT, VAR is consulted and it is waved off!

27’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! NYCFC double their lead!

Maxi plays a beautiful incisive pass through Vancouver’s back line. The ball finds Gary Mackay-Steven who is just barely able to loft it over the opposing goalkeeper to increase the Pigeons’ lead to 2-0.

18’: Héber has pulled up with an injury and will be replaced by Gary Mackay-Steven. We need to hope this isn’t serious because without the Brazilian forward, it’s gonna be rough.


Tony Rocha forces the turnover in the midfield, lays the ball off to Alexandru Mitrita, who then feeds the savage Héber in the box. The Brazilian effortlessly finishes his chance first-time and gives NYCFC an early 1-0 lead.

8’: NYCFC look tactically potent right now. Their first few spells of possession have both looked pretty and have gotten the Blues into some good positions.

We’re off in the Rain City! Can City win their fourth straight and keep pace with Philadelphia?

Rosters are out! Due to Alex Ring and Ronald Matarrita both being suspended for this one, Tony Rocha and Ben Sweat are called into action against the struggling Whitecaps. Let’s hope the team doesn’t miss Mata and the Ringleader all that much.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: Ronald Matarrita (D), Alex Ring (M)
  • Suspended after next caution: Ben Sweat (D), Valentin Castellanos (F), Maxime Chanot (D), Maxi Moralez (M)
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury, Ebenezer Ofori (M) - knee injury

Vancouver Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Erik Godoy (D)
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: Jasser Khmiri (D) - left knee injury, Michael Baldisimo (M) - left ankle injury; DOUBTFUL: PC (M) - middle back spasm, Eric Godoy (D) - right calf tightness

Referees: Marcos DeOliveira (referee); Mike Rottersman, Apolinar Mariscal (assistant referees); Alex Chilowicz (4th official); Ricardo Salazar (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: August 31, 2019, 10:00 pm ET

Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, CAN

Online streaming: Fox Sports Go


Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish

All-time series: Fresh off a triumphant win against the rival New York Red Bulls, New York City FC travels to the west coast of Canada to take on the lowly Vancouver Whitecaps in a game that could propel them to the top of the Eastern Conference if everything falls into place.

There are few teams as different and with as much disparity than NYCFC and the Whitecaps — the former has emerged as a contender for silverware this season, while the latter sits in the cellar of the Western Conference and is all but surely out of contention for the playoffs.

But even with that said, City must be on their toes in order to clinch a result.

The long trip from New York City to British Columbia is one of the longest in all the league and is separated by three time zones, so jet lag could come into play depending on how the Blues prepared in training. Also, NYCFC will be missing two key players — Ronald Matarrita and captain Alex Ring — due to a red card and yellow card accumulation, respectively.

It’s also important to note that New York City will be losing four key players — Matarrita, Maxime Chanot, Sean Johnson, and Alex Callens — to international duty this upcoming week due to international duty, making it imperative that Maxi Moralez, Taty Castellanos, and Ben Sweat all avoid being shown yellow tonight and being forced to miss a game.

There’s a lot going on tonight, but NYCFC certainly have the talent and depth to pull it all off.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.