FT: NYCFC loses a key game and is now forced to wait on the result of Philadelphia v. Columbus.
NYCFC looked awful all game long and squandered the few chances they were given. Granted, many key components of the team were missing, but it’s a bad result regardless. The anxiety is growing.
89’: New England scores on a chip. Game over. City will now have to rely on Columbus to take care of Philly.
85’: Héber is denied by Turner. Miller gets a chance for a rebound, but goes up and over the bar. Disappointing.
83’: Medina is clueless. God, why did he dummy that ball?
76’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for GMS, as expected. We need some magic.
72’: NYCFC need to make a sub. The attack is lethargic and lacks energy. I’d say Tajouri-Shradi in for GMS, who has been invisible this half.
66’: New England pulls ahead with a goal from Teal Bunbury. Not a good development.
62’: Alexandru Mitrita almost bags a wonderful free kick! Mitri elects to try to sneak one in near post, but Matt Turner brilliantly denies it. Whoa.
56’: Hectic start to this half. City seems to have gained a little bite in the attack, but still not threatening goal.
The second half has begun. City need a winner. Can they find it?
HT: NYCFC enter halftime level at 0-0.
Not a pretty half of football. But for right now, it’s good enough. Philadelphia and Columbus are still scoreless and if that result stands, City winning, losing, or drawing becomes inconsequential.
Still, I expect Domé to provide a gameplan where getting that go-ahead goal is the priority.
32’: Mitri’s shot whistles just past the far post! That almost broke our scoreless tie right there.
22’: Big save from SeanJohn!
20’: WHAT A TACKLE FROM IBEAGHA! Rocha almost handed the Revs a goal with that bad turnover, but the backup CB was up to task and snuffed it out.
10’: Nifty sequence from City there! The interplay between Mitri and Maxi was a joy to watch. I feel NYCFC should have ended up with something at the end of that. But you take what you can get.
We’re off in Foxborough! The ball is in NYCFC’s court — get a result, and you’re top of the East.
Rosters are out! NYCFC has elected to go with an extremely offensive lineup, seemingly with no No. 8. Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina both take up midfield spots with Tony Rocha as the sole defensive pivot. Gary Mackay-Steven, Alexandru Mitrita, and Héber are the front three.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: Taty Castellanos (F), Maxime Chanot (D), Alex Ring (M)
- Suspended after next caution: Sean Johnson (GK)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: James Sands (D) - collarbone injury, Anton Tinnerholm (D) - concussion, Keaton Parks (M) - hamstring injury
New England Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Carles Gil (M), Andrew Farrell (D), Michael Mancienne (D)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Edgar Castillo (D) - rib injury
- Referees: Nima Saghafi (referee); Frank Anderson, Andrew Bigelow (assistant referees); Yusri Rudolf (4th official); Tim Ford (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 29, 2019, 5:00 pm ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go (live stream)
TV: YES (tape delay, starts 7:30 PM)
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: With several key absences, New York City FC look to defeat a formidable New England Revolution side on the road in an effort to clinch the Eastern Conference.
For NYCFC to clinch the top spot, all they need is at least a draw. Any result in which they capture points automatically puts them out of reach of the Philadelphia Union, who are also eliminated should they draw or lose against the Columbus Crew tonight.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.