FT: NYCFC fall to the Crew 3-1.
In a game where City seemed to only sporadically gain momentum, Columbus remained consistent and were able to put three goals past NYCFC’s typically stout defense. To add insult to injury, Taty Castellanos and Maxime Chanot both received yellow cards making them ineligible for next weekend’s game against Montreal.
Not good. Not good at all.
90’: Maxime Chanot brings down Artur in the box. It’s a penalty.
Welp. Gyasi Zardes misses the initial penalty but taps in the rebound. 3-1 Crew.
90’: Tony Rocha is on for Jesus Medina
84’: Taty goes into the book. He’ll miss next weekend’s game against the Impact.
71’: Great ball from Maxi almost results from a Taty brace! Team looks lively now.
61’: Maxi Moralez comes on from Mackay-Steven! Here we go! Let’s see if this move pays off.
Matarrita comes off for Gudi Thorarinsson.
55’: GOAL! Taty Castellanos scores on a corner! Do City still have life in them? It’s 2-1, Crew still lead.
50’: Goal. Pedro Santos buries home a cross from Etienne Jr.
Poor defense from NYCFC leaves Columbus with a tap-in to double their lead to 2-0. Things aren’t looking good.
48’: Medina let’s it fly from distance. Good save by Tarbell.
The second half is underway. Can NYCFC finally find their first come-from-behind win of 2020?
HT: NYCFC trail the Crew 1-0 going into the half.
City came out of the gate a step behind and were constantly punished on the counter. Their mistakes culminated in Columbus getting an easy goal midway through the first half. Since then, NYCFC has grown into the game and created more chances, but nothing concrete.
45’: Medina snubs a chance. How many times have we said that before?
30’: The Crew almost double their lead. Zardes mishits the cross from Etienne Jr. as his shot sails wide. Yikes.
26’: Goal. Columbus.
NYCFC are unable to clear the ball. Artur is there for a poacher’s goal to put the Crew up 1-0.
24’: SeanJohn makes another stone cold stop on Boateng 1-v-1!
19’: Big stop from Sean Johnson to deny Zardes!
18’: Taty Castellanos seems hurt. Let’s hope it’s not serious. We have no other strikers.
10’: NYCFC almost make it work on the counter press. Keaton Parks looks to wrap it around the goalkeeper, but he’s equal to it.
We’re off in Columbus!
Rosters are out! Maxi Moralez is cleared to play this one, but will start the game out on the bench. Either Jesus Medina or Ismael Tajouri-Shradi will take his place at CAM in the interim. Gary Mackay-Steven starts out on the wing while Alex Ring remains in the defensive midfield alongside Keaton Parks.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D), Valentin Castellanos (F)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Heber (F) - ACL injury
- James Sands (M) - foot injury
Columbus Crew Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) - ankle injury
- OUT: Darlington Nagbe (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Waylon Francis (D) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Lucas Zelarayan (M) - hamstring strain
Referees: Alex Chilowicz (referee); Peter Manikowski, Peter Balciunas (assistant referees); Guido Gonzales Jr (4th official); Sorin Stoica (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: October 18, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OH
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Coming off of what could be considered a clutch draw on the road against Orlando City, New York City FC continue their road trip as they travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew.
The trajectories of both of these teams couldn’t be any more different. NYCFC started off their domestic season with an abysmal five losses in as many games, while the Crew began their 2020 campaign red hot by going unbeaten in their first 6 MLS games. But as of recently, New York City has been steadily on the rise while Columbus begins to fall into a late season slump.
With the team regaining the talents of star playmaker Maxi Moralez in time for this Sunday evening battle, NYCFC could be in prime position to continue their late season push and capitalize on the Crew’s recent misfortunes.
Time will certainly tell.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.