FT: #NYCFC defeat D.C. United 4-1 in a stunning return to Yankee Stadium. The first half saw both teams score penalties, while the second half was all City as Tajouri-Shradi bagged a brace and Parks grabbed an insurance goal. What a performance!— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 8, 2020
88’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! NYCFC pile it on D.C.!
Fresh off the bench, Medina switches the play to Gudi down the left flank. The Icelandic fullback crosses the ball into the area and finds Keaton Parks who heads it over Hamid in net. It is now 4-1 NYCFC. Let’s go!
86’: Jesus Medina enters for Tajouri-Shradi. Tony Rocha comes on for Ronald Matarrita.
80’: NYCFC have not gone defensive in the late goings. They seem to be pushing for another goal. And why not?
72’: Gudi comes on for Gary-Mackay Steven.
68' Izzy flirts with a hat trick. A brilliant curler from outside the area taps off the far post. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 8, 2020
64’: GOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! City pull ahead by two goals!
Tinnerholm once again establishes his dominance from the right back position with an inch-perfect cross. The ball finds a streaking Tajouri-Shradi who slides it in, giving the Libyan a brace! 3-1 City!
54’: PENALTY! Another handball in the box.
Tajouri-Shradi scores the ensuing penalty kick, putting City up 2-1!
53' Brilliant cross from Tinnerholm finds Mackay-Steven in the box, but the Scotsman can't direct his header on goal. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 8, 2020
The second half is underway. Can NYCFC break through DC’s lines and pull ahead?
HT: NYCFC enter the half tied at 1-1 with D.C. United. The goals are from an early penalty by City’s Taty Castellanos and a penalty for DCU, scored by Ola Kamara.
DCU have gone into a defensive shell and show little desire to work the ball up the pitch, instead being content with absorbing pressure from NYCFC and allowing them to give it their best shot with numbers in the box.
41' DCU has made no attempt to play any real offense since scoring a penalty. Looks like a carbon copy of the last time these two clubs faced each other. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 8, 2020
29’: Taty takes a rare left-footed strike. But it’s right at Hamid. Rebound is called for a handball.
26’: Alex Callens makes a big stop after Chanot loses his footing. Could’ve been a disaster had Kamara had support and DCU were even attempting to play offense. But, no harm.
18’ WOW! What a sequence! NYCFC smothered DC with pressure and peppered the target with shots. DCU’s defense holds strong.
11’: Jeeeez. Penalty for D.C.
Ola Kamara steps up to take it and makes it. We’re tied 1-1.
2’: PENALTY CALLED! Taty Castellanos was brought down in the box.
Taty steps up to take it and... BURIES IT! City take an early 1-0 lead on what is Castellanos’ first goal of the 2020 season! Great start!
It feels so good to say this — we’re off in the Bronx! Can NYCFC make it a warm homecoming?
Rosters are out! Ismael Tajouri-Shradi starts at CAM while Mitri is off on international duty. Gary Mackay-Steven starts at right wing with Alex Ring on the left.
Ring playing out wide is something I’ve come to accept at this point. But I’m still not sold on GMS, who has struggled since arriving last summer.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: Alexandru Mitrita (M)
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Maxi Moralez (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Heber (F) - ACL injury
D.C. United Starting XI:
- Suspended: Frederic Brillant (D)
- Suspended after next caution: Frederic Brillant (D), Russell Canouse (D)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Paul Arriola (M) - ACL injury
- OUT: Edison Flores (M) - facial injury
- OUT: Ulises Segura (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Felipe (M) - ACL injury
- OUT: Mohammed Abu (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Kevin Paredes (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Steve Birnbaum (D) - undisclosed injury
Referees: Drew Fischer (referee); Nick Uranga, Kathryn Nesbitt, Logan Brown (assistant referees); Joshua Encarnacion (4th official); Chris Penso (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: October 7, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
But things aren’t exactly rosy for NYCFC either. Though they’ve regained Alexander Callens from yellow card suspension and have managed to keep a plethora of players from leaving for international duty, one player they’ve been unable to maintain is Alexandru Mitrita — who has scored four goals in his last two appearances — who they let depart to Romania due to a “personal matter.” And if recent rumors are to be believed, he might not be coming back any time soon due to a possible loan move to a Saudi Arabian side.
With Mitri being busy abroad and star playmaker Maxi Moralez still out with an injury, the question that is on every NYCFC supporter’s mind is who will get the call at the CAM role.
Much to many fans’ dismay, it will probably be the often maligned Jesus Medina.
How he can contribute to an attack that were blanked against DCU last time out is a mystery. But for all our sakes, I hope he gets the job done.
Many things to watch out for tonight. So keep it locked!
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.