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FT: New York City 0, Columbus Crew 1

10-man City fall in season opener to the Crew.

New York City FC v Columbus Crew SC Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

FT: NYCFC fall 1-0 to the Columbus Crew in their season opener.

City never really had a chance in this one after going down a man — in my opinion, unfairly — in the 3rd minute. From there, they had no choice but to try to defend and never had much opportunity to attack for the remainder of the match.

Unfortunate start to proceedings, but those are the breaks.

84’: Unless City at least try to do something, this has all the makings of a lackluster ending. I see no difference in finishing 1-0 or 2-0. Commit players forward and try to make something happen.

70’: Taty Castelllanos comes on for Héber. The Brazilian just didn’t have it today. Hopefully Taty can provide a spark. It’s desperately needed.

63’ Sebastien Ibeagha comes off for Keaton Parks. That’s a sub for a sub. If that isn’t a perfect description for how this game has gone...

56’: Columbus get their goal. 1-0 to the Crew.

It seemed to be a long time coming, and it finally happened. Defensive lapses lead to a high-percentage opportunity which is buried far post. That could be the game decided. I just don’t see NYCFC getting back into this one.

49’: Ominous start. Johnson has been forced into action really early into this half. Was fortunate not to concede a rebound goal.

We’re off for the second half! Can City power through the one-man disadvantage and collect some points in this one?

HT: NYCFC and Columbus are scoreless after the first 45 minutes. City have had to bunker down defensively after Chanot’s 3rd minute red card. And to be fair, they’ve done well.

But even with 10-men, you can bet that New York City will be looking for a tally in this one. How Deila rallies the troops in the locker room could have huge implications on how things go in the second half.

37’: Sean Johnson clutches a header from Pedro Santos. NYCFC are in emergency mode.

25’: NYCFC are starting to lose control of the game. Even after they initially went down a man, City were still mounting decent attacks. Now, they’ve been put on the back foot by a hungry Crew.

14’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for Jesus Medina. Deila is forced into a tactical change due to Chanot’s early red card. Not generally a fan of going into a defensive shell, but we really don’t have a choice.

10’: If Chanot was shown red for his challenge, then that tackle was over-qualified.

3’: Uh-oh. This is about as terrible start as you can imagine. Maxime Chanot is given a red card for clipping the heels of a Columbus attacker. I don’t agree with that at all.

We’re off in Columbus! NYCFC in the famous City Blue, the Crew in black. MLS 2020 has arrived!

Rosters are out! Starting Jesus Medina over Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is definitely a bold move. But, Medina is still a DP. And if Deila feels he has more to give, then I’m fine with it. It should also be noted that Tajouri-Shradi may still be on a quest to be match fit.

Elsewhere, James Sands starts in the midfield along with Alex Ring and Maxi Moralez. Past experience would’ve had me guess that Keaton Parks would be given the nod. But Sands played brilliantly in the CCL against San Carlos, so no complaints there.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT - Gudmundur Thórarinsson (lower body)

Columbus Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Waylon Francis (D) - right knee injury, Matt Lampson (GK) - right knee injury
  • Referees: Ramy Touchan (referee); Felisha Mariscal, Chris Elliott (assistant referees); Lukasz Szpala (4th official); Hilario Grajeda (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: March 1, 2020, 12:30 PM ET

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OH

Online streaming: Fox Sports GO


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

The story: After a compelling debut in the CONCACAF Champions League in which they effortlessly dispatched of reigning Costa Rican champs AD San Carlos by way of a 6-3 aggregate scoreline, New York City FC travels to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew in what is to be the start of the MLS 2020 season.

While some may see midweek games as a disadvantage, NYCFC’s 1-0 win on Wednesday may give them a boost against the Crew who have yet to play a truly competitive game this year. With a new manager in Ronny Deila at the helm, any games for City can and should be used to further familiarize the squad with his preferred system of play. And if the CCL Round of 16 is anything to go by, New York City may have already made serious inroads to mastering Deila’s methodology.

Though two wins in continental competition is a terrific accomplishment for a team that has historically struggled in do-or-die situations, it’s imperative that NYCFC get off on the right foot with a win to open their domestic 2020 campaign.

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