UPDATE (7/22): Cincinnati beat the Red Bulls 2-0. That’s Scenario 1 accomplished!
Original story: New York City FC did themselves no favors by dropping their first two MLS is Back Tournament group stage games. Following a sloppy but competent 1-0 win over Inter Miami, however, the Blues have kept their tournament hopes alive.
Unfortunately, NYCFC are gonna need some help to advance. A lot of help. So we’ve scoured the interwebs looking for ways we can see the Blues advance to the Knockout Phase of the MLSIB Tournament. And after careful curation and research, here are all the scenarios that would propel the Pigeons to a berth.
NYCFC needs at least two of the following three scenarios to play out in order to advance: (courtesy of Glenn Crooks)
New York Red Bulls win OR
FC Cincinnati win 1-0 OR
FC Cincinnati win by 2+ goals
OR FC Cincinnati win 2-1; NYCFC and Red Bulls would be tied on points, and goals for. Would come down to disciplinary points
- Vancouver win 1-0; NYCFC and Chicago would be tied on points, and goals for. Would come down to disciplinary points.
- LA Galaxy win by 2 or less goals
It’s never easy to advance by virtue of other teams’ performances. And as it stands, FiveThirtyEight gives NYCFC a 41% chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. However, I personally don’t see these results as unattainable.
The Red Bulls-Cincinnati game is tonight at 8:00 PM ET. And I never thought I’d say this, but you should be rooting for the Jersey Boys to take the W tonight.
Stay tuned. And keep your fingers crossed.