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FT: New York City 1, Portland 3

NYCFC fall terribly short and are eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament

MLS: Toronto FC vs New York City FC Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC fall to Portland 3-1 and are sent back to New York.

It was a promising first half for City. But as the game evolved, so did the Timbers as they were able to find three unanswered goals after NYCFC went up 1-0 early on a Jesus Medina penalty kick. The trend of the Blues losing in knockout rounds and falling short against teams coached Gio Savarese.

This sucks. Hopefully, it’s not the last time we see NYCFC play in 2020.

85’: Maxi goes into the book. (WTF am I gonna write about for these next few weeks?)

76’: Straight banger for the Timbers. That should be game over.

Polo beats his marker in Chanot and finesses it from distance past Johnson to give Portland a 3-1 lead and possibly stamp their ticket to the MLS is Back Semifinals.

NYCFC’s woes in knockout-round tournaments and against Gio Savarese seems looks destined to continue.

There’s 15 minutes left in regulation. In order for City to level this game up, they need to be more ruthless on offense. Too often, chances have been left unfinished. With Héber and Parks now on the pitch, the attack needs to be more active.

72’: Keaton Parks and Héber come on for Jesus Medina and Alexandru Mitrita respectively

65’: And the Timbers take the lead. Valeri emerges supreme in a chaotic sequence and slips it past Johnson to give Portland a 2-1 advantage.

55’: Maxi Moralez comes on for Gary Mackay-Steven. This is likely to push Medina out wide with Maxi filling in at CAM.

54’: What a save from Johnson! SeanJohn denied Ebobisse on a stone cold stop before following it up with a kick save. That was dangerous.

52’: Chanot meets the free kick with a header on net, but it is right at Clark in goal. City need to generate more chances than they currently are.

The second half is a go! Can City break away and regain the lead?

HT: NYCFC and Portland enter the half level at 1-1.

It was almost a perfect half for City who took the lead just past the 25th minute with a Jesus Medina penalty. Unfortunately, Portland were able to pull one back right ahead of the break. This contest has been pretty evenly matched and it’s anyone’s game going into the next phase of 45 minutes.

45’+1: Jesus Medina goes into the book for stopping a counter-attack.

43’: Portland equalize on a shot from Blanco.

Despite stopping service from a wide area, the clearance isn’t good enough and Blanco stands up Johnson at the far post. 1-1, halftime right around the corner.

40’: This game is WIDE open! The space is opening up for both clubs. It remains to be seen if this plays into City’s favor.

36’: Another great stop from Chanot! Maxime has been all over the place. And he’s been clutch throughout.

26: PENALTY FOR NEW YORK CITY! Medina was brought down in the box and the team will be awarded with a shot from the spot.

Medina steps up to take it and... BURIES IT!!! City take a 1-0 lead on Medina’s tird goal of the tournament!

24’: Taty almost scored a stunner! After forcing a turnover at midfield, Castellanos attempted to catch Clark off of his line from about 60 yards out. The trajectory was good, but the shot had too much mustard on it.

15’: Wow, that was close for City! Taty Castellanos threads the needle to Matarrita down the left. The Costa Rican loops in a cross that is just over both Medina and Taty.

12’: Chanot tracks back and stifles a promising look for the Timbs. City have been on the back foot to start this one. Some forward momentum will be needed soon.

8’: Portland has a golden opportunity there. Fortunately for NYCFC, the chance is missed.

And here we go! The MLS is Back Quarterfinals! Can New York City dig deep and keep this good run of form going?

Rosters are out! With Maxi Moralez seemingly still not quite fit enough to start, Gary Mackay-Steven gets the start out on the wing while Jesus Medina will apparently play the center attacking mid role. Other than that, the lineup seems unchanged from last week minus Ismael Tajouri-Shradi who is injured.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:

OUT — Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (M) - hamstring injury

Portland Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:

OUT — Dairon Asprilla (M) - left knee injury

QUESTIONABLE — Marco Farfan (D) - right ankle injury

  • Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Jose da Silva, Cory Richardson (assistant referees); Ramy Touchan (4th official); Allen Chapman (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: August 1, 2020, 10:30 PM ET

Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex , Orlando, FL

Online streaming: Fox Sports App


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The story: Fresh off the heels of an impressive 3-1 win over Toronto FC, New York City FC enters the MLS is Back Quaterfinals and is due for battle against the Portland Timbers. Having had a dreadful start to the tournament, City has experienced somewhat of a resurgence and have now won two on the trot.

Portland, on the other hand, have had no such trouble to this point. The Timbers went unbeaten in their group, winning two and drawing the other. Their Round of 16 game against FC Cincinnati wasn’t exactly convincing, however, as the two clubs drew 1-1 in regulation before the Timbs won in penalties 5-3.

This is quite the intriguing matchup. NYCFC has not defeated Portland since 2016. The Timbers are also coached by Gio Savarese who has been a constant thorn in City’s side, taking league wins in 2018 and 2019, as well as eliminating the Blues from the U.S. Open Cup in two straight years — 2015 and 2016 — while managing the NASL’s New York Cosmos.

City cannot look past Portland if they wish to have a good outing. As a matter of fact, this could be their toughest task to date.

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