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City and Revs battle to a scoreless draw in sloppy affair

MLS: New York City FC at New England Revolution Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Three minutes of stoppage time.


87’: Taty probably should’ve shot there. He dispossessed the defender and was on goal. It wasn’t a gimme, but the lay-off wasn’t there.


85’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for GMS. Tactical change indeed.



70’: Alexandru Mitrita is has his shot blocked by Farrell. That is by far the best attack NYCFC has mounted all afternoon. More of that please!


65’: NYCFC make a double change. Taty Castellanos comes on for Héber while Anton Tinnrholm replaces Joe Scally.



59’: Game has begun to open up. Thus far, it’s played in City’s favor. They’re mounting more opportunities then they were in the first half.


53’: Lethargic. That’s the only word that comes to mind. There hasn’t been much creativity for the side today. It looks like they’re actively playing not to lose.


The second half has begun. Can NYCFC clean it up and pull ahead?


HT: NYCFC and the Revs are still scoreless after the first 45.

I get it — there is a lot of rotation going on right now. But still, there is enough talent on the field for NYCFC to avoid being as hapless in transition as they have so far. GMS is not getting it done at all. Héber isn’t threatening. Something has to change if City even want one point out of this game.



36’: NYCFC get two big opportunities, but can’t put either away. First, Héber and Gudi combine well on the left flank before centering a ball for GMS. The Scotsman’s shot is right a Turner.

On the follow up, New England turn the ball over on the back line. Alex Ring has a gold opportunity, but puts his shot wide.


28’: What is with this transitional game? NYCFC look terrible on the counter and even worse when they get into the attacking third.


19’: NYCFC almost concede. Again, Johnson stepped up to make the save on Bunbury. Bou was there for the rebound tap-in, but was offside.



13’: Sean Johnson denies Bunbury. Between the two teams, that is the best chance so far.


Ten minutes in. Really nothing doing. Neither team looks spectacular in the opening stages of this one. Though it seems New England has had more control of the pace.


We’re underway in Foxborough! Does a heavily rotated NYCFC have the juice to once again dispatch of the Revs?


Rosters are out! Sure enough, we’ve got a lot of players rotated into the lineup.

Nicolas “Cacha” Acevedo makes his long-awaited start at DM to replace the suspended James Sands. Elsewhere, Alexandru Mitrita and Gary Mackay-Steven replace Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina in the attack due to injuries. And last but not least, Joe Scally gets a start at right back!

This is an exciting team sheet!


Rosters

  • Suspended: James Sands (M)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Maxi Moralez (M) - knee injury
  • OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
  • OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury

New England Revolution Starting XI:

  • Suspended: Matt Polster (M)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Luis Caicedo (M) - right knee injury
  • OUT: Carles Gil (M) - left Achilles injury

Referees: Ramy Touchan (referee); Brian Poeschel, Jeremy Kieso (assistant referees); Luis Arroyo (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: September 19, 2020, 4:30 PM ET

Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

Online streaming: Fox Sports Go

TV: YES

Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio

The story: Phase 2 of MLS’s return has officially begun. And to kick things off, New York City FC make a return trip to Foxborough, Massachusetts to once again take on the New England Revolution. NYCFC played New England on the road on September 2 during Phase 1, which resulted in a 2-0 win. Bruce Arena later said that City had been the best team they played to that point. And New York City will undoubtedly be looking to once again throw the Revs into the fire en route to climbing up the table.

Unfortunately, NYCFC will be without key player Maxi Moralez who sustained a pretty serious injury last week against FC Cincinnati which will keep him out for at least a month. This leaves several questions as to how the Boys in Blue will line up offensively against a well-coached Revs team that will desperately be seeking revenge in an effort to possibly leap the Pigeons in the Eastern Conference standings.

This has all the makings of a spicy afternoon game, so keep it locked!

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