FT: A second half surge sees NYCFC grab a 2-0 victory over New England to extend their winning streak to three games!
Though the first half wasn’t exactly entertaining television, New York City got the job again when it came to the nitty gritty. Tinnerholm’s excellent effort in the 60th provided NYCFC with their opening tally before Héber finally found his first MLS goal of 2020 not long after. And though they were put on the back foot late, they remained sturdy and saw out what was ultimately a comfortable win and their third straight.
86' Nicolas Acevedo and Joe Scally come on for James Sands and Anton Tinnerholm, respectively. Alex Ring seems to be OK thankfully. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 3, 2020
80’: Final ten minutes incoming. And thus far, another brilliant second half from NYCFC. I think this team has found themselves. This was a tough midweek matchup on the road, and they’ve been by far the better team and have the goals to show for it.
72’: GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!! Héber grabs his first MLS goal of 2020 to give NYCFC a cushion!
It was a great corner from Matarrita and an even better header from Héber. The Brazilian rises above his marker to push the ball off the far post and in. Inch perfect! City lead 2-0!
69' Having gone up a goal just moments ago, the game has opened up for #NYCFC. This could play to their advantage depending on what changes ensue. Go for the insurance goal, I say.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 3, 2020
64’: Maxi Moralez comes off for Jesus Medina
60’: GOOOOOOOAAALLL!!! City finally break through!
Tinnerholm, building on his brilliant performance from Saturday, skips around a Revolution defender before squaring the ball across. Though it’s being counted as an own goal, Héber was there to cause chaos. 1-0 NYCFC!
59’: An effort from Alex Ring is redirected towards net by Héber, but it’s wide.
53’: Matarrita forces a turnover and takes a chance from distance. The Costa Rican unfortunately cannot bend it in.
Second half has begun. No changes thus far. Let’s see if City have made any tactical adjustments.
HT: NYCFC and the Revs head into the locker room at half completely scoreless.
Make no mistake about it, this is a Wednesday game. Both teams have looked fatigued and worse for wear. City seems to be controlling the ball, but not many definitive chances have been created. I don’t think Ronny Deila nor Bruce Arena will be thrilled with what they saw from their teams that half.
31’: That was terrible defense by City. Luckily, Penilla’s finish was worse.
29’: Daily reminder that James Sands is great. Don’t get used to seeing him in NYC colors.
Twenty minutes in. I haven't seen enough to really make a huge judgment call on this one. City has controlled the pace and have spent a majority of the game in New England's end. But like the first few games, #NYCFC have looked disjointed in the final third.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) September 3, 2020
14’: So close! Chanot met Matarrita’s corner with a brilliant header towards goal, but it’s stopped cold by Turner.
12’: If this is how Mackay-Steven played at Celtic, then I’m curious as to how they won anything.
5’: That’s a quality denial of a good ball in behind by NYCFC. Not sure if it was Tinnerholm or Chanot. The video feed seems a bit... grainy.
We’re off in Foxborough! Can NYCFC dig deep and find a third straight win against a tough New England team?
Rosters are out! NYCFC maintain their 4-3-3 shape from last week, but with two differences — Gary Mackay-Steven and Maxi Moralez will run the wings while Alexandru Mitrita and Jesus Medina will start this one on the bench. While I’m stoked to see Maxi in there, him being on the wing feels like a waste. But, I’ll leave it to Deila.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: James Sands (M)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Sebastien Ibeagha (D) - hamstring injury
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
New England Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- 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: Armando Villarreal (referee); Claudiu Badea, Tom Felice (assistant referees); Adam Kilpatrick (4th official); Alan Kelly (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 2, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Online streaming: Fox Sports App (live broadcast)
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Are we finally seeing the team’s true form?
That’s what New York City FC supporters are asking after seeing the club decimate the Chicago Fire 3-1 on Saturday, giving them two straight wins and seeing them move from the cellar to 9th in the Eastern Conference. And with Maxi Moralez and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi back in the fold, the sky is now the limit to how much they can achieve on the offensive side of the ball.
The team, however, is set to face a strong challenge as they travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts for a midweek showdown against the scrappy New England Revolution in a match that could feature a lot in the way of squad rotation for both teams. The Revs have been relatively strong in Phase 1, as they have gone unbeaten in their last five games though only two of the matches in that time frame have been wins. And home advantage in the turf-laden Gillette Stadium is always a significant variable to take into account.
Even if we see some squad rotation tonight, NYCFC are definitely covered. Taty Castellanos is probably chomping at the bit given Héber’s recent struggles at striker. And with Maxi coming back relatively fresh, you could see the anticipated first start from Nicolas Acevedo at one of the defensive midfield spots. Tajouri-Shradi is also a huge threat on the wing and is due some minutes.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.