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Game day hub: NYCFC at New England Revolution

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Pregame poll, game thread, injury report, and playoff previews as NYCFC faces the Revolution in the Eastern Conference Semifinal of the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs

MLS: New England Revolution at New York City FC
It’s not easy getting around Matt Turner, but it can be done.
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It’s game day! New York City FC travels to Patriot Place mall, home of Gillette Stadium, to face the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Semifinal of the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. The winner will play the Philadelphia Union in the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday, December 5.

• Game coverage starts at 7 pm. You will find complete information on how to watch, stream, and listen to the game here.

• NYCFC is in excellent form. City was undefeated in its final five games of the regular season, then dismantled Atlanta United in the first round of the playoffs—it was NYCFC’s most convincing win of the season. In part, it was because of a tactical change. NYCFC ceded possession but dominated Atlanta with a high press. You can read about that strategic evolution here.

Poll

Is it better to...

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Play on plastic grass in an empty football stadium next to a mall forever and ever
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Play on real grass in a baseball stadium for a few years while waiting for a soccer-specific stadium to be built
    (1 vote)
  • 88%
    Be honest, and accept that that NYCFC isn’t moving out of Yankee Stadium any time soon
    (23 votes)
26 votes total Vote Now

Two NYCFC players are unavailable for the game against the Revolution: Keaton Parks and Anton Tinnerholm are both out with season-ending injuries. The remainder of the squad is fit to play.

• NYCFC and New England met three times this year, and while the Revolution won two of those games the analysis tells a more complicated story. You can read about that and more in The Bielsa Report: Five things NYCFC supporters should know about the New England Revolution.

Poll

Later tonight, at the football stadium in a clearing off I-95 a few miles north of the Rhode Island state line, NYCFC will...

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Win pretty
    (10 votes)
  • 46%
    Win ugly
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Lose pretty
    (0 votes)
  • 7%
    Lose ugly
    (2 votes)
  • 10%
    Draw and send supporters into a traumatic MLS is Back Tournament flashback
    (3 votes)
28 votes total Vote Now

• Will New England striker Adam Buksa be match-fit after recovering from a foot injury? Our Revolution-supporting colleague Sam Minton weighs in on that and more in Oppo research: Questions for the Bent Musket.

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Vamos NYCFC!