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Can City win their third straight and get their revenge for 2020’s playoff exit at the hands of the Lions? Watch live on ESPN with us!

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FT: NYCFC draw with Orlando 1-1 after a dramatic close.

City by far were the worse team tonight and were fortunate to grab a point. But the attention will immediately shift over to the last seconds of the game where Jesus Medina missed a 1-v-1 opportunity and a chance to pull a heist for all three points.

NYCFC supporters should be happy with the point. But they’ll be disappointed to not take all three.


89’: Chanot and Callens both hilariously hit the deck after SeanJohn secures the ball. I love some gamesmanship.


86’: Taty lets off a curler that whistles past the far post! Goodness, that’s as close as it gets.


81’: Tajouri-Shradi is typically inconsistent as a starter. But he seems to bring something special off the bench.


76’: PENALTY! Tajouri-Shradi is taken down in the box as referee Robert Sibiga points to the spot!

Taty steps up to take it and... SINKS IT! NYCFC tie the game at 1-1!


74’: It’s not Gray, but Sebastien Ibeagha who comes on for the injured Tinnerholm.


73’: Tinnerholm has pulled up and looks like he might come off. Not what you want to see. Might be time for Tayvon Gray to come in and try to make a difference.


67’: City have shown no improvement. Maybe the inclusion of Malte Amundsen and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi can help. But they need to get on their horse.


52’: Goal, Orlando. Nani cuts easily onto his right foot and buries one from distance.

Not gonna lie — that feels like the winning goal to me. City has done nothing to show me they’re up for tonight.


The second half is underway. Let’s hope City brought some fight with them.


HT: NYCFC and Orlando enter halftime in scoreless tie.

It’s been a sloppy first half for City as they have allowed the Lions to dictate the pace and have been on the defensive. They’re lucky to be going into the second half level. Deila will have to make some adjustments to get his attack going.


39’: NYCFC need to shape up. The attack has been lackluster.


28’: Brilliant ball from Jassen finds Taty in behind. Orlando’s equal to the subsequent shot.


22’: Taty needs to wake up. For the second straight week, he’s kinda off to start.


13’: City started off in control, but they seem susceptible to the counter. NYCFC need to start mounting the pressure.


8’: Andres Jasson takes a shot! He pressures the GK into a good save.


We’re off in Orlando! The pressure is on NYCFC to stake their claim for elite status. But they’ll have to do it without the only Designated Player on their roster.


Rosters are out! Maxi Moralez and Alfredo Morales must’ve received late injuries. They’re nowhere to be seen. Instead, Jesus Medina starts in the attacking midfield with Taty Castellanos and Andres Jasson as the attacking duo. Maxime Chanot returns from injury, and Cacha Acevedo earns a start in the defensive midfield.


Rosters

New York City FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Thiago Andrade (visa)
  • OUT: Heber (knee)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Maxime Chanot
  • QUESTIONABLE: Gedion Zelalem (hamstring)

Orlando City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Pato (leg surgery)

Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Peter Manikowski, Adam Wienckowski (assistant referees); Rubiel Vazquez (4th official); Hilario Grajeda (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: May 8, 2021, 6:00 PM ET

Venue: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL

Online streaming: ESPN+

TV: ESPN

Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio

The story: After a shock lost against D.C. United to start the season, New York City FC has done well to clean up and have racked up two straight victories, including a 5-0 blowout over Cincinnati and a tidy 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

But this week, NYCFC travel to the Sunshine State to take on Orlando City. And considering what happened the last time these two squared off, City will be looking for revenge as they saw their playoff hopes squashed in a shocking penalty kick defeat.

Orlando has been highly touted as a dangerous side this season. And with pundits still making excuses on behalf of the Union for NYCFC’s victory last week, it’s gonna take a complete performance to put the league and fans on notice that City ain’t nobody to be messed with.

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