FT: #NYCFC fall to Pumas 3-2 in penalties after a 1-1 deadlock in regular time. This was terrible. The club's inability to finish was front and center at this one, as was CONCACAF's obsession with ruining action with two disallowed goals via VAR, including a puzzling handball.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 12, 2021
We’re going to penalties.
82' Tajouri-Shradi, Thiago, and Alfredo are on! #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 12, 2021
72’: Goal. Pumas.
A forward rolls a shot past the defense. Sean Johnson is late to react and it trickles it. That’s poor.
61’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! FINALLY!!!
City earn a corner kick. MAxi delivers it and Taty heads it in. Simple. Easy as pie.
1-0 NYCFC! Let’s go!
This one definitely counts @tatycaste11anos pic.twitter.com/P4tK4jTx0N— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 12, 2021
50’: GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! City finally get their tally!
City pings it around in transition before Maxi Moralez finds Santi Rodriguez through in behind....
But once again, VAR calls it back for a handball. No goal.
46’: Already a big chance for NYCFC! Gudi finds himself in the box with a clear shot of goal, but can’t gather the ball to put a shot on goal.
We’re off with the second half! Does NYCFC have a win in them tonight?
HT: NYCFC and Pumas remain scoreless as we head to halftime.
We didn’t get to see much of the first half due to ESPN having technical difficulties. But from what we did see and from what we’ve heard, City are the aggressor and should be up.
We’re listening in on the radio while the feed works itself out.
21’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! City strike first!
Taty receives the long ball, holds up play, and lays the ball off for Keaton Parks who buries his shot.
They’re checking the goal on VAR.... BUT WE CAN’T SEE IT BECAUSE ESPN’S FEED IS GONE AGAIN! WTF!?
Goal was disallowed anyway.
13’: Taty squanders a golden opportunity. No excuse for not scoring that one.
1’: I guess we’re playing? No way to tell because the game’s ESPN feed is currently dead.
After a three-hour wait, we’re finally off in the Bronx! Can City outwork Pumas and punch their ticket to the Leagues Cup Semifinal? We’re about to find out.
10:20 PM (EST): WE’RE PLAYING BABY! Kickoff for 10:58 PM. Strap in, lads. It’s gonna be a late night but there’s nobody I’d rather be spending it with.
GAME ON: @LeaguesCup #NYCFC @PumasMX kickoff at 10:58PM ⚽️ #VamosNYC— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 12, 2021
10:00 PM (EST): Nothing new to report. Regardless, we’ll be here all night if we have to.
9:13 PM (EST): The unofficial word is that the game may begin at 9:30 PM. According to the English radio broadcast, however, there is still lightning in the area so don’t hold anyone to that.
Dicen que pasa la lluvia a las 9:15pm, entonces pudiéramos comenzar cerca de las 9:30pm. (extraoficialmente) https://t.co/RnbZPVP588— Roberto Abramowitz (@RobAbramowitz) August 12, 2021
8:35 PM (EST): We’re still in a weather delay. No word on when/if we can get to some football.
Looks like we’re gonna have a 20-minute weather delay before kickoff.
WEATHER ADVISORY: There will be a 20 minute delay to kickoff for inclement weather in the area. We will provide updates here as we have them ⛈— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 11, 2021
Rosters are out! As expected, it’s a slightly rotated squad. But for the most part, it’s a strong one. Talles Magno also returns to the bench after a long stretch on the injury report.
New York City FC Starting XI:
Starting XI for your Boys in Blue tonight in The Bronx @LeaguesCup pic.twitter.com/c3P4q1EH5Q— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 11, 2021
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
- OUT: Anton Tinnerholm (registration)
Pumas UNAM Starting XI:
Esta es la alineación @Telcel que manda nuestro DT Andrés Lillini para enfrentar al @NYCFC en la @LeaguesCup. #ComoDebeSer #SoyDePumas #FutbolEnTusManos pic.twitter.com/vjjvXvduTq— PUMAS (@PumasMX) August 11, 2021
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Oshane Nation (referee); Ojay Duhaney, Jassett Kerr (assistant referees); Reon Radix (4th official); Ismael Cornejo (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 11, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: ESPN+
TV: TUDN, ESPN2
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: For the second time in club history, NYCFC will participate in continental competition. Looking to regain a decent run of form — as well as send a message after their unceremonious drubbing by Tigres UANL in last year’s CONCACAF Champions League — the Boys in Blue host Liga MX’s Pumas UNAM at Yankee Stadium for the Leagues Cup Quarterfinal.
While it’s been confirmed that they will be rotating the squad a bit, City comes into this unique matchup as favorites. Pumas have struggled early on in the Liga MX Apertura and will apparently be missing some key players when they take to the Etihad Pitch on Wednesday night. To further complicate matters for the Cougars, Pumas is on a day’s shorter rest than NYCFC having played on Sunday afternoon — a 3-1 loss to Atletico San Luis.
Despite struggling to grab wins on the road, NYCFC have been dominant at home with their last two games at Yankee Stadium both ending up in blowout wins. Should everyone be up to the task, the Boys in Blue should be sending the Bronx crowd home happy. But that’s only if they refuse to play down to them.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.