FT: #NYCFC skate past the New England Revolution 2-0 thanks to a Taty Castellanos brace and strong defense thorughout! This was a statement win for the Night Owls! GIF REACTIONS ONLY!!!! pic.twitter.com/xvpf4peHCr— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 29, 2021
78’: Double change! Alfredo Morales comes on for Keaton Parks, Cacha Acevedo comes on for Jesus Medina. City is obviously trying to ice this one.
68’: Andres Jasson comes on for Santi Rodriguez
#NYCFC are making New England look pedestrian right now. You love to see it!— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 29, 2021
55’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Tay grabs a brace!
Maxi Moralez delivers the goods again! The Little Genius receives the ball wide right, delivers an inch perfect cross to the far post, and Taty is there to guide it in! 2-0 NYCFC!
48’: NYCFC threaten off the bricks! Santi Rodriguez makes a darting run behind. He does well to stretch the defense, but his finish was ill-advised.
The second half has begun! NYCFC have done well to make the best of their few chances thus far. What they need now is insurance.
32’: GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! Maxi taps it over the backline and Taty heads it in!
NYCFC grabs a much needed lead against the Easter Conference leaders! 1-0 NYCFC!
32’: This game is completely end to end. But NYCFC has failed to really test Matt Turner and the Revs’ defense, whereas New England has been drawing dangerous corners.
10’: Both teams with a sense of urgency to start. NYCFC have definitely controlled the pace for the most part, but the Revs hardly look poor.
We’re off in the Bronx! Can the Night Owls make a statement against the MLS leaders tonight?
Rosters are out! James Sands apparently starts in the holding midfield next to Keaton Parks. It also seems that Santi Rodriguez will start on the wing with Maxi Moralez in the middle. This could be fun.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, Taty Castellanos, Jesus Medina
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
New England Revolution Starting XI:
- Suspended: Carles Gil, Tajon Buchanan (All-Star participation)
- Suspended after next caution: Tommy McNamara
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Kevin Stott (referee); Kathryn Nesbitt, Gianni Facchini (assistant referees); Silviu Petrescu (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 28, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+ (out of market)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Having been given an extra week of rest following the postponement of the first Hudson River Derby of 2021, New York City FC return to their primary home of Yankee Stadium to host the MLS-leading New England Revolution.
The last time these two met, New England came away with a 3-2 win where Taty Castellanos missed an abundance of chances, including a penalty, and NYCFC completely fell asleep on defense. Ronny Deila has stated that the team “did not play well” in that first outing. But this time around, NYCFC has every possible advantage on their side.
New England will be without stars Carles Gil and Tajon Buchanon — the latter of whom has reportedly been transferred to Belgium — due to circumstance regarding All-Star Game participation. Conversely, City comes into this one with virtually everyone at their disposal and an extra week’s worth of rest following the postponement of their showdown with the New York Red Bulls last weekend. Most importantly, NYCFC will play this one at the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium where they have gone unbeaten in their last six games. The last visiting team to win at Yankee Stadium in MLS play? The Revs.
With games in hand on everyone above them, the Night Owls control their own destiny when it comes to becoming second in the Eastern Conference. But if they are to even has a shot at challenging the Revs for the lead down the road (New England currently has 18 points on them), NYCFC will have to stop dropping points when outplaying opponents.
Tonight is a true litmus test for the Night Owls: are you a legitimate contender, or are you a pretender?
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.