FT: NYCFC draw with FC Dallas, 3-3.
I couldn’t even begin to explain this shit. The Boys in Blue were by far the better team all night, scoring three goals in straight style. But somehow, they also coughed up three goals all against the run of play.
Tonight should’ve been a huge bounce-back win and Héber’s triumphant return. Instead, it’s a lukewarm fart in a trashy hotel room.
90’+2: For the third straight time, NYCFC will be shorthanded. Thiago is sent off after Joe Dickerson consults VAR on his challenge. This team is shambolic.
87’: Zelalem has been good so far. Hoping someone can make a difference soon.
81’: Héber is coming on!!!! He and Gedeon Zelalem come on for Talles Magno and Cacha Acevedo!
73’: HOW!? HOW ARE WE TIED AGAIN!?
I’ll tell you how — a Cacha turnover. C’mon! This is trash!
68’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! Talles grabs his first for NYCFC!
Gudi delivers the goods again. Talles sits at the back post and directs it into the back of the net. YES!!!! 3-2, Night Owls!
63’: Another defensive collapse leads to a Dallas equalizer.
Legit have no idea what happened. But the ball is in the back of the net and we’re level at 2-2. I... don’t understand.
57’: GOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! The Night Owls get their lead!
Gudi Thorarinsson centers a ball beautifully for Maxi. The Argentinian puts a shot on frame that is saved, but Medina is right there for the poacher’s finish. Brilliant run of play!
The second half is underway! NYCFC was the better team for most of the first half. Can they build that and find a winner?
Also, can we get a Héber cameo? Pretty please?
HT: NYCFC and Dallas are knotted 1-1 at the half.
The Night Owls have been brilliant for most of the first half. Unfortunately, one mistake — a failed clearance from Anton Tinnerholm — has gotten the Toros on the board. Unfortunate. But overall, it’s hard to be upset with the way the Boys in Blue played.
35’: Talles Magno can’t get enough on it! Tajouri-Shradi delivers a beautiful cross but the Brazilian can’t settle under it.
32’: Great buildup. But ITS shanks it.
28’: NYCFC got away with one there. Fortunately, Dallas’ shot was too high.
20’: GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! City grabs a much deserved equalizer!
After gathering his touch from a cross, Jesus Medina makes a sublime backheel pass into the path of Maxi Moralez. The Little Genius hits it hard and low, too much to handle for Dallas’ keeper, and it trickles in. We’re tied 1-1!
17’: NYCFC are attacking brilliantly! The only thing lacking is the finish.
14’: Gudi Thorarinsson does well to penetrate the back line. Maxi takes the subsequent shot and misses wide.
12’: Keaton Parks takes a pop from distance. The ball sails over harmlessly.
4’: And just like that, NYCFC are already down 1-0. City pay after a failed clearance from Anton Tinnerholm. Yikes.
We’re off in... New Jersey. At least Héber is on the bench.
Rosters are out! Nothing else matters but this: welcome back, Héber!!!
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: Taty Castellanos, Alfredo Morales
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, James Sands
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Santi Rodriguez (lower body injury)
- QUESTIONABLE: Héber (knee)
FC Dallas Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Matt Hedges, Jader Obrian
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Joseph Dickerson (referee); Claudiu Badea, Gjovalin Bori (assistant referees); Ismail Elfath (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 14, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Online streaming: YES App (live stream), ESPN+ (out of market)
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: NYCFC have lost two straight games, eliminating their games-in-hand advantage and firmly placing them at 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Night Owls’ misfortunes in that span can be contributed to the recent international “break” and key players being suspended. Regardless, it’s a poor run of form that could prove costly later on when it comes to competing for premium playoff position.
FC Dallas, however, haven’t been great this season. Despite possessing tons of young talent in their squad, the Toros have struggled for results in 2021 and currently sit 11th in the Western Conference. Even if they are without Taty Castellanos, Santi Rodriguez, and their usual home field, it’d be a stretch to say that Dallas are expected to win this one.
But with said absences, NYCFC must be willing to adjust to ensure victory in New Jersey tonight.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.