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Game Day Hub: NYCFC host San Jose in the Bronx

How to watch New York City play San Jose. Plus: Game preview, injury report, game thread.

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Photograph by Katie Cahalin, courtesy NYCFC.com

Today is Matchday 8, and New York City FC will take on San Jose Earthquakes at Yankee Stadium at 1 pm ET.

NYCFC are coming off a roller-coaster of a win over Toronto FC at Citi Field last Sunday: Down 0-2, New York City roared back to a 5-2 lead, then escaped with a 5-4 victory after two late Toronto goals. That game had all the feels.

New York City and San Jose last met in 2019 at Yankee Stadium in a high-energy game that NYCFC won 2-1, helping the Pigeons finish the year in first place in the Eastern Conference. That took place less than three years ago, but it seems like another era: Chris Wondolowski scored for San Jose, and Alexandru Mitriță knocked in the game-winner for NYCFFC.

The two teams have met only five times: NYCFC have dominated with four wins, one draw, and zero losses. New York City have scored nine goals and allowed five.

NYCFC have three wins and one loss at home this season; San Jose have zero wins and three losses on the road.

Match: NYCFC host San Jose Earthquakes

Date and Time: Sunday, May 1, 1 pm ET

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Forecast: Partially Cloudy, 61˚F/16˚C

Watch: ESPN+

Stream: YES app

Listen: The game will be broadcast in both English and Spanish on NYCFC Radio

• Injury report: At last, some good news — Maxi Moralez and Thiago Martins trained with the First Team this week, and manager Ronny Deila said they should be cleared to play on Sunday. Maxime Chanot is still questionable after suffering an eye injury suffered while on international duty with the Luxembourg national team, as is Héber after receiving a cut in Sunday’s game against Toronto. Defender Anton Tinnerholm is out with the Achilles injury he suffered last October.

• Alfredo Morales is suspended after earning two yellow cards in the Toronto game: The first was given in the 80th minute, the second in the 89th minute.

• NYCFC have 11 goals from their last two games, with five players getting on the scoreboard: Taty Castellanos (5), Thiago (3), Santiago Rodríguez, Keaton Parks, and Gabriel Pereira. New York City’s attack is the most lethal in MLS right now, and could break the league record for most goals scored in three games—Los Angeles Galaxy scored 15 over three games in 1998.

• San Jose will be without starting center-back Nathan, who was suspended by MLS after a review of a dangerous play in the win over Seattle Sounders last week.

• Speaking of that win, it was easily San Jose’s finest moment this year. Their only victory of the season came at the expense of a Seattle fielding their best starting XI—San Jose came from two goals down to draw even at 3-3, then won it with a stoppage-time penalty kick.

• Cristian Espinoza was involved in every goal against Seattle: Not only did he score a hat track, he logged an assist. NYCFC’s defense will need to neutralize San Jose winger on Sunday.

• The rest of San Jose’s season hasn’t been so hot. A big-market team with a small-market mentality, San Jose sit in 13th place in the Western Conference with six points after eight games, just above Vancouver Whitecaps.

• Still, San Jose is experiencing something of a Caretaker Manager Bounce: The Quakes parted ways with madman Matias Almeyda, appointing Alex Covelo of Earthquakes II as interim head coach.

• The referee will be Guido Gonzales Jr, assisted by Matthew Nelson and Brooke Mayo. The fourth official will be Elijio Arreguin, the VAR referee will be Jair Marrufo, and the assistant VAR referee will be Claudiu Badea.

The oddsmakers overwhelming pick NYCFC to win. As of the publication of this article, Castellanos is tapped as the most likely to score, followed by Héber, Thiago, Talles Magno, and Rodríguez.

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Update: The starting lineup was announced at 12:13 pm ET