NYCFC continue to be the hottest team in MLS: Undefeated in their last seven league games, New York City have taken 19 out of a possible 21 points and scored 18 goals while allowing just five. Most impressive, NYCFC have logged five clean sheets in a row: New York City last allowed a goal on April 24.
Minnesota United are running hot and cold. A heavily rotated squad was upset at home by third-tier Union Omaha in the US Open Cup on Wednesday, but a solid lineup beat an in-form FC Dallas last Sunday in Frisco, TX: It was the first home defeat for Dallas this season.
The two teams have met only three times since Minnesota joined MLS in 2017: NYCFC and United have each won once, drawn once, and lost once. New York City have a slight edge on goals, with seven scored and six allowed. They last played each other on April 13, 2019, for the inaugural match at Allianz Field, and drew 3-3 —that was the match when Sean Johnson misplayed a back-pass and scored on himself.
Match: NYCFC play Minnesota United
Date and Time: Sunday, May 28, 8 pm ET
Venue: Allianz Field
Forecast: Unseasonably warm, 84˚F/29˚C
Stream: YES App
Listen: The game will be broadcast in both English and Spanish on NYCFC Radio
• Injury Report: Forward Gabriel Pereira is out with a hamstring injury, and Defender Anton Tinnerholm is out with the Achilles injury he suffered last October. Everybody else is available.
• In Wednesday’s US Open Cup match against New England Revolution, NYCFC played a mix of Senior Team backups and NYCFC II — then brought in Senior Team starters to win the game. In fact, NYCFC had three midweek games in a row: This is their seventh game in 22 days. Still, expect to see a best-Starting XI take the field today despite the short rest. This is the last match before a three-week international break that will allow the players to fully recover from that congested run of games.
• NYCFC have just one road win this season, a 0-2 win over DC United that’s a part of their current unbeaten streak. Minnesota are 3-2-2 at home — Allianz Filed isn't exactly a fortress: They salvaged a 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy in the 87th minute on May 18, and were shut out 0-1 by Cincinnati FC on May 7.
• Still, this is arguably NYCFC’s toughest game since facing Toronto FC in Canada. Minnesota’s attacking midfielder Robin Lod is a Finnish international with six goals on the season, and New York City will need to neutralize him and playmaker Emanuel Reynoso if they’re to add to their run of clean sheets.
• Minnesota will be without midfielder Hassani Dotson and defender Romain Metanire because of injuries, and center back Michael Boxall and midfielder Kervin Arriaga because of yellow card accumulation. This is good news for the NYCFC attack: Boxall and Arriaga are the defensive spine of the Loons. Minnesota have given up 14 goals this season, good for second-best in the Western Conference, but New York City have to like their chances against today’s depleted defense.
• The oddsmakers give NYCFC a slight edge to win. As of the publication of this article, Taty Castellanos is tapped as the most likely to score, followed by Héber, United’s Lod, Thiago, then United’s Luis Amarilla, Santiago Rodríguez, and Talles Magno.
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Update: The starting lineup was announced at 7:17 pm ET