It’s Game Day 18: New York City FC are back at Yankee Soccer Stadium to face the New England Revolution — and try to give (stop me if you already heard this) interim head coach Nick Cushing his first win.
The painful truth is NYCFC haven't been that good since Ronny Deila left for Standard Léige. New York City are 0-3-1 under Cushing, twice giving up a lead to settle for a draw. The team have shown exceptional quality at times but looked vulnerable at others, and the fans in the stands are waiting for NYCFC to put in a clinical performance for a professional win. For their part, New England are 1-3-1 in their last five games, and are starting to find their groove after losing key players Matt Turner and Adam Buksa to teams in Europe.
The two teams have faced each other a total of 21 times in all competitions including NYCFC’s 1-0 extra time win in the US Open Cup in May, New England have the slight edge: New York City have won eight, drawn four, and lost nine. NYCFC have scored 25 goals and allowed 27.
New York City have a losing record against only five MLS clubs: A win today and that number could be knocked down to four.
Match: NYCFC play New England Revolution
Date and Time: Saturday, July 9, 1 pm ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Forecast: Sunny, breezy, warm, 79˚F/26˚C
Stream: TUDN, Twitter
Listen: The game will be broadcast in English and Spanish on NYCFC Radio
• Injury Report: Keaton Parks is out after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot. Thiago Martins (lower-body injury) and Anton Tinnerholm (lower-body injury) are both questionable. The rest of the squad is available.
• Expect Cushing to play his strongest Starting XI: He needs the win. It helps the team is on full rest, and has been training at home — this is the first time all season that NYCFC will play two consecutive games at Yankee Stadium.
• Will Taty Castellanos find the back of the net? He did it twice on Sunday, giving him a clean 50 goals for NYCFC.
• The oddsmakers overwhelmingly pick NYCFC to win — just as they did when New York City faced Atlanta on Sunday, but we’re not going o get into that. As of the publication of this article, BetMGM taps Taty Castellanos as the most likely to score, followed by Héber, Talles Magno, Thiago, Gabriel Pereira, Santiago Rodríguez, and Maxi Moralez. Bou is given the same odds to score as Alexander Callens.
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UPDATE: The Starting XI was announced at 12:17 pm ET