FT: City fails to capitalize on several chances and have to settle for a point in a scoreless draw.
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It was a world class effort from the Blues in every facet of the game, except for the most important one — scoring. City possessed the ball for over 70% of the game and collected 17 shots, while D.C. didn’t muster a single one. Several promising chances were created for NYCFC, but nobody could hit the back of the net.
I won’t blame Ronny for this one. The boys have to take some responsibility, too.
88’: City got screwed on that call! That’s not a handball according to the revised rules!
86’: When’s the last time you’ve seen the home team milking a scoreless draw with the away team pushing the issue? Not that I blame D.C. for it. But still, boring television.
Ten minutes to go. City are blowing it right now. They need to do something different in the attack.
77’: Gudi comes on for Mata
74’: Taty Castellanos comes on for Héber
69’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for Keaton Parks, while Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Jesus Medina. I would’ve preferred to see Mitrita come on instead of Gary. But we’ll see…
67’: Callens with a decent effort from really far out. But like Ian Joy said, it’s not what’s needed. City needs to exploit that back line
That wasn’t a good shot, Jesus.
61’: D.C. don’t look at all interested in trying to win this game. They’re defensive and haven’t garnered a single shot all game. NYCFC have to put the screws to ‘em .
58’: A brilliant cross from Moralez finds Héber. The Brazilian heads it back post, but Brillant is there to block it for a Seitz collection.
51’: Medina attempts to redirect a long ball into the net, but it’s again off the keeper. This is getting frustrating.
49’: Ring performs a half turn then fires the ball on target. United’s keeper is equal to the strike. Still scoreless.
The second half in D.C. has begun. Can the blues improve upon a promising first half and push across the go-ahead goal?
HT: City and DCU head into the half scoreless, which I’m sure NYCFC will be angry about.
The Blues dominated every facet of play. And they had at least thee golden opportunities to put in the opening tally. Unfortunately, shoddy finishing is the story for the team through the first 45 minutes.
45’: Almost thought City had a case for a handball there. But that’s a tough call to give.
36’: Alex Ring takes a chance from the top after another good buildup. Unfortunately, his effort is wide.
27’: AGAIN! Mata squares the ball to Medina, but the ball is hit wide. Medina argues for a corner, but it’s not given.
25’: OH NO! City should have scored there! Ring bombs a beautiful switch pass to Matarrita, who centers an even more beautiful cross to Keaton Parks. The American can’t put it in the open net. AGGGHHH!!
20’: Early on, NYCFC have looked good on the ball. The only issue right now is chance creation. City has come awfully close to several deadly balls into space. But it’s game of inches, and NYCFC still need a few in their favor.
12’: Medina is back on the field. Let’s hope he’s good.
9’: After an early period of NYC domination, we have our first major stoppage. Jesus Medina and DC’s Abu had a clash of heads and both went to ground. Medina looks worse for wear and is being attended for a possible wound. Very likely that he’ll come off.
We’re off at Audi Field! Can City continue their brilliant run and win their fourth straight game?
Rosters are out! It’s a virtually identical lineup to last week’s, minus Gary Mackay-Steven at right wing who has been replaced by Jesus Medina. Alex Ring remains on the left flank in a continuation of Ronny Deila’s ambitious experiment.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: James Sands (M)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Sebastien Ibeagha (D) – hamstring injury
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) – knee injury
D.C. United Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Paul Arriola (M) – ACL injury
- OUT: Edison Flores (M) – facial injury
- OUT: Russell Canouse (D) – hamstring injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Steven Birnbaum (D) – undisclosed injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Frédéric Brillant (D) – undisclosed injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Chris Odoi-Atsem (D) – undisclosed injury
Referees: Ted Unkel (referee); C.J. Morgante, Ryan Graves (assistant referees); Matthew Franz (4th official); Alan Kelly (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 6, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: After three straight wins, it’s hard to still view New York City FC as a team in turmoil. Despite me not totally being convinced that this club is ready to take on the big boys on the league, you can’t argue with NYCFC’s current form which has seen them leap from the Eastern Conference cellar to 6th place in a matter of three games.
Tonight, City get an opportunity to further climb the table against D.C. United on the road. Despite the Black-and-Reds occupying only 10th in East currently, if must be noted that NYCFC have struggled to dispatch of DCU on the road, winning only two of their six games in the Nation’s Capital since their inaugural 2015 campaign.
Things are made slightly easier for City as they are taking on an extremely wounded D.C. who are struggling with a plethora of injuries heading into this Sunday night matchup.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.