FC Cincinnati concludes a two-match road trip on Thursday with a visit to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC. The Orange & Blue come into the match on the heels of a 3-1 defeat to the Colorado Rapids, their third consecutive loss. Despite tying that contest 1-1 in the 72nd minute, two late goals from Colorado sunk FCC yet again. Yoann Damet’s team comes into the match in last place in the Eastern Conference after losing eight of their last nine matches.
NYCFC enters the contest in decent form — the draw specialists of MLS are in 6th place on 20 points. They have two more draws than anyone else in the league — 8 total on the season. They are undefeated in their last nine played and most recently tied the Crew at Mapfre Stadium in a game that ended with a 2-2 scoreline.
Kendall Waston, Allan Cruz, Alvas Powell, and Darren Mattocks are on Gold Cup duty and will miss the match. Fatai Alashe, Leo Bertone, and Kenny Saief are still listed as questionable, all due to hamstring injuries.
NYCFC will be without USMNT keeper Sean Johnson, Tico Mataritta, and Alexander Callens because of international call-ups.
Kickoff is at 7:00pm Eastern.
- Yankee Stadium will be a tough venue for FCC to implement its newly-adopted possession-based style under Yoann Damet. New York City FC is second overall in MLS in possession at home with an average of 57.5%. Only Atlanta United does it better.
- This is battle of two of the bottom five teams in MLS in terms of goals scored. FC Cincinnati has 12 total on the season, worst in the league and 4 fewer than any other team. NYCFC has 18 total goals which is fifth worst.
- Former Dayton Dutch Lions and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Brad Stuver should get the call between the pipes for NYCFC in the absence of Sean Johnson.
- After FC Cincinnati plays in the Bronx, they will not play another MLS match for 16 days, when the LA Galaxy come to Nippert on Saturday, June 22.
- Nick Hagglund is likely to make his 100th MLS appearance against NYCFC on Thursday.
All stats via mlssoccer.com and whoscored.com.
Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for coverage of FC Cincinnati at New York City FC on Thursday.