Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. DC United
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Thursday, August 13 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)
Match Odds: NYCFC 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – DC United 21/10
Time is running out for NYCFC to turn their season around as they need to start winning regularly to have a chance of making the playoffs in their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.
A 2-0 loss to their fierce rivals, the Red Bulls on Sunday night saw them lose a second straight game and they have only registered one win in their last five, despite the arrivals of Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard.
David Villa has been carrying the team all season but even his 13 goals don’t look enough to save Jason Kreis’ team from missing out on the postseason as defensive horror shows are becoming all too familiar.
A clash with a DC United side still sitting at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings won’t make things any easier for the expansion franchise as their opponents this week are in ruthless form.
DC have won their last three on the bounce, scoring ten times in those games and look to be back at their best after a nervy stretch in July.
Ben Olsen’s men come into the game off the back of a 1-0 win at Montreal on Saturday evening and will look to win a fourth straight league game for the first time this season on Thursday.
This will be the first ever MLS meeting between the Eastern Conference rivals and it should be a competitive battle. NYCFC need to edge nearer the playoffs, while DC need to remain in top spot. Expect this one to be good.
New York City will still be without George John, Tony Taylor, Connor Brandt and Chris Wingert, while Khiry Shelton, Ned Grabavoy and Ryan Meara are all doubtful to play. Lampard, Villa and Pirlo started together for the first time on Sunday and should do so again here.
DC United have three injury concerns as Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola are still ruled out, while Michael Farfan is a doubt.
New York City’s last five: D/L/W/L/L
DC United’s last five: L/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: NYCFC have conceded at least three goals in each of their last four home games in MLS.
Key Player: Chris Rolfe – The DC United attacker scored his ninth of the season on Saturday and leads the team in goals. He has three in his last two and looks to be in fine form.
New York City FC 2-3 DC United – Expecting a dramatic encounter in New York for this Thursday night clash. NYCFC need to attack from the outset to try and win the game but DC are in free-scoring form of late and should be too strong.