Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. FC Dallas
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, September 17 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: NYCFC 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Dallas 3/1
New York City FC are sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference, two points off top spot and five points behind in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Patrick Vieira’s side have been in excellent form at home, winning their last five. But, as the case with so many clubs in MLS, their away form is letting them down.
NYCFC come into this one having lost 3-1 away against New England. They need to bounce back here but face a very strong Dallas side.
FC Dallas are top of the Western Conference and lead the way for the Supporters’ Shield. The result of this tie could have a huge impact on their chances of winning the silverware.
The away side won the US Open Cup in midweek, a huge boost which will give them the confidence to push on and finish the regular season in style.
Despite winning the cup, Dallas come into this one with off the back off a mixed bag of results in their last five regular season games. They lost to Colorado last weekend, so it is essential they do everything to avoid back-to-back defeats here.
Oscar Pareja needs to get his side in a focused but in relaxed frame of mind for their remaining five games, they have some tricky outings ahead and are relying on other results going their way to avoid being caught by Colorado.
Dallas beat NYCFC in their inaugural season in the only meeting between the sides. This is their first visit to Yankee Stadium and they know their facing a New York side who are capable of beating anyone on their own patch.
New York City FC are in good shape heading into this tie. They are expecting to be without two as Connor Brandt and Shannon Gomez are both out through injury.
Zach Loyd remains the only injury concern for FC Dallas.
New York City FC’s last five: D/W/L/W/L
FC Dallas’ last five: D/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: New York City have won their last five home MLS matches, scoring 14 goals along the way.
Key Player: Frank Lampard – The midfield goal-machine has been in incredible form of late, he has netted 12 goals in 17 appearance this season and has played a huge role in how NYCFC’s regular season has progressed.
New York City 2-1 FC Dallas – New York City FC to continue their home run and put more pressure on a Dallas side who will be desperate to avoid defeat. Dallas know their chances of winning the Supporters’ Shield could be in a ‘make or break’ couple of weeks here as they prepare for two consecutive away games.