Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: NYCFC 8/5 – Draw 3/1 – Columbus 9/2
Patrick Vieira’s side will want to win to ensure their regular season efforts get the rewards they deserve, three points will confirm their hold on second place in the East and a bye in the playoffs.
Barring a 13-goal swing NYCFC cannot finish top of the East. They will just be looking to finish the regular season on a high.
New York City come into this one having practically blown their chances of finishing top with a 3-1 defeat away to DC.
Columbus Crew have nothing to really play for in this tie. The highest they can finish in the Eastern Conference is 7th providing results go their way, so the pressure is off.
Crew will be hoping to finish the season on a high and spoil the NYCFC party. They will have the backing of both Toronto and RBNY, who will be hoping for Crew to win for their benefit.
Gregg Berhalter’s side come into this one having lost 3-2 to RBNY. It was a disappointing result but they showed great effort to make a game of it, as they had been 3-0 down.
NYCFC could be without four for this tie as Connor Brandt, Shannon Gomez and Frank Lampard are all set to miss out, while Ronald Matarrita is doubtful.
Columbus Crew’s injury woes continue, as Matt Pacifici, Ben Swanson, Tyson Wahl, Waylon Francis are expected to be out, while Federico Higuain, Cedrick Mabwati, Gaston Sauro and Ola Kamara are all questionable.
NYCFC’s last five: L/D/W/W/L
Columbus Crew last five: W/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: New York City have won six of their last seven home games and scored at least two in eight of their last nine at Yankee Stadium.
Key Player: David Villa – The NYCFC goal machine has netted an impressive 22 in the regular season, he will be itching to beat BWP to the golden boot on the final day. He trials his rival forward by one heading into the game.
New York City FC 3-1 Columbus Crew – NYCFC to bounce back from their defeat, secure second place and finish the regular season on a high. Columbus Crew will make a good game of it, but with little to play for they will struggle to deal with the intensity Vieira’s side will come at them with.