Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, May 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: New York City 13/10 – Draw 11/5 – Houston 11/5
NYCFC have not enjoyed their start to life in Major League Soccer and saw their winless run extended to ten games last weekend as Jason Kreis lost 2-0 in his return to Real Salt Lake.
The expansion franchise have struggled to produce anything in attack and have the worst offensive record in MLS after 12 weeks, netting just nine times so far.Embed from Getty Images
New York City have picked up just two points from a possible 27 in their last nine and will hope that they can win for just the second time against the Dynamo this week.
Owen Coyle’s side come into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to LA Galaxy last weekend but had won two on the bounce prior to that.
They have not lost away at Eastern Conference opposition so far this term and will be confident they can pick up a vital win as three points could see them move as high as fifth in the Western Conference, depending on other results this week.Embed from Getty Images
This will be the only meeting between the two teams this year and should be a really tight contest as neither will want to suffer another defeat.
George John, Tony Taylor and Josh Williams all remain out for NYCFC, while Ned Grabavoy and Javier Calle remain doubts. Kwame Watson-Siriboe is one booking away from suspension and will need to be careful. David Villa is fit and will look to cause Houston’s defence problems.
For Houston, Owen Coyle has a clean bill of health for the trip to New York as no players are out with injury troubles. Kofi Sarkodie is one booking away from suspension and needs to stay disciplined. Giles Barnes and Will Bruin are expected to start in attack one again.
New York City FC’s last five: L/L/L/D/L
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: New York City have conceded nine goals in their last four and have the second-worst defensive record in MLS so far this season.
Key Player: Mix Diskerud – The USMNT midfielder has struggled to shine as of yet but will look to win the midfield battle and the game for New York City this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
New York City FC 1-2 Houston Dynamo – Can see goals in this one as both defences are vulnerable. The Dynamo have looked good in recent weeks and may add to the expansion franchises’ misery with an away win this weekend. Jason Kreis can’t buy a win at the moment and the wait for a second victory looks set to go on.