MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs FC Dallas

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

Match Preview

It’s a huge clash at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings this weekend as New York City FC welcome FC Dallas to Yankee Stadium on Saturday evening.

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.

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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.

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Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Thursday, June 2 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – RSL 9/4

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome Real Salt Lake to Yankee Stadium on Thursday night in what is an intriguing matchup between two sides that sit fourth in either conference heading into the game.

New York City have been fairly good this season – a point proven by the fact they are only two points off the top of the East – but Patrick Vieira will be concerned with his side’s form over the last two weeks.

City have only picked up two points from their last three games, with that heavy 7-0 defeat at the hands of the Red Bulls sandwiched between draws with Toronto and Orlando.

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A win on Thursday would keep NYCFC right in contention at the top of the East heading into the two-week international break, although that is no foregone conclusion given their struggles at home so far.

Real Salt Lake are preparing for their fifth-straight away game in MLS and will be desperate to get this one out of the way so they can enjoy the international break.

That’s because RSL have lost four of their last six, with last weekend’s 4-3 defeat at Columbus particularly hard for Jeff Cassar and his side to take.

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Real Salt Lake have now scored three goals in each of their last two games. They have never scored three goals in three consecutive MLS matches but have the chance to set that record here.

They sit fourth in the West but are eight points behind Colorado at the top of the table and are looking over their shoulder after a worrying run of form.

Team News

New York City FC have two injury injury concerns heading into Thursday’s game as Connor Brandt and Federico Bravo are both ruled out. Ronald Matarrita is away with the Costa Rican side ahead of the Copa America and will not be available for selection here.

Real Salt Lake are fortunate in the sense that they have no injury concerns at this stage of the season. However, Kyle Beckerman will not be available as he is away with the US Men’s National Team.

Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/W/D/L/D

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: New York City have only won one of their last nine home games in MLS. Although their only home win so far this term did come in their only home clash against a Western Conference outfit (3-2 vs. Vancouver).

Key Player: David Villa – New York City FC’s best chance of winning is if Villa is on song. The Spaniard has scored nine goals this season and will look to fire his team to three points here against an RSL side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet in six.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-1 Real Salt Lake – Midweek MLS games have hardly provided flurries of goals this season and both sides will likely enter Thursday’s game with caution. Avoiding defeat will be the priority and that could lead to a cagey game. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either, and that’s the way this looks set to end, with neither club in good form.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, May 29 – 16:30 ET (21:30 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 1/1 – Draw 13/5 – Orlando 13/5

Match Preview

New York City FC host Orlando City SC on Sunday night as Major League Soccer’s two newest franchises go head-to-head for the fifth time since entering the league last year.

Both clubs come into this one in low spirits and know that Sunday’s clash is a big one for both sets of fans. A rivalry between the clubs has existed since they entered MLS together in 2015 and so there is lots at stake here.

NYCFC come into this one off the back of last week’s 7-0 thumping at the hands of arch rivals New York Red Bulls. That heavy defeat ended a five-game unbeaten run and Patrick Vieira’s squad will now have their mental strength tested to see if they can bounce back immediately.

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City still sit second coming into the weekend, two points off Philadelphia at the top of the East. A win here would certainly do them the world of good, as they look to try and recover from last weekend’s humiliation.

Orlando have already taken three points from Yankee Stadium this season and will be looking to do the same here, despite a poor run of form.

The Lions come into the game outside the playoff places by one point and need to start winning more regularly if they are to remain competitive through the course of the season.

Adrian Heath has watched his side win just one of their last eight – a run that has seen them slide down the table after a solid start to the campaign.

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They have only won once on the road this term but that did come at New York City so they will be confident of leaving with another positive result here.

This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides. Orlando currently hold a 2-1-1 advantage over NYCFC (1-2-1), with the Lions looking for a third consecutive win against their Eastern rivals.

Team News

New York City will be without Mikey Lopez as he will serve a one-game ban as a result of yellow card accumulation. Frank Lampard made his first appearance of the season last weekend and will be looking to start now. Connor Brandt is the only player ruled out through injury.

Orlando travel to Yankee Stadium without four players. Pedro Ribeiro, Darwin Ceren, Seb Hines and Rafael Ramos are all sidelined and so Adrian Heath will have to rely on the depth of his squad to shine through.

Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/W/W/D/L

Orlando City’s last five: D/D/L/W/D

Key Stat: Yankee troubles – New York City FC have only picked up seven points from seven home games so far this season, compared to ten points from six games on the road.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Orlando striker has scored six goals against New York City FC since the start of 2015 – more than against any other MLS side.

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Score Prediction

New York City 2-2 Orlando City – Goals look certain here as both sides will go for this game from the off. NYCFC need to show resilience to bounce back from last week and should be able to at least find the net this week against an Orlando side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet in nine. However, they don’t look to be in a position to go and win this game and the Lions will arrive in relatively good spirits. They drew 2-2 with Philadelphia last week and the same scoreline could be on the cards here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls 

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, May 21 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – NY Red Bulls 7/4

Match Preview

New York City FC host the New York Red Bulls in this season’s first New York Derby as part of MLS Rivalry Week on Saturday night.

Both sides were in action on Wednesday night and will hope fatigue doesn’t affect them here in what is a huge game for the city.

NYCFC have turned their season around in recent weeks and are in sublime form. Their 1-1 draw at Toronto on Wednesday saw them move to the top of the Eastern Conference and they are now unbeaten in five.

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New York City have only lost one of their six home games this term, but have only managed to win one too. Saturday’s game will be the first of four consecutive home games for the club in what is now an exciting period.

The Red Bulls aren’t quite in the same rich vein of form, but they have only lost one of their last five and have climbed up to fifth in the East ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Jesse Marsch watched his side win all three New York Derbies last season and getting three points here would be a major boost for the 2015 Supporters’ Shield winners.

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The problem is that New York haven’t performed well on the road at all this term. They have lost five of six games away from Red Bull Arena, drawing the only other one, and have only scored twice in those six outings.

As mentioned above, the Red Bulls emerged victorious in all three New York Derby clashes last season – the first year in MLS that the New York Derby was played – and so NYCFC would love to get a first-ever win over the Red Bulls on home soil here.

Team News

New York City FC will be without Connor Brandt yet again, while Frank Lampard’s long spell on the sidelines is also set to continue. Patrick Vieira made a number of changes for the midweek game at Toronto but the likes of Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Andoni Iraola and RJ Allen could all come back into the starting lineup for this huge clash.

New York Red Bulls remain without Damien Perrinelle, while Ryan Meara is still listed as ‘doubtful’. Gonzalo Veron might come into the starting lineup here but Jesse Marsch is unlikely to make many changes from the side that beat Chicago on Wednesday.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/W/W/W/D

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/W/D/L/W

Key Stat: New York City FC are on their longest unbeaten streak since joining MLS last year. Avoiding defeat here would stretch their run to six and would keep them in contention at the summit of the Eastern Conference.

Key Player: David Villa – The Spanish striker started Wednesday’s game in Toronto on the bench but should be even sharper here as a result. He has eight goals this season and has scored four in five at Yankee Stadium. Expect him to be in fine form on Saturday evening.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 New York Red Bulls – The Red Bulls have really struggled to produce results on the road this year and facing the conference’s most in-form team in an enormous rivalry game will really test the squad. NYCFC look in great shape and should retain their place at the top of the East with three huge points on Saturday.

 

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Yankees Stadium – Saturday, April 30 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC 11/8 – Draw  23/10 – Vancouver Whitecaps 2/1

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Both sides are looking to push for a playoff berth this season but have not been as good as they would have both hopes so far and so this could play out to be a great matchup.

NYCFC have struggled so far this season with their only win coming on the opening day against Chicago Fire. Patrick Vieira will need to pick this team up soon as they are falling off the pace with every passing week.

The form and fitness of their Designated Players will be key to sealing any potential playoff spot and getting Frank Lampard and David Villa into top form will be paramount. Frank Lampard will have to regain fitness first though as he is still yet to play in 2016.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact

Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Montreal will have left New York City frustrated once again as they conceded in the dying embers of the game but an immediate response is now needed.

Vancouver Whitecaps are not the same side that we saw at the start of the 2015 season as they are struggling to maintain form thus far.

One win in five has seen the Whitecaps drop out of the playoff spots in the Western Conference. However, the 3-0 win against FC Dallas last weekend – in which David Ousted produced one of the goalkeeping displays of the season – followed by the midweek draw with Sporting Kansas City has seen them regain a bit of confidence.

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If the Whitecaps are to replicate their form from 2015, these are the sort of games on paper they should be winning and Karl Robinson will be expecting nothing less on Saturday night.

These two sides have only met once before, with NYCFC winning 2-1 at BC Place in September thanks to goals from Villa and Lampard, with the Spaniard’s 94th minute penalty sealing all three points.

Team News

New York City FC will be without Connor Brandt through injury. Jack Harrison (hip), Frank Lampard (calf) and Ethan White (hamstring) are all doubtful.

Vancouver Whitecaps will not be able to call upon Christian Dean (foot) or Deybi Flores (adductor strain), who are both out with injuries. Pedro Morales is struggling with a hip strain and may not feature.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/D/L/L/D

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: NYCFC are attempting to go unbeaten for four consecutive matches at home for the first time in their short MLS history, although they have yet to win at Yankee Stadium this year.

Key Player: David Villa – Having scored two braces already this season, the World Cup winner has shown signs of his immense value to this squad but he needs to produce more regularly. NYCFC will look to him for inspiration once more on Saturday and he will need to deliver.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps – New York City FC have struggled so far this season and Vancouver have too, but having not won since the opening day leaves NYCFC lacking confidence and we expect Vancouver to capitalise with an away victory on Saturday.

Gallery: Exclusive photos from NYCFC’s draw with Montreal at Yankee Stadium

New York City FC continued their hunt for a first win since opening weekend as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.

NYCFC ended a two-game losing stint with the draw but they are now winless through seven matches – something Patrick Vieira will undoubtedly be concerned about.

RJ Allen put the home side in front shortly after halftime, but a late Dominic Oduro equaliser saw the points shared, moving Montreal to the top of the Eastern Conference.

New York City moved up to eighth place but will be looking to climb higher than that as the season progresses.

Check out exclusive photos from Wednesday’s match below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive images from Orlando’s win over NYCFC on Friday

Orlando City picked up their first win of the 2016 MLS season by earning a narrow 1-0 victory against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

Cyle Larin’s early header settled the game but NYCFC will feel hard done by not to have found the net. Patrick Vieira’s side dominated possession (66%) and created numerous chances (10), but could not find the back of the net.

The defeat is New York City’s first of the season, while Orlando remain unbeaten and moved ahead of their opponents into second place in the Eastern Conference.

Check out exclusive photos from the match below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs DC United

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

Match Preview

New York City FC and DC United get Week 24 underway when they meet at Yankee Stadium on Thursday evening, with lots at stake for both teams as we approach the final ten weeks of the regular season.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, July 26 – 14:30 ET (19:30 BST – Live on Sky Sports 5)

Match Odds: NYCFC 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Orlando City 23/10

Match Preview

New York City FC host Orlando City at Yankee Stadium in one of Week 21’s standout fixtures on Sunday afternoon in what should be a great spectacle.

The two MLS Expansion Franchises met back in March on opening weekend in what was the first ever MLS game for both clubs. Kaka’s late deflected free-kick cancelled out a Mix Diskerud strike to earn a point at the Citrus Bowl in what was an entertaining game and a similar match is expected in this one.

Neither side come into the game in good form though, with just three league wins in their last ten combined games between them, so if either is able to take three points from Sunday’s clash they will be delighted.

NYCFC could be boosted by the debuts of Designated Players Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, though Jason Kreis has not yet confirmed whether the two midfield legends will definitely feature against the Lions.

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Their debuts can’t come soon enough for New York City fans as they look to climb into the playoff places with just three months to go. They are currently three points off Orlando in the last remaining playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and could end the weekend in sixth as a result.

Kreis will be expecting his side to respond from last week’s 1-0 loss at New England but will hope they can perform better defensively than in their last home game as Toronto put four past them in that crazy 4-4 draw.

Orlando come into the game off the back of two straight 2-0 defeats at home. New York Red Bulls followed FC Dallas in beating the Lions last weekend and Adrian Heath will be looking for a response against their expansion rivals here.

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They’ve only won one of their last six away from home, however, and need to make sure they perform much better if they’re to take anything from Sunday’s encounter.

Team News

New York City’s main team news regards Lampard and Pirlo, though it’s not clear whether both will feature on Sunday. Lampard has missed the last two weeks with a calf strain but could play here, while Pirlo trained for the first time with NYCFC on Thursday and will be in contention to start. Jason Hernandez and Ned Grabavoy are both suspended, while George John and Tony Taylor are out. Connor Brandt, Javier Calle and Sebastian Velasquez are all doubtful. Mix Diskerud is still away at the Gold Cup and won’t feature.

Orlando have several concerns too. Christian Higuita is ruled out through suspension, while Kevin Molino, Martin Paterson, Tony Cascio, Brek Shea and Harrison Heath are all out injured. Kaka is fit and will hope to inspire his team to victory.

Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/L/W/D/L

Orlando City’s last five: L/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: NYCFC have the worst home record in MLS, having picked up just ten points from a possible 30 at Yankee Stadium.

Key Player: David Villa – Two new DPs may be grabbing all the attention in New York right now, but it’s David Villa who has carried the team so far. He has ten goals and will look to lead his side to victory here.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-2 Orlando City – Tough to separate the sides as another score draw could be on the cards. Neither side are at full strength but there should be goals in what will be an open and entertaining game. If Lampard and Pirlo make their debuts, NYCFC will be difficult to beat but that’s a big ‘if’.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Friday, May 15th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Saturday, May 16th)

Match Odds: New York City FC 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chicago Fire 2/1

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome Chicago Fire to the Yankee Stadium on Friday night in an all Eastern Conference MLS clash.

New York City’s tough start to life in MLS showed no signs of letting up at the Red Bull Arena on Monday as they lost 2-1 to the Red Bulls in the first ever New York derby.

That defeat was their fourth consecutive loss and they are now without a win in eight (D2, L6) – they’ve won just once from their opening ten games.

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Jason Kreis has seen his side score just seven times this season which is one of the main reasons that NYC find themselves 8th in the Eastern Conference and beginning to lose pace in the race for the playoffs already – only Montreal Impact have scored fewer goals (3), although they have only played five games compared to NYC’s 10.

Chicago Fire arrive in New York after a run of three straight wins has been halted by a defeat to Sporting Kansas City followed by a 2-1 loss at home to Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Fire have nine points from their first eight games and are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference but have lost all of their games on the road so far this season.

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Frank Yallop will be telling his players that this is one of the few away games this season that he will demand a positive result given the poor form of their opponents, and Chicago will hope to capitalise on New York City’s lack of confidence.

The two sides met just three weeks ago in a game that saw Chicago Fire run out as 1-0 winners at Toyota Park thanks to a goal from David Accam.

Team News

New York City will be without long term absentees George John and Tony Taylor, while Javier Calle and Adam Nemec are both doubts after missing the New York derby on Monday because of injury.

Chicago Fire’s Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko both remain out, while Matt Watson has concussion so could miss the game.

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Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/L/L/L

Chicago Fire’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: These two sides are the lowest scoring teams in MLS, other than Montreal Impact, with just seven goals each.

Key Player: Harry Shipp – The Chicago midfielder has been one of their most impressive players so far this season with one goal and three assists to his name. He will be hoping to shine once again.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-1 Chicago Fire – This has all the makings of a very tight and tense game. With both sides struggling for goals this season, combining the fact that Chicago have lost all their away games and New York City aren’t picking up many points, this will probably end all square.