Preview: NY City vs. New England: prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Major League Soccer clash between New York City FC and the New England Revolution, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The 2021 Supporters Shield winners will face last season’s MLS Cup champions as the New England Revolution look to extend their undefeated streak to 11 straight domestically when they battle New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

New England set a league record for regular season points a year ago (73), but couldn’t finish the job in the playoffs, falling to The Pigeons on penalties in the Eastern Conference Semifinals as New York went on to capture title.

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At the beginning of June, no one could have imagined that the departure of the beloved manager ronny deila would send the reigning champions into such decline.

While currently fourth place in the East isn’t disastrous, players have lacked a degree of sharpness in their game since Nick Cushing took charge, winless in their last five matches in all competitions.

Their previous three games have been there for the taking, though The Pigeons haven’t been able to stop those opportunities, dropping five points in their previous three games.

They have shown tons of creativity and quality of late, scoring seven times in their previous three matches, however their backline, which recorded five consecutive clean sheets domestically before Deila’s departure, has crumbled in the darkest moments. inopportune, conceding late in two of their last three outings.

Despite a slight dip in intensity, Cushing insists he’s not worried about his current form, praising his players’ work ethic, but instead attributes disappointing results to a demanding slate of games.

In fact, they have not had more than four days off between matches since returning from the international break in June, although they have managed to pick up points in eight straight MLS home games.

New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (10) reacts with midfielders Brandon Bye (15) and Sebastian Lletget (17) after converting a penalty kick in the second half at Bank of America Stadium on March 20, 2022.©Reuters

With a win or draw on Saturday, The Revs would extend their unbeaten streak in MLS to 11 consecutive games, equaling a club record set in 2019 and 2005.

When the kind of top-tier talent we’ve seen in this organization in recent years is produced, the big European clubs will inevitably come calling, and many of those star players have been drawn to the bigger leagues in recent times.

Effective succession planning and smart spending have allowed them to replace those big names quickly, while newcomers have stepped in to fill those gaps exceptionally well so far this season.

Even though they are in a playoff position right now, bruce sand he knows his team could be in a much stronger place in the standings, losing 15 points from winning positions.

Those points could have them a comfortable cushion atop the Eastern Conference table, but instead The Revs find themselves barely clinging to last place in the playoffs, two points ahead of Charlotte FC.

Their movement and creativity on the ball make them a tough team to compete against in the open game, with some of the best playmakers in the league possessing excellent vision to spot their attacking threats, currently fourth in the league. when it comes to key passes (168).

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New York City FC S. Rodriguez (20) reacts to the crowd after scoring against Comunicaciones FC in the second half of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals at Rentschler Field on March 9, 2022©Reuters

Sean Johnson was New York’s hero in their playoff meeting with The Revs last season, stopping the former New England forward Adam Buksa from 12 meters away.

All five penalty takers that day converted their penalties for The Boys in Blue, with the winner courtesy of Alexander Callens.

in a game, Valentin Castellanos is back on track to keep his Golden Boot crown as the Argentine scored a brace in a 2-2 draw against Atlanta United last Sunday, while Large Sizes assisted on both goals to move into a tie for third in the league, two behind FC Cincinnati Luciano Acosta by First.

Thiago Martins have a lower body injury, Keaton Parks he returns to the disabled list with a calf problem, while three new faces were inserted into the lineup against Las Cinco Rayas as Castellanos, anton tinnerholm Y Santiago Rodriguez substituted tayvon gray, gabriel pereira Y heber in the starting 11.

Dylan Borrero stepped in and made an immediate impact in Greater Boston with The Revs’ attacking midfielder scoring a goal in back-to-back home games while Gustavo Bou made his 60th MLS start in that game last Sunday, scoring his fourth of the season and Carlos Gil He had another routine game for his high standard as the reigning league MVP once again led his team in chances created (three), duels won (eight) and dribbles made (four).

Sebastian Lletget made his 15th appearance of the campaign last weekend, assisting on his first goal, bye brandon returned to the lineup after missing their previous meeting with a hit and Emmanuel Boateng he replaced Borrero at halftime after the youngster suffered a minor injury.

New England has sold its share of players, but they also continue to make quick purchases, the last being Albanian. Giacomo Vrioni from Juventus, whom they signed for $10 million through 2025.

Potential New York City FC starting lineup:
Johnson; Tinnerholm, Chanot, Callens, Amundsen; Morales, Pereira; Rodriguez, Moralez, Magno; Castilians

Possible New England Revolution starting lineup:
Petrović; Goodbye, Farrell, Kessler, DeLaGarza; Maciel, Kaptoum; Lletget, Gil, Boateng; bou

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We Say: New York City FC 2-2 New England Revolution

The Revs and New York have some of the best playmakers and forwards in the league, but they each tend to suffer from discipline issues near the end of games, which has forced them to share a lot of points.

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