For the second year in a row, the Revolution won’t play past October. That’s not the case for NYCFC, who currently occupy the second spot on the Eastern Conference table. The Revs want to give the Gillette Stadium crowd one last win. And NYCFC wants to distance itself from third-place Atlanta United.
Here’s what to expect from the match:
New England: L-L-W-L-D
Chances to Win
Sunday’s match serves as something of a toss up, according to the experts at FiveThirtyEight. The Revs have a 37 percent chance of winning, compared to NYCFC’s 38 percent chance. The two teams have a 25 percent chance of playing to a draw.
Stat that Matters Most
That’s NYCFC’s record away from Yankee Stadium. Only one other team in MLS—Toronto FC—has a .500 record or better.
Lee Nguyen, one of two MVP candidates nominated by the Revolution, has brought consistency to an otherwise inconsistent attack this season. His 11 goals rank second on the team behind Kei Kamara; his 15 assists rank third in MLS. Antonio Delamea, the Revs’ second MVP candidate, has also brought consistency to his unit. The Slovenian center back has logged 68 interceptions, seventh most in MLS.
David Villa has unsurprisingly lead the way for NYCFC this season, as the Spanish international has reached 20 goals for the second time in his MLS career. Only Chicago’s Nemanja Nikolic has scored more (21). And though Villa leads NYCFC with nine assists, Argentine midfielder Maxi Moralez leads the team with 72 chances created.
How to Watch
Kick-off time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
TV Broadcast: NBCSB (New England); YES (New York City)
Streaming: MLS Live
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England), WFAN online (New York City)
The Revolution injury report has finally thinned out, with Kelyn Rowe (questionable, knee sprain) serving as the only mention. NYCFC will play without midfielder Miguel Camargo (hip) and defender Maxime Chanot (hernia surgery).
New England: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell, Claude Dielna, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua; Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Xavier Kouassi, Diego Fagundez; Krisztian Nemeth, Kei Kamara
New York City: Sean Johnson; Andraz Struna, Frederic Brillant, Alexander Callens, Ben Sweat; Yangel Herrera, Alexander Ring, Thomas McNamara; Jack Harrison, David Villa, Maxi Moralez