New York City FC have been improving in their style of play, but have not quite gotten the result they have wanted yet. As the team prepares to head on the road to take on the Chicago Fire on Friday for Major League Soccer action.
In a match that is set to start at 8:00 pm, while also broadcasted nationally on Univision Deportes Network and live streamed on their website and app. NYCFC is expected to wear their black kits, and also have some positive results.
While New York City FC (1-3-3; 6 points) is coming off two matches during Week 7, Chicago (2-3-0; 6 points) hasn’t played in 20 days.
It will be an interesting match as Chicago had a clean sheet and victory over Philadelphia (March 29), and also a come-from-behind victory against Toronto FC (April 4).
New York City FC maybe still without Captain David Villa who suffered a hamstring injury in the club’s 1-1 Draw versus Philadelphia on April 16.
Mix Diskerud also had an injury, while Tony Taylor suffered a season-ending ACL Tear on Sunday against the Portland Timbers.
Khiry Shelton has been impressing for NYCFC as of late and should have a start on Friday, Patrick Mullins who scored in the team’s 2-0 victory over New England may also get the call to start.
Friday’s match in Chicago will be a homecoming for a pair of NYCFC members, as Midfielder Ned Grabavoy and Assistant Coach CJ Brown will have the opportunity to see some familiar faces once again.
Grabavoy grew up in Joliet, Ill., located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago, and is a product of the Chicago Fire PDL program. The 2000 Gatorade and NSCAA/adidas National High School Player of the Year led Lincoln-Way Central High School to two-straight Illinois state championship games.
As for Brown he was able to win the MLS Cup (1998), four U.S. Open Cups (‘98, 2000, ‘03, ‘06) and the Supporters’ Shield (‘03) during his 13-year career with the Fire. He was inducted into the club’s Ring of Fire in 2012.
Chicago has had five goals in five matches this season have been scored by five different players. Captain Jeff Larentowicz accounted for the match-winner vs. Toronto FC, depositing his free kick from distance for his ninth goal for the club and the 32nd of his 11-year MLS career.
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