New York City FC – New England Revolution: NYCFC Ultimately Took Advantage Of An Early New England Revolution Red Card (2-1)
This game looked promising in the first few minutes with both teams pressing high, but also able to play out from under pressure to create chances. However, the game was influenced in a big way when New England was reduced to ten men after a failed last man tackle early on. New York City took a lot of time and needed different formations, but eventually converted a late penalty to take all three points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Most leagues are taking a pause during the international break, but MLS closes in on the last match days with playoff places up for grabs. As the best team in the Eastern Conference, New York City FC almost certainly clinched their spot for the postseason. New England, on the contrary, currently sits in seventh position which would just be enough to advance to the playoffs. Two points is not a comfortable gap, though, so Bruce Arena and his team still have to win a few of the remaining games.
With some players away on international duty, Domenec Torrent made four changes. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson was replaced by Brad Stuver, Sebastien Ibeagha started in the center-back position instead of Peruvian international Alexander Callens. In addition to that, captain Alexander Ring returned to the starting lineup. Bruce Arena did not miss any of his players and trusted the same eleven players that drew 1-1 against Toronto FC the week before.
Promising start stopped by early red card
Both teams started with a high press in the first few minutes, but on their turn also showed how to outplay this. The guests stroke first in the second minute, after the man . . .