FC Cincinnati travel to the Big Apple for a critical midweek matchup with New York City FC, needing a result to get back above the playoff line with just six matches to go in the season.
Let’s break down this matchup, by the numbers.
New York City FC remains as one of just two MLS Eastern Conference opponents that FC Cincinnati have never beaten (D.C. United). Already this season, Cincinnati have earned the club’s first MLS victory over Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, Minnesota United FC, Philadelphia Union, and Charlotte FC).
The defending MLS Cup champions sit in fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, but their current form at the moment has seen them drop in the table since the departure of star forward Taty Castellanos on July 25. Since then, NYCFC have picked up just four points from eight games (1W-6L-1D).
NYCFC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been among the best in MLS this season. The USMNT shot stopper is tied for the league lead with 13 clean sheets, as NYCFC have been among the league’s best defensive teams this season.
Converted wingback Álvaro Barreal had a productive defensive night on Saturday for the Orange and Blue. The Argentine won eight of his 13 duels, won possession six times, and made a critical block on a shot late in the game to preserve the lead. He also won three fouls, while only conceding one.
By The Numbers is presented by CTI.