New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 15
New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati
Yankee Stadium — Bronx
June 6 - 7:00 PM ET


After rallying for a draw against Columbus Crew SC, New York City FC look to extend an MLS best nine-match unbeaten streak when they return home to host FC Cincinnati Thursday night in the Bronx.

NYCFC (4-1-8) ended a four-match road trip with a 2-2 draw against the Crew Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium. Twice the Cityzens rallied to equalize, first when Heber canceled out a Gyasi Zardes penalty kick and again when Taty Castellanos leveled from long range in the 75th minute after Pedro Santos gave the hosts their second lead of the game. 

FC Cincinnati (3-10-2) have dropped three straight games by a combined 10-2 scoreline following a 3-1 loss at the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. Kekuta Manneh tied for the visitors in the 72nd minute, but Nicolas Mezquida restored the Rapids' lead again one minute later and Diego Rubio added the insurance goal in the 82nd minute. 

New York City FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jesus Medina (M) - ankle injury
    • OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: Ben Sweat (D) - ankle injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: Sean Johnson (GK), Alexander Callens (D), Ronald Matarrita (D), Ebenezer Ofori (M)

FC Cincinnati

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery
    • OUT: Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Leonardo Bertone (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Kenny Saief (M) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Leonardo Bertone (M)
  • International duty:  Rashawn Dally (F), Darren Mattocks (F), Alvas Powell (D), Allan Cruz (M), Kendall Waston (D), Emery Welshman (F)

Series Matchup at NYCFC

  • This is the first all-time meeting between New York City FC and FC Cincinnati


  • Referee: Allen Chapman
  • Assistant Referees: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein
  • 4th Official: Robert Sibiga
  • VAR: Jorge Gonzalez

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