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Massive Predictions: Crew at New York City FC

Will the six-game unbeaten run extend to seven in New York City?

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For the final time in 2019, Columbus Crew SC will play a mid-week game during the Major League Soccer regular season. The Black & Gold travel to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC on Wednesday night, both teams’ second game in four days.

After two consecutive disappointing draws at home, the Crew head on the road hoping to keep the slimmest of playoff hopes alive. Columbus is seven points outside of the final postseason spot with seven games to play.

Despite losing two of its last four games, New York City is in third place in the Eastern Conference, only four points back of the Philadelphia Union and Atlanta United who are tied at the top.

Can the Crew go on the road and continue stretch the team’s current six-game unbeaten run? Let’s see what our staff thinks.

Guilherme Torres

The Crew will look to extend its six-match undefeated streak in New York City but it won’t be an easy task. For starters, the difficulties of playing at Yankee Stadium’s narrow field have already been well-documented around the league. And NYCFC has taken full advantage of it, as the team lost just one of its 11 MLS home matches so far.

Also, the Crew’s good run of form hasn’t been good enough to erase some of the team’s deficiencies. Despite the recent good performances, mistakes keep happening every match and NYCFC is a team that’s more than capable of benefiting from them, as I think they will.
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Mike Crosky

Heading into the not-so-cozy confines of Yankee Stadium, the Crew are amid a six-game unbeaten streak. Awaiting their arrival is NYCFC, who iss 6-1-4 at home this season. The narrow dimensions and short field seem to play in the Borough boys’ favor. The Crew has surrendered points at home in recent times, but have pulled out positive results on the road, including a road win versus NYCFC’s city rival, New York Red Bull.

If Columbus can put the kibosh on its defensive lapses and should Gyasi Zardes find his scoring touch, perhaps a road upset is in the cards for the Black & Gold. However, given New York City’s form at home and the inconsistencies of the Crew, I would bet this is the end of the Crew unbeaten streak.
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Patrick Murphy

A weird year for the Crew became even weirder the last two weeks. Two winnable games at home saw the Black & Gold play some very solid offensive soccer, yet come away with two points out of six. In my mind, the playoffs ended with the 2-2 draw with FC Cincinnati, but the same score against Toronto FC cemented that thought.

New York City, however is in a good place, scoring goals at will and will enjoy postseason play this year. Given the squad rotation I expect in this match, I can’t see the six-game unbeaten run continuing for Columbus.
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Jay Homan

The Crew from May and June showed its head again last weekend. After fighting back into the game against Toronto, and with a win in sight, the Black & Gold gave up another late goal. With only a couple of days to wipe that draw from their memory, the team is off to New York City to play on the tightest field in MLS.

Columbus hasn’t had much success playing in New York City. In the four seasons since NYCFC’s induction to the league, Columbus has posted a 1-3-1 record when visiting. It won’t help that the team is going against the league assist leader in Maxi Moralez and a potent forward in Heber. Josh Williams returned to the field on Saturday is a welcome sign that the backline is regaining some depth, but that may not be enough for the Black and Gold to steal a win unless Pedro Santos can come up with another stunning goal in a third straight match.
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Jimmy Lentz

Columbus Crew SC and New York City FC both recently played league-worst FC Cincinnati, with Columbus tying 2-2 at home and New York City FC winning 4-1 in Cincy. This common opponent comparison — and given that New York City is in third place in the Eastern Conference and only four points out of first in the East with a few games on hand — reveals lots of advantages for the team in powder blue. The necessity for points and Gyasi Zardes finishing prime chances could keep the game close inside the makeshift Yankee Stadium, but New York City is the more complete team at this point of the season.
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Collin Johnson

Another week, another disappointing home draw for the Crew. The team’s slim playoff hopes get slimmer by with every dropped point, now needing to make up seven points and jump four teams in only seven matches. Home wins over the past two weeks would have put Columbus only three points out of that spot.

Still, the unbeaten streak continues as the team finds its footing after a midseason ravaged by injuries and national team call-ups. New York City FC is likely in the playoffs but hass been up and down over the past month. Sure, the Citizens beat FC Cincinnati and a red card depleted, reeling Houston Dynamo team, but losses to Atlanta United and Real Salt Lake stand out.

The Black & Gold haven’t been bothered by road games during this streak, and that continues in the midweek matchup. Leave it to the Crew to keep everyone hanging onto the postseason for as long as possible.
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Elmer Placencia

Columbus is coming off a disappointing tie against Toronto FC last weekend. A late-game goal saw the Crew drop another lead, leaving the team with an all too familiar feeling this season. Unfortunately, the Black & Gold face one of the toughest teams in the East this weekend in NYCFC. To get any points out of this game, the Crew will have to be clinical on both ends of the pitch. NYCFC boasts one of the best offenses and defenses in the conference and will capitalize on any mistakes Columbus makes. As City tries to solidify a high seed in the playoffs, they will come in motivated to get points from opponents lower in the table like Columbus. I just don’t see this game ending well for the good guys.
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Nick Hudak

It gets worse before it gets better for Columbus, as the team now heads to Yankee Stadium for a bout with third place New York City FC. NYCFC’s 41 points on the season seems like worlds away from the Black & Gold’s 27. It’s seeming like Caleb Porter has slowly gotten the (backbone of a) squad he needs to be successful in Columbus. To me, it’s a little too late.

Are the Crew built for the playoffs? Well, Saturday’s result may very well hold the answer. If the Black & Gold are to even have a chance at the postseason, the team will surely be looking for three points. Given the disappointments of recent draws, despite a six-game unbeaten streak, it’s win or go home for the Crew. I think the team doess enough to scrape at the very least a point and keep a dark cloud over the remainder of the season.
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