Even with a home match locked up for the playoffs, much is at stake today.
The Union (16-7-10, 55 pts, third place) take on City (17-10-6, 61 pts) in Chester on Sunday. A win would:
- Give them an opportunity to take second place in the East; they would need a better result than Atlanta gets to do so due to Atlanta having one more win than the boys in blue. This would be huge because it means they would not have to go into Atlanta in the playoffs, where Atlanta is 11-2-3 at home, but only 6-10-1 away from Georgia.
- Give them a chance to host the MLS Cup Final if they make it to the finals and LAFC is not the Western Conference representative.
- Give them confidence going into the playoffs after that horrible 2-0 loss to lowly Columbus that scuttled any shot they had at first in the East.
The boys in blue and City have met once prior this year, on June 29th on the laughable pitch inside Yankee Stadium. The U lost 4-2 that day largely due to two penalties embellished by Valentin Castellanos.
I would expect Curtin to leave caution to the wind today, fielding a full attacking lineup with the mindset of getting three points at home.
NYCFC is 6-5-5 when they have to play on a real pitch, while the Union is 10-2-4 at home. I like the Union’s chances in a slugfest.
Union 3-NYCFC 2