Orlando City (7-3-4, 25 pts) faces a quick turnaround after Thursday night’s thrilling victory over Philadelphia, traveling to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC (6-5-2, 20 pts) at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday night. The match, presented by Walt Disney World, will be televised locally on FOX35 PLUS and streamed live on the LionNation app with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. Local radio coverage is available from 5:30 p.m. on FM 96.9 the Game in English and Acción 97.9 FM and 810 AM in Spanish.
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Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions - F Talles Magno (Vasco da Gama), F Thiago Andrade (Bahia), AM Santiago Rodriguez (Montevideo City, loan), DM Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf), LB Malte Amundsen (Vejle BK)
Key Departures - CM Alex Ring (Austin FC), LB Rónald Matarrita (FC Cincinnati), RB Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), F Gary Mackay-Steven (Hearts)
Player News - NYCFC has been given a fresh coat of paint since Orlando City last saw them back on May 8. Brazilian winger Thiago has given the Pigeons a burst with two goals in his first 213 minutes, including an astonishing full-field run and winner late in stoppage time against D.C. United on June 27. City Football Group also spent a reported $8 million on 18 year-old Young Designated Player Talles Magno, who had been linked to top European clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Take a look at New York City’s full roster here.
Despite pristine underlying numbers - the Pigeons rank second in the East with a +9.4 expected goal differential – results have been up and down this year for NYCFC. The Cityzens snapped a two-game losing skid on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory over CF Montreal. Attacking midfielder Jesús Medina has enjoyed a career year for New York City, already matching his career high with six goals in just over a thousand minutes.
Sunday’s match marks the 20th time Orlando City and NYCFC have squared off in all competitions, comfortably the most matchups against a single opponent for either 2015 expansion side. Orlando is unbeaten in seven against New York City, a run that includes the Running of the Wall game in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Rodrigo Schlegel’s breathtaking penalty-kick save in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.
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NYCFC has made the playoffs each of the past five seasons, but the Pigeons have just one postseason win to show for it, a first-round victory over Philadelphia Union in 2018. New York City has never advanced further than the Eastern Conference Semifinals.