Our first MLS Cup Playoffs edition of Know Your Opponent. City is set to face New York City FC Saturday at Exploria Stadium in the First Round of play at 12:00 pm ET on Fox 35 Plus in English and UniMas or TUDN in Spanish. Here is what you need to know about City's opponents:
Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions: Keaton Parks (1/8/20 - transfer from Benfica), Gudmundur Thorarinsson (1/28/20 - transfer from IFK Norrköping), Nicolas Acevedo (3/2/20 - transfer from Liverpool FC).
Key Departures: Ben Sweat (11/19/19 - Expansion Draft), Ebenezer Ofori (11/20/19 - option declined), Alexandru Mitrita (10/8/20 - loaned to Al-Ahli).
The injury report: Gedion Zelalem (knee injury, out for season), Tayvon Gray (out for season), Heber (torn ACL 9/23, out for season) and James Sands (right foot fracture, out for season).
Take a look at NYCFC's full roster here.
NYCFC finished the season strong with four straight wins and a record of 4-1-0 in their last five matches. Their lone loss in that stretch came against Columbus with a 3-1 scoreline.
In terms of individual form, Valentín Castellanos is red hot taking the latest MLS Player of the Month honors with six goals and three assists in the final eight matches of the MLS regular season.
The Lions are 2-0-3 in their last five meetings against NYCFC. The latest meeting ended 1-1 at Exploria Stadium on October 14th.
Rasmussen College Fact
The Lions have not dropped a match against NYCFC since July 26th, 2018.