New York City FC will put a five-match unbeaten streak on the line Saturday afternoon when they visit the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Mass.
NYCFC (5-5-1, 16 points), who enter the weekend in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the Montreal Impact, sport a 4-0-1 mark in the past five matches. That stretch includes a 2-0 victory over the Revolution on Sept. 2 at Gillette Stadium.
NYCFC come in off a 2-1 victory over FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at their temporary home at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Alexander Ring and Anton Tinnerholm each scored a goal and Sean Johnson made four saves.
The victory, however, was a costly one for NYCFC, who lost star midfielder Maxi Moralez to a right knee injury in the first half.
The team announced Friday that Moralez, slowed earlier in the season with a quad injury, will be out four to six weeks with the MCL injury. The Argentine midfielder, one of the league's premier playmakers, accounted for a total of 15 goals and 36 assists over the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
"We have shown before, and we have shown (against Cincinnati) we can win without Maxi as well, and that's a strength of the team," NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said. "Everybody understands he's an important player for us so that will hurt us of course."
New England (3-3-5, 14 points) comes in off a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution still are in search of their first home win (0-1-3) of the 2020 campaign after Anthony Fontana scored the winner in the 95th minute for the Union.
The loss marked the return to the Revolution lineup for 33-year-old midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was acquired in a trade with Inter Miami on Sept. 8. Nguyen, who starred for New England from 2012-18 when he rolled up 51 goals and 49 assists, came on as a substitute in the 76th minute.
"It was a bit nostalgic," Nguyen said. "Just a lot of memories coming back, playing (in) a rivalry like Philly. Walking into that stadium was a great feeling. Unfortunately, we didn't get the result we wanted but it felt good to be back."
--Field Level Media