Following a three-match road trip, Crew SC returns to MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday to take on New York City FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. With important points on the line for both sides, here are three things to know about NYCFC.
Last Meeting at MAPFRE Stadium Brought Mother Nature
In the last meeting between the two Eastern Conference sides, Black & Gold striker Kei Kamara opened the scoring in the 24th minute and Crew SC took the lead into the break. However, a nine-minute brace from midfielder Kwadwo Poku gave NYCFC the advantage in the 66th. But six minutes later, then-newcomer Cedrick Mabwati slotted home his first Crew SC goal to tie it at two. As play was intensifying Mother Nature brought upon an hour-long severe weather delay, and after the suspension in play, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
NYCFC’s current roster features a mix of stars from both the international and domestic stage including European veterans David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, as well as U.S. international Mix Diskerud. The four have combined for 25 goals and 17 assists since NYCFC joined the League in 2015, with Villa contributing 18 of those goals in 2015. The former Spanish international and World Cup Champion is currently tied with midfielder Thomas McNamara for the club lead for goals in 2016 with two.
After opening up 2016 with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, NYCFC has only managed to pick up three points in its last four matches. Last week brought a 0-0 draw in a rematch with the Fire at Yankee Stadium, but New York showed a multitude of positive signs including 19 shots and maintaining 57 percent of the possession. Patrick Vieira’s side will look to continue the aggressive play against Columbus in search of three points.