MLS Soccer: New England vs New York City FC
Friday, March 13th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The New England Revolution and the expansion franchise New York City FC add to the legacy of famous rival sports cities, when Yankee Stadium is the setting for the first ever New York City FC home game in MLS this weekend. With the history that the Yankees and Red Sox have had over the years in baseball, isn't it only fitting that the Boston/New York rivalry also got started at Yankee Stadium?
NYCFC opened their 2015 expansion season by taking on the other new addition to the league, Orlando City, and came away with a 1 - 1 result. However, it was not exactly a strong performance, being that the only shot they took on net just happened to find the back of it.
They looked to be on their way to their first ever win when Orlando City's Kaka fired a free kick from just outside the box in the first minute of added time. It took a deflection that threw off the New York keeper to tie the match 1 - 1, and both teams settled for a point.
New York City brought in Spanish National David Villa to add an international flare to the club, while also adding a handful of players that first year coach Jason Kreis brought over from his time at Real Salt Lake.
Opening their season, New England certainly looked out of sorts, losing 3 - 0 to Seattle far away from home. They have to open the season with two road games before starting their home portion of the season next week when they host Montreal. Obviously the inability of Lee Nguyen to make his return from injury hurt the team. They were also without Jermaine Jones, who also looks to rebound from off-season surgery. Nguyen was seen practicing in the orange jersey this week, still appearing not ready for contact, but the final word of whether or not he will start his season this weekend has yet to be officially announced by the team as of yet.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First ever meeting in MLS
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +240
New York City +120
New England +0.5 -140
New York City -0.5 +120
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Naturally, you should be looking to see if Nguyen or Jones are going to be cleared to play, if either make it in the lineup this week or for their home opener.
Remember last year, New England got off to a rough start, but did a tremendous job getting to the 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and were only four points behind DC United for the Eastern Conference title. Preliminary news has Jones and Nguyen missing this match, but of course that is subject to change as game time approaches.
It will be cool enough to see Yankee Stadium all decked out for a soccer match on the heels of the baseball season getting started in early April. That alone might be a good enough reason to watch the game, but we do not expect a lot of fireworks going off here.
Undoubtedly, the presence of Nguyen and Jones for this Revolution team will make all the difference in the world, but without them they are just another average team in MLS, at best.
New York certainly didn't go all out against Orlando City last weekend, mustering up only one official shot on goal, albeit that it found the net.
Assuming New England will still be shorthanded, and seeing how New York struggled to find a groove in their opening match, we will recommend this Under 2.5, despite the -130 price, until we see some production from either team.