Yangel Herrera has been ruled out of the Pride Night showdown with Orlando City.
The Venezuelan picked up an ankle injury last time out in Houston and will be missing for the first time this season.
Elsewhere, Patrick Vieira has a full squad to choose from for this Week 14 matchup, including Jo Inge Berget and Maxime Chanot who will stay in New York rather than take part in their nations’ matches.
There’s good news on the disciplinary front too, with Alex Ring no longer walking a suspension tightrope as reward for going five games without a yellow card.
As a result, one of the bookings accrued in the first ten games has been taken back.
For Orlando, Dom Dwyer and Scott Sutter are considered day-to-day and could play in the Bronx (according to MLSSoccer.com), while Jonathan Spector has been missing with concussion.
OUT – Yangel Herrera
INT’L DUTY – Ronald Matarrita, Rodney Wallace
OUT – Mason Stajduhar, Jonathan Spector, Dom Dwyer, Scott Sutter
DOUBTFUL – Lamine Sane
INT’L DUTY – Amro Tarek, Yoshi Yotun
- NYCFC has won the last two meetings against Orlando City by a combined score line of 5- 0. The Boys in Blue had gone winless their prior six games against the Lions (5L-1D) in which they were outscored 10-5.
- The Cityzens have won a franchise-record six consecutive regular season matches at home, outscoring visitors 17-2. Only Portland (10) has a longer active streak.
- The Lions enter the weekend having lost three straight games in MLS play, tied for their longest in franchise history. They have conceded two goals in all three matches.
- Orlando has conceded 11 goals from outside the box since the start of last season. Only four teams have conceded more such goals.
- NYCFC have scored 13 left-footed goals, the most of any team in the league. Orlando has scored 13 right-footed goals, the third most of any team. Orlando has conceded five left footed goals (tied for the eighth lowest in the league). NYCFC have conceded six right footed goals (tied for the third fewest in the league).
- David Villa has tallied six goals in nine games against Orlando City. Only Sebastian Giovinco (eight) has more goals against the Lions.
- In the seven games Dom Dwyer has played in this season, Orlando is averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 goals per game. In the five games Dwyer has not appeared in, the Lions are averaging 0.2 points and 0.8 goals per game.