New York City FC Head Coach Patrick Vieira will be without five players for Friday night’s Hudson River Derby.
Maxime Chanot underwent a successful bilateral sports hernia procedure on Monday morning.
The recovery time associated with this procedure is 6-8 weeks, though recovery times may vary and the club remains optimistic that Maxime will have a further part to play in the 2017 season.
James Sands, who captained U.S U17s to a 3-1 win over Russia on Wednesday, scoring the second goal, will remain in Prague representing his nation as they face Japan on Friday morning in their final group game at the Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek.
Finally, Yangel Herrera will also miss the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 win over New England on Sunday night but Alex Ring is back in contention after serving his one-game ban.
According to MLSSoccer.com, Aurelien Collin is questionable for Friday night in Harrison, while Gideon Baah, Mike Grella and Daniel Royer are definitely out.
NYCFC can complete a clean sweep of Hudson River Derby victories for 2017 if they can record a second-ever win at Red Bull Arena.
OUT – Miguel Camargo, Maxime Chanot, Ronald Matarrita
SUSPENDED – Yangel Herrera
INT’L DUTY – James Sands
OUT – Gideon Baah, Mike Grella, Daniel Royer
QUESTIONABLE – Aurelien Collin
- After winning the first four regular season Hudson River Derbies, the Red Bulls have lost three of the last four, including both played this year.
- The Red Bulls have played 12 home games this year (8W-2D-2L), and NYCFC are one of two teams to beat them (along with the LA Galaxy) and one of two teams to shut them out (along with Real Salt Lake).
- City has lost three of their last five away league games (2W, including away to the Red Bulls). In all three losses, City conceded at least three goals (10 total), while both wins were by a 2-0 scoreline.
- NYCFC had less shots on target than New England last weekend, the fourth time in their last five league matches that the opposition has had more shots on target than NYCFC. Prior to that, they had more (or an equal amount) of shots on target than their opponents for 10 consecutive games.
- The Red Bulls have conceded six penalty goals, the second most of any team in MLS entering Wednesday. NYCFC have scored four penalty goals this year, tied for sixth most in the league entering Wednesday.
- NYCFC have only conceded four goals in the last 15 minutes of league matches this year, tied with Atlanta and FC Dallas for the fewest of any team in the league entering Wednesday.
- NYCFC have won nine of the 11 games that Yangel Herrera has started this year (1L-1D) and have averaged 2.4 goals per game in those matches. They have won five of the 14 games Herrera has not started, and average 1.5 goals per game when Herrera is not in the lineup.
- David Villa had six shots against New England last weekend. It was the seventh time this season he has had at least six shots in a game, and he is the only NYCFC player to take at least six shots in a game.
- The Red Bulls averaged 5.3 shots on target per game in Jesse Marsch’s first season, 5.1 in his second, and are averaging 4.8 so far this season.