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9 Reasons to Watch: NYCFC at Chicago Fire

NYCFC roll into the second match of a three-game road trip fresh off a midweek win over Montreal. 

WATCH: Match Highlights: NYCFC 1-0 Montreal

With playoff implications on the line in an Eastern Conference picture that's looking more and more complex, this one could be big...

  1. NYCFC locked up their best-ever points tally with their win over Montreal, which boosted them up to 55 points on the season. Now they're looking for more...
  2. And they're going to need more. With Atlanta nipping at their heels in third place, NYCFC needs another victory to maintain their hopes of a first-round playoff bye.
  3. Jack Harrison scored his 10th goal of the year on Wednesday. He'll have a chance to match his tallies to his jersey number with an appearance this weekend.  
  4. David Villa is back from injury and facing a high-stakes matchup. El Capitan will be on the hunt for the goal that will draw him level with Portland's Diego Valeri at the top of the MLS Golden Boot leaderboard.
  5. Back in July, NYCFC took down Chicago at Yankee Stadium in one of the biggest matches of the season. Down a man for the better part of 80 minutes, City held on for a dramatic 2-1 victory in the summer heat. 
  6. Yangel Herrera is back! The midfield menace made his return from injury against Montreal, and he's in line for another appearance this weekend. When he starts, NYCFC averages 2.5 points per game. 
  7. Chicago clinched a playoff berth against San Jose on Wednesday, meaning that NYCFC and Chicago could see each other again after the regular season ends...
  8. Back in July, NYCFC center backs Frederic Brillant and Alexander Callens combined for 13 clearances. Was that the lucky number?
  9. NYCFC's defense has conceded just three goals the entire month of September. Would there be a better way to close out a month than a clean-sheet victory?