New York City FC are set to take on the New England Revolution for the second time this season tonight at Gillette Stadium. As the regular season nears its end, City looks to clinch the top seed in the playoff picture to secure the first round-bye.
Coming into the match Dome Torrent is without six Boys in Blue. Anton Tinnerholm, Keaton Parks, and James Sands are all unavailable for the match with their respective injuries.
Meanwhile, Maxime Chanot, Alex Ring, and Taty Castellanos are also unavailable as they serve their one-game suspensions for yellow card accumulation.
With six players out of contention, Torrent has made four changes to his starting XI. Eric Miller replaces Chanot in the backline, while Jesus Medina returns to the midfield for Alex Ring.
Medina is joined by Gary Mackay-Steven, who returns to the wing in place of Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. The Libyan, however, will still be available for Torrent on the substitutes list for the match.
City's lead-scorer, Héber has returned to full fitness and is making his first start since making his comeback from injury. He came off the bench against Atlanta United on Wednesday and capped the night off with a goal of his own.
The Brazilian will be joined by Alexandru Mitriță in the frontline as they lead the charge and look to bring home all three points.
NYCFC looks to clinch the top seed and CONCACAF Champions League qualification with a win or a draw against Bruce Arena's side. With the playoffs on the horizon, there's a lot on the line coming into New England.
NYCFC XI: Johnson, Miller, Ibeagha, Callens, Matarrita, Rocha, Medina, Moralez, Mackay-Steven, Mitriță, Héber
Subs: Stuver, Barraza, Sweat, Ofori, Torres, Haak, Tajouri-Shradi