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NEW YORK CITY FC (1-4-3; 6 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-1; 13 POINTS)
4 p.m. Sunday, Yankee Stadium
TV: FS1. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: First meeting. This is the only scheduled meeting of the season.
NOTES: This is New York City’s first season in MLS. The club is owned by the same group that owns Manchester City of the English Premier League and shares its primary color: light blue. Baseball’s New York Yankees are minority owners. … NYCFC is winless in its last six matches. The Sounders have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. … Seattle is 1-1-2 in its inaugural meeting against expansion teams. … As weekend play began, Seattle’s 0.71 goals-against average was the best in MLS. New York has scored five goals over its eight games and allowed seven. … New York coach Jason Kreis went 5-3-4 against Seattle while at Salt Lake. … Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and New York’s Mix Diskerud as USMNT teammates expected to face each other for the first time. … Dempsey and Obafemi Martins lead Seattle with four goals each. … NYCFC goals-leader David Villa (two) is questionable with hip irritation. Veteran Ned Grabavoy leads New York with two assists, and has played every minute of the season. Defender George John, formerly of the University of Washington, is out (knee). … Seattle central defender Chad Marshall is eligible after serving a one-game disciplinary suspension. New York midfielder Andrew Jacobson is out due to suspension. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.
QUOTE: “It’s a new team in the league, but they still have good players. … It’s going to be a narrow field. …. It’s going to be for sure a really physical game. But when you have good players you want to try to keep the ball. … Possession of the ball is going to be a little more difficult.” – Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa. Read more »