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New York City FC looks to get back on track vs. FC Dallas

Field Level Media
14 Sep 2021, 09:05 GMT+10

New York City FC will look to return to form and build on its chances of making the MLS postseason when it hosts FC Dallas on Tuesday in an interconference match in Harrison, N.J.

Both teams look for a rebound and a quick turnaround after matches on Saturday. It's the only time the two sides will play each other this season.

NYCFC (10-8-4, 34 points) heads home after a 2-1 road loss to league-leading New England on Saturday. New York took the early lead on Santiago Rodriguez's goal in the 11th minute and lost after being forced to play a man down after a second yellow card was shown to Alfredo Morales in the 53rd minute.

"We kept ourselves in the game," NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said after the loss in New England. "Attitude-wise, we're very good -- we were up for it. At the same time, it's a lack of understanding, or maybe discipline. And it's always tough to play away with 10 men."

NYCFC has dropped two straight matches and three of its past four and is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points clear of Philadelphia and three up on D.C. United and Montreal with 12 matches remaining on its regular season schedule.

FC Dallas is in near-desperation mode as it heads north after a earning a 1-1 draw at home against San Jose on Saturday.

After conceding a goal in the sixth minute, Ricardo Pepi, FCD's goal-scoring teenage sensation, found the net in the 50th minute off a flawless assist from fellow homegrown Justin Che. Pepi's 12 goals lead all American-born players in MLS this season.

Dallas (6-10-8, 26 points) snapped a two-match home losing streak and is now 2-3-2 in its past seven matches, with both of its wins in that span coming against expansion Austin FC.

The draw left Dallas in 11th place in the Western Conference with just 10 games to play in the regular season. The top seven teams from each conference make the playoffs.

"We have to be disappointed to leave two points on the table against a direct rival that we need to go over," Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said after the draw. "That's the extra we are still trying to find. We played with heart -- I thought we showed a response after going down. I thought we showed commitment."

--Field Level Media

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