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New York City FC vs. LA Galaxy | 2016 MLS Match Preview

NEW YORK CITY FC vs. LA GALAXY
Yankee Stadium | Bronx, New York
August 20 | Week #24 | MLS Game #241
3 pm ET (ESPN | MLS LIVE in Canada)

A mouthwatering prospect is in store in one of the marquee matches of the MLS season when New York City FC play host to the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium before an ESPN audience. NYCFC come into the match sitting atop the Eastern Conference, their legion of Designated Players having extended the club’s undefeated run to three matches in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Columbus Crew SC last weekend. The Galaxy are firmly in a playoff position in the Western Conference, their star-filled group now having gone nine games without loss following a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids last weekend at StubHub Center.

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  • David Villa scored two goals – his fourth two-goal game of the season – and moved into a tie in the MLS Golden Boot standings with 15 goals as NYCFC concluded their two-game road swing with a second consecutive draw, reaching a 3-3 result with Columbus Crew SC on Saturday evening at MAPFRE Stadium.
  • Frank Lampard also netted a goal for NYCFC, his ninth goal of the season, all over the last 10 matches (since June 18), as his club maintained its hold on the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Galaxy extended their league undefeated run to nine games with a third consecutive draw, coming back for a 1-1 result with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at StubHub Center.
  • The teams met once during NYCFC’s inaugural season, and it was a 5-1 rout for the Galaxy, Aug. 13 at StubHub Center. Robbie Keane scored two goals and set up two others; Giovani dos Santos also scored a goal and added an assist.

REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Jorge Gonzalez
MLS Career: 205 games; FC/gm: 23.3; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 39; pens: 57

SUSPENDED: NYC: Maxime Chanot (through Aug. 21); Patrick Vieira (head coach; through Aug. 21)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NYC: Ronald Matarrita, Josh Saunders … LA: Jelle Van Damme, Daniel Steres DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (1 meeting): NYCFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Galaxy 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 0
AT YANKEE STADIUM: First meeting.

LAST YEAR (MLS)
8/23: LA 5, NYC 1 (Zardes 36; Keane 54, 81; dos Santos 67; Lletget 70 – Villa 80)

  • This is the only league meeting between the teams this season. 
  • The teams met once during NYCFC’s inaugural season, and it was a 5-1 rout for the Galaxy, Aug. 13 at StubHub Center. Robbie Keane scored two goals and set up two others; Giovani dos Santos also scored a goal and added an assist.
  • Coaches record: Patrick Vieira vs. LA: first game … Bruce Arena vs. NYC: P1 W1 L0 D0

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