New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact | 2020 MLS Match Preview
2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 20
New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact
Yankee Stadium – Bronx
October 24 – 7:30 PM ET
TV: TSN5, TVA Sports
STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US
LOCAL TV: YES
New York City FC are looking to snap a three-match winless streak when they take on a Montreal Impact squad in search of consecutive wins for just the second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes square off at Yankee Stadium Saturday night.
NYCFC (8W-8L-3D) are coming off a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium Sunday, while the Impact (7W-10L-2D) rebounded from consecutive defeats to knock off Inter Miami CF 2-1 at Red Bull Arena.
New York City FC
After conceding twice, Taty Castellanos pulled NYCFC to within a goal early in the second half, but the Cityzens were unable to find the equalizer and gave up a Gyasi Zardes insurance tally in second-half stoppage time to suffer a 3-1 defeat to the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium Sunday night. Maxi Moralez made his return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the last seven games, coming off the bench for a 28-minute shift.
“I think the last 30 minutes we played a good game. We were down 2-0 and that was definitely tough, but we had a good attitude," Castellanos said "Going forward we have to be 100 percent focused for the next games so we won’t have the same result as today. Maxi is a great player and he and I get along very well. Off the field we’re really good friends and we have a good connection on the field. He looks for me and he’s able to pass me the ball at good moments and his injury hurt us a bit. He’s a great player both physically and mentally and it’s positive when he’s playing with us.”
Bojan scored early and set up Maxi Urruti for the the 80th-minute winner to help lead the Impact to a 2-1 win over Inter Miami Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
"We just needed to win," Thierry Henry said after the match. "It's obvious against them it was a must-win, but we wanted to win against Philly, we wanted to win against New England. It didn't happen obviously. The less games you have, obviously the more it's going to be a must-win at the end of the season, especially against a team that was right behind you."
That good news, though, was dampened a bit by the club announcement Monday that winger Lassi Lappalainen will undergo shoulder surgery in Italy that will keep him out of action for the rest of the season.
Series Matchup at NYCFC
- NYCFC: 2 wins, 10 goals
- Impact: 1 win, 6 goals
- 3 draws