New City FC Match Notes: Defending MLS champion Crew invades Yankee Stadium tonight

New York City FC’s top goal scorer is Valentin Castellanos in blue uniform. 2018 photo By Joanpatsybruch – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

MLS Regular Season 2021
New York City FC vs Columbus Crew
Friday, July 30, 2021
7:30 p.m. ET
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY

Commentary: Joe Tolleson/ Ian Joy
Radio English: TuneIn;
Commentary: Glenn Crooks / Matt Lawrence
Radio Spanish: TuneIn;
Commentary: Roberto Abramowitz/Ariel Judas

Referee: Alan Kelly
AR1: Matthew Nelson
AR2: Gjovalin Bori
4th Official: Elton Garcia
VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero
AVAR: Tom Supple


2021 Records (W – L – D)
New York City FC (6th Eastern Conference)
7 – 5 – 2 (23 points; 1.64 ppg)
Columbus Crew (5th Eastern Conference)
6 – 3 – 6 (24 points; 1.60 ppg)
standings as of 7/29

Previous Two Meetings

July 17, 2021 (MLS Regular Season)
Columbus Crew 2 – 1 NYCFC Field – Columbus, OH
Unavailable Players
May 22, 2021 (MLS Regular Season)
NYCFC 1 – 2 Columbus Crew
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ

Unavailable Players

Heber (Injury)
Sean Johnson (Gold Cup)
James Sands (Gold Cup)
Talles Magno (Injury


• New York City FC marked their
return to Yankee Stadium with a
resounding 5-0 victory over Orlando
City SC last weekend. Dating back
to last season, NYCFC has
outscored opponents 16-3 in the
last four matches at Yankee
Stadium scoring five goals on three
• NYCFC is the only team in the
league with three players in the top
20 of scoring (Jesus Medina, Ismael
Tajouri-Shradi and Valentin
Castellanos). Medina’s match
winner against Orlando set a new
MLS career high (7) for the
• Luis Barraza kept his second
consecutive clean sheet as Sean
Johnson continues to be away at
the Gold Cup. The 2019 1st Round
SuperDraft selection was between
the sticks last time these two met in
a 2-1 loss.
• Third time hopes to be a charm for
NYCFC against the reigning
champions. The past two matches
have changed on set pieces.
Columbus midfielder Lucas
Zelarayan has three goals from
direct free kicks in the two matches.

Team Leaders

Jesus Medina (7)
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (6)
Valentin Castellanos (5)
Thiago Andrade (2)
Keaton Parks (2)
Anton Tinnerholm (4)
Valentin Castellanos (4)
Maxi Moralez (4)
Alfredo Morales (2)
5 Players (6)
2021 Goalkeeping
Sean Johnson
Saves: 26
Goals Allowed: 11
Save Percentage: 70.3%
2021 Discipline
Fouls (37) – Castellanos
Yellow Cards (4) – Castellanos
Red Cards (1) – Acevedo

2021 Form Guide (Last 5)
W – L – L – W – W


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