New York City FC did a really good job last season but just made it to the Conference semi-finals. This season they made a great start in their away match against Orlando City but secured just one point. They will now return home for their next match, where they will host DC United on Sunday. DC United were quite surprising last season but fell in the knockout round.
Date/Time: 3-10-2019, 14:00 EST
Spread: DC United +0.75
Total: 3 Goals
New York City FC (0-0-1) did a great job in the first half of their away match against Orlando City. Their opponents actually created more scoring chances in the first half. But it was Ofori who took the lead for New York City FC at the 13th minute. And Ring doubled that at the end of the first half. But Orlando City scored twice in the second half (59th and 74th) to pull even for the final 2-2. New York City FC finished at the 3rd spot of the Eastern Conference last season (16-10-8). They were tremendous at home, losing just once in 17 matches (12-1-4), featuring the 2nd best offense (37 goals).
On the other hand, DC United (1-0-0) had a much easier job at home against Atlanta United. They quickly took control of the match and blasted their opponents in the first half. But it took them a while to take the lead, doing so at the 45th minute with Arriola. Atlanta United were better in the second half, which was more balanced. But DC United scored a second goal with Acosta at the 58th minute for the final 0-2. DC United did great to come from the depths and finished 4th last season. But they were one of the worst teams on the road, winning just one of their 17 matches (1-9-7).
This match-up has been really balanced between the two over the years. Each team has won four times and one match ended as a draw. That draw was a 1-1 in this venue last season before DC United won by 1-3 at home.
New York City FC are always strong at home while DC United struggle on the road. They have never won in this venue (0-3-1) and should have a tough time against a hungry New York side.
MLS New York City FC vs DC United Prediction: New York City FC -0.75 (+100)
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