FC DALLAS vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
2021 MLS Regular Season
September 14 - 6:30PM
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
TXA 21 (English) | KMPX-29 (Spanish) | FCDallas.com/Radio | 1270AM
- FCD record: 6-10-8 (26 points - 11th in West)
- NYC record: 10-8-4 (34 points - 4th in East)
- FCD vs. NYC all-time: 1-1-3 (7 GF, 8 GA)
- FCD vs. NYC away: 0-1-1 (3 GF, 5 GA)
- Tuesday’s match will take place at Red Bull Arena – home of the New York Redbulls – instead of NYCFC’s Yankee Stadium due to a scheduling conflict. The change of venue will hopefully favor FC Dallas (who has a 0-1-1 record at Yankee Stadium) since the dimensions of Red Bull Arena are much more similar to Toyota Stadium, whereas Yankee Stadium is noticeably smaller after its conversion from a baseball to soccer playing surface.
Midfielder Paxton Pomykal: “I think it help. Obviously, they’re still going to have their supporters there, a lot of them will make the trip. The field is bigger which helps us because most fields we play on are that size. It’ll be more of a neutral game. It definitely helps us going in and playing at a neutral ground for sure."
- Dallas’ match vs. NYCFC comes just three days after playing to a 1-1 draw with San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Stadium meaning it’s one of the team’s shortest layoffs of the season. With a number of players (Bryan Acosta, Ricardo Pepi, Szabolcs Schön and Freddy Vargas) traveling great distances for international duty last week, FCD will need to be wary of tired legs in its lineup.
Midfielder Paxton Pomykal: "You just have to recover really well, make sure you’re taking care of your body. It’s not like we haven’t done it before, we’ve had many midweeks games this year. We’ve done it before so we’ll take the same preparation and make sure all of our guys are mentally and physically ready for the game and taking care of our bodies in the days leading up to it.
- FC Dallas fullbacks Justin Che and Ema Twumasi were standout performers in Saturday’s draw. In his first start since returning from injury, Che was able to lock down FCD’s right flank and delivered the assist for Ricardo Pepi’s equalizer. The 17-year-old Homegrown earned his second MLS Team of the Week honor for his efforts. On the other side, Twumasi switched from right back to left back for the very first time in place of the injured Ryan Hollingshead. While his performance wasn’t as flashy as Che’s, Twumasi led all players with 71 touches, recorded a team-high 10 possessions gained and also finished with 88% passing accuracy. If the duo can replicate their performances once again, FCD will stand a good chance in New York.
Head coach Luchi Gonzalez: “It says a lot about Ema, it says a lot about Che and the team. It’s all great examples for our club, our roster, for guys being on their toes and ready. The switch we had to make with Ema on the left was the day before the game and he rose up to that challenge very well and did the job. I think it was a great reflection of our roster and we need to continue to do that so we can compete and win games.