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The Quakes have beaten the best. They’ve lost to the worst. How much more inconsistent can a team get?
NYCFC is known to have a susceptible defense as they have given up 48 goals this season (tied with Columbus for 3rd-worst in MLS), although they did shutout Toronto last month–to be fair, they allowed 16 shots with 7 on goal, so that clean-sheet is more of an off-night for TFC shooting. Former Quake Jason Hernandez is on that defensive line along with MLS vet Chris Wingert. That should tell you something about NYCFC “defense.”
The midfield is where NYCFC tries to make up for bad defense with international retirees Pirlo and Lampard milking some money out of the NYCFC coffers. Man-City/Chelsea star Lampard plays alongside USMNT vet Mix Diskerud to set up their leading goal-scorer and Spanish international/Barca/Atletico Madrid vet David Villa (Villa is expected to be a game-time decision). It should be a high-scoring affair, which is why it will probably end 1-0 or 1-1 as MLS never seems to be predictable anymore.
I’m predicting a 4-4-2 line-up with Quincy and Wondo up top, Cato, MPG, Godoy, and Salinas in mid, Wynne, Fatai, Goodson, and Francis on the backline, and Bingham in goal. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pelosi start in place of MPG along side Godoy and MPG out wide in place of Cato, although if there’s common element that has reared its ugly head in our three-match winless streak, it’s MPG playing. When he plays, we don’t win. I wonder if Kinnear knows this and will bench MPG for Cato..
Final score prediction: If all goes to plan and the Quakes prove they are better on the road than at home, Quakes win 3-0.
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