Keys to the Match: Home Again

Defender Alexander Callens Departs New York City Football Club 

March 15, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS)New York City FC News Release

New York City Football Club are back in the Bronx on Saturday night.

D.C. United are the visitors in Matchday Four of the 2023 season, in a 7:30pm ET kick-off at Yankee Stadium.

Here are the Keys to the Match, presented by Ford…

Home Comforts

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The Boys in Blue will step out onto home soil for the second time this season, looking to build on last weekend’s Home Opener triumph against Inter Miami CF, and continue our impressive recent record.

City have won 14 of our last 20 at home in all competitions, including the last five, ensuring that facing Nick Cushing’s side on New York turf is a challenging prospect for any opponent.

Head Coach Cushing spoke after the Miami game of the influence the City faithful had in helping to achieve a positive result, creating another electric atmosphere and pulling the Boys in Blue through in difficult moments, as the team battled to preserve the slender lead.

The 38-year-old called upon everyone connected to the Club to work together to build a ‘fortress’ for City at home this season, inspiring the squad to more glory, and increasing the chances of securing more home playoff fixtures going forward.

“We have to consistently fight to try and get home playoff games here,” he said. “We’ve had nine playoff games – seven of them away. You can’t consistently challenge for MLS Cup if you play seven out of nine games away. We have to fight to get as many playoff games here in front of our fans. That is the aim.”

Though it may seem early in the season to be examining that possibility, the stronger the start, the better the chance of a strong finish.

Tickets for the game are now on sale. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Boys in Blue!

Familiar Foe

It’s safe to say NYCFC and D.C. United know each other pretty well.

The two sides have met 19 times in all competitions, and City have a notable record against the Black-and-Red.

In total, the Boys in Blue have triumphed in 10 and drawn three, recording our biggest ever win in our second 2021 home meeting with a 6-0 rout.

The City Boys have won four of the last six encounters, but fell to defeat in the most recent fixture, and will certainly be wary of that fact.

Like New York, D.C. have had a mixed start to the 2023 season, also registering 1-1-1 from the first three games, salvaging a late draw against Orlando City SC last time out. Belgian striker Christian Benteke…

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