New York City took a step closer to MLS glory last season, but in the end the dominant Toronto FC just proved too good for the competition. However, it’s another step in the right direction for a team who are only coming into their fourth MLS campaign and are filled with star quality.
Admittedly some of that star quality did leave during the off season, with Andrea Pirlo retiring and highly rated midfielder Jack Harrison making the move to Manchester City. Still, with winger Jesus Medina and defender Anton Tinnerholm joining the likes of David Villa and Maxi Moralez they’re not exactly short of talent.
Jesus Medina managed to find the net on his debut last weekend as New York City beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 away from home, and now the hosts will be hoping to transfer that form back to the Yankee Stadium when they host LA Galaxy on Sunday.
LA Galaxy had an absolutely shocking season last year, struggling to cope with a number of high profile departures from the start. They were then hampered by injury problems and completely fell apart, eventually finishing rock bottom of the MLS. It was a long fall from grace for the most successful MLS Cup side in history, but they are hoping to get back to their usual successful ways this year.
Last weekend they certainly managed that with a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers. They had the worst home record in the league last season, but turned the StubHub Center back into a part as a quickfire brace from debutant Ole Kamara and star attacker Romain Alessandrini. Unfortunately the latter of these players is sidelined for this match, but Kamara will be high on confidence after his debut goal.
The Galaxy don’t have the best record away from home either, and whilst they have obviously improved since last year it will still be a big ask for them to get anything from Sunday’s game. They have lost seven of their last nine away games in the MLS and won none, and come up against a New York City side who have won nine of their last 14 at home in the league. This leads us to backing a home win on Sunday, along with a 3-1 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
New York City and LA Galaxy have each won two and lost two of their four previous encounters.
New York City vs La Galaxy Stats
- New York City have won 64% of their last 14 home games in the MLS.
- LA Galaxy have lost 78% of their last nine trips away, winning 0%.