New York Metropolis FC intention to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday afternoon once they host Orlando Metropolis SC at Harrison, N.J.
NYCFC (14-11-7, 49 factors), who entered the weekend in fourth place within the Jap Convention desk, can punch their ticket to the postseason with a win or a draw in opposition to Orlando Metropolis (13-12-6, 45 factors).
NYCFC are coming off a 2-0 win in opposition to the New York Purple Bulls on Sept. 17, a triumph that snapped a five-match winless stretch (0-4-1) that included a 2-1 loss to Orlando Metropolis on Aug. 28. New York Metropolis may get a lift to the lineup as Anton Tinnerholm, Alfredo Morales and Heber returned to coaching in the course of the worldwide break.
“Having the total workforce again provides us a possibility to get again on observe with the place we have been,” NYCFC interim coach Nick Cushing mentioned. “It is the primary time we have had the chance to work the best way I’ve wished to work.”
Heber is tied with midfielder Gabriel Pereira for the lively workforce lead in targets with seven. The targets have been arduous to return by of late for Heber, who has only one objective in his previous 10 matches.
The Lions, in the meantime, head into the weekend in sixth place, tied in factors with Inter Miami. Orlando Metropolis SC are three factors above the playoff line with three video games to play to shut out the marketing campaign.
They’re going to want a victory in opposition to NYCFC and a Columbus loss to the New York Purple Bulls to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the third straight 12 months.
Orlando Metropolis SC posted a 4-0 win in opposition to Toronto FC on Sept. 17, with designated participant Ercan Kara notching his team-leading tenth objective of the season. In reaching the mark, the membership has had a double-digit goal-scorer in every of its eight MLS seasons — the one facet in league historical past to take action.
Regardless of the milestone, Kara needs extra.
“I believe it is OK. It is a season the place I scored the least quantity of targets,” he mentioned. “I by no means scored 10 targets, I at all times scored extra. However this occurs, it is a totally different nation for me. It is a totally different life for me, it isn’t straightforward, however I tailored nicely with my household and my spouse and I am glad right here.”