June 1, 2018 / 4:47 PM / 6 months ago

NYCFC looks to stay perfect at home vs. Orlando City

At times when the Yankees go on the road, the field at Yankee Stadium transforms to a soccer pitch.

In the first five times that Yankee Stadium has been converted for soccer, NYCFC has won.

NYCFC attempts to win its sixth straight home game Saturday night when it hosts Orlando City SC.

NYCFC is 7-3-3 with 24 points, good for third in the Eastern Conference and two points behind first-place Atlanta. NYCFC has outscored opponents 15-2 in winning five straight home games.

“It’s going to be important for us to keep playing well,” coach Patrick Vieira told reporters. “Our record at home is good. We have to keep playing with the same kind of intensity and philosophy.”

NYCFC will play six of its next seven matches in the Bronx before heading to Orlando on July 26. Its last home game was a 4-0 victory over Colorado on May. 19 but the follow up was a 3-1 loss at Houston on May 25 when a defensive turnover led to the tiebreaking goal in the 69th minute.

David Villa scored his eighth goal last week and six have come at Yankee Stadium.

Orlando (6-5-1) will offer a stern test. Not only is Orlando 2-0-2 on the road, it also is on a three-game losing streak and looking to avenge a 2-0 loss in New York on March 17.

Orlando won six straight after losing to NYCFC but is coming off three straight 2-1 losses to Atlanta, Toronto FC, and Chicago.

Dom Dwyer, who has six goals, did not play in the last two games due to a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

Dwyer also did not play in the last meeting in New York but could play this time. He was training off to the side earlier this week and Orlando is 0-4-1 without Dwyer.

“There were players on the field tonight that played very well, that gave enough on most nights to win games,” Orlando City coach Jason Kreis told reporters. “It’s about making the plays when it counts the most. Again, I don’t want to really say that if we have Dom in there we win the game. No, we had players out there that played well enough, performed well enough and should have been able to finish off that game.”

The Lions also will be without midfielder Yoshi Yotun and defender Amro Tarek, who are with Peru and Egypt respectively in preparation for the upcoming World Cup.

Saturday is the 11th all-time meeting between the squads, who entered the league as expansion teams in 2015. So far, Orlando City is 5-3-2.

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