The day has finally come! The CONCACAF Champions League is back and ready to start again in the Orlando Bubble. The New York City Football Club (NYCFC) are prepared to take on Tigres UANL in the second leg of the quarter-finals! Having lost the first game at home by a score of 1-0, NYCFC needs to begin at their maximum level. But who will come out victorious?
What Happened Last Time?
Last time out, it was NYCFC vs. Tigres UANL at their temporary home, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Both teams came out strong, creating great chances, but Tigres took advantage in the end. Eduardo Vargas, Tigres’ first-choice striker at the time (now with Atlético Mineiro), had a goal to destroy the New Yorker’s. Every call the fans heard from Joe Tolleson or Ian Joy had included Eduardo Vargas’ name. “Shot by Vargas,” “Vargas with the ball.” The striker kept pushing against New York and eventually broke through the defense to score the game’s only goal during the 92nd and last minute of the game. Although the boys in blue had fallen apart at the end, they played a fantastic match, controlling most of the ball possession and putting up a battle. Now it’s time to get back from where they stopped and takedown Tigres!
Since last March, both teams have suffered loss of play due to COVID-19 and are slowly getting back to form. Tigres UANL just finished their season after a second leg win, which was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals of the Liga MX Cup due to the aggregate score of 3-2. They aren’t doing well right now, having to travel across the border, containing the risk of receiving the virus while NYCFC is patiently waiting for their approval to arrive in Orlando, Florida. The boys in blue are coming off a hard loss to Orlando City SC in round 16 of the MLS Cup. They are still training and have their mindset on this date. Hopefully, NYCFC will come into Exploria Stadium ready to prove they have what it takes to represent the city.
Are You Ready?
The biggest question pondered around New York right now is if the boys in blue will take revenge from Tigres. Both teams are coming to the arena with no fans and critical players are gone. As said above, Eduardo Vargas has moved on from the Mexican tigers, and Alexandru Mitrita from NYCFC has been loaned out to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli. Can New York battle through and secure a spot in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League? Catch the boys in blue on Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30 pm ET broadcasted by Fox Sports.