Depending upon a few variables, New York City FC (NYCFC) may end up hosting an Eastern Conference Knockout Round match at Citi Field.
In sharing Yankee Stadium with the New York Yankees, NYCFC has encountered a couple of scheduling conflicts this year. With the Yankees advancing to the American League Championship Series (ALCS), NYCFC shifted its October 22 home match to Citi Field–home of the New York Mets. It was the second move of the season for NYCFC, as a September 23 match against the Houston Dynamo was shifted to Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Renschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., due to a Yankee Stadium scheduling conflict.
Nothing has been finalized to this point, but NYCFC is stating that there could be another change. If the Yankees successfully clinch the American League pennant, and NYCFC ends up playing a Knockout Round match, it could create a scheduling conflict that is alleviated by Citi Field. More from MLSsoccer.com:
“It’s probably a little early for me to say definitively, but it’s safe to say that Citi Field is certainly an option and it’s something we’re considering,” NYCFC president Jon Patricof said on Tuesday. “We’ll continue to explore other alternatives.”
NYCFC moved their Decision Day showdown with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday (4 pm ET; MLS LIVE) from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to Citi Field in Queens because of the Yankees’ advancement to the American League Championship Series. The Yankees currently lead that seven-game series 3 games to 2, needing one more victory to advance to the baseball World Series. The first two games of the World Series would take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
NYCFC will clinch the second-seed in the East and avoid the Knockout Round with a win on Sunday. A draw would put them in peril of playing in the Knockout Round, while a loss would guarantee that they’d play and potentially host a Knockout Round match.
The ALCS between Yankees and Houston Astros resumes on Friday, with the series shifting back to Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The winner of the ALCS will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
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