NYCFC ready to keep it going against Orlando City

Since 2018, the Lions have not known what it is like to win in New York stadiums, accumulating painful defeats
Orlando City SC v New York City FC
Orlando City SC v New York City FC / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

The Yankee Stadium will be on fire. New York City FC host Orlando City, promising a breathtaking spectacle. And if there's one thing history has taught us, it's that this clash never disappoints. Since their first meeting in 2015, when a goal from Mix Diskerud was equalized by the legendary Kaká in injury time, the rivalry has only grown.

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Last season, NYCFC came out on top, taking four points from two games against Orlando. But the question now is: will Orlando, in good form away from home, finally break the curse in New York? The answer to that question is eagerly awaited by fans of both sides.

City are coming off a disappointing home defeat and are hungry for redemption. Friday night games at Yankee Stadium have a unique atmosphere, and the Boys in Blue will be hoping that the warmth of the crowd will help them get back on track. Nick Cushing has already stressed the importance of the fans' support, and the team needs that energy more than ever.

Historically, New York stadiums have been a real nightmare for Orlando. Since 2018, the record has been disastrous: five defeats and one draw, with a goal difference of -13. The last visit to Citi Field in Queens ended in a 2-0 defeat, a bitter memory for the Lions.

This promises to be a high-scoring game. In NYCFC's last three home games, they've scored at least three goals a game. And Orlando aren't far behind, with their last few matches being a veritable shower of goals. So be prepared for a ferocious attack from both sides, where every chance could be decisive.

NYCFC are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 29 points, while Orlando are tenth with 21 points. Both teams have a lot at stake, and a win is essential for their playoff hopes, especially as the Lions try to climb the MLS standings.

The big question is: will Orlando finally break the curse in New York? Or will NYCFC continue to dominate at home? Only the next 90 minutes will tell.