Rapids travels to New York for its first appearance at Citi Field against NYCFC

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May 4, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Colorado Rapids News Report

The Rapids face New York FC this weekend in a Sunday matinee showdown at Citi Field. After falling short in Cincinnati last weekend, Colorado is looking for three crucial points against an unknown Eastern Conference team. Kickoff at Citi Field is at 2:00 PM MT (Apple TV-FREE on MLS Season Pass, Altitude Sports Radio 92.5AM).

The Rapids have suffered just one defeat in their last five road games, the most recent 2-1 result against 2023 Supporters’ Shield winners FC Cincinnati. Moïse Bombito scored the only Rapids goal of the evening, a header from the back post that was turned in for a corner by midfielder Djordje Mihailovic. The goal was the second goal of the season for the defender and his MLS career, as well as Mihailovic’s fourth assist of the season. The pair have now proven dangerous on set pieces as they combined for both of Bombito’s goals this season. It was the USMNT midfielder’s corner kick that assisted Bombito’s first goal against LAFC in March.

Mihailovic remains a steady and hard-to-defend presence in the center of the pitch in Colorado after four assists and two goals this season, apart from the near-perfect free kick against Seattle that hit the post and was followed up by Kévin Cabral for the equalizer. The number 10 is one of seven players to have started every game for the Rapids in 2024.

Defenseman Keegan Rosenberry continues to make history in Colorado. He surpassed Rapids legend Marcelo Balboa for the fourth-most regular-season starts (146) against FC Cincinnati and can tie Balboa for the fourth-most regular-season appearances (151) in club history this weekend against NYCFC. Homegrown Sam Vines surpassed Dillon Serna for the second-most minutes (5,302) recorded by a Homegrown player last week against Cincinnati.

NYCFC enjoyed success in April, racking up more points (10) than any other MLS team during the month. Young striker Julián Fernández has scored three goals in the last three games after scoring against New England and DC United and then recording an assist against Charlotte.

The Eastern Conference team has recorded three wins and one draw in its past four games. Nick Cushing will continue to lead the team as head coach following his first match as interim head coach following the departure of Ronny Deila in the NYCFC and Colorado draw on June 19, 2022. There have only been a total of seven meetings between the two teams since NYCFC joined in 2015 was eliminated from the competition. .

This will be the first time the Rapids have played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets of MLB, but not the first time they have played on a ballpark adapted for football. Colorado has played at NYCFC’s usual home ground, Yankee Stadium, three times in the past and has yet to secure a win on the smaller field.

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