The Boys In Blue have dropped back-to-back matches, remaining in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings while Montreal have been surging lately, unbeaten in seven and winners of three in a row.
Heber remains out as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. The Boys In Blue will also be without Talles Magno, also nursing a knee issue and Sean Johnson and James Sands as both remain with the US Men's National Team for the Gold Cup.
Kamal Miller, Romell Quioto and Samuel Piette are all off with their respective countries at the Gold Cup. Montreal will again be forced to make due without first-choice goalkeeper Clement Diop, who is out with a leg injury. Ballou Tabla is also set to miss out with a groin issue.
NYCFC: Barraza; Callens, Tinnerholm, Chanot, Thorarinsson; Acevedo, Parks; Tajouri-Shradi, Moralez, Medina; Thiago
Montreal: Pantemis; Camacho, Waterman, Bassong; Lappalainen, Wanyama, Maciel, Mihailovic, Brault-Guillard; Toye, Johnsen
Ones to watch
With Miller and Quioto away on international duty, Mason Toye is Montreal's biggest attacking threat, having scored four goals in the last six games.
Just two weeks ago, Montreal rallied from a goal down to post a 2-1 victory at the Exploria Stadium.
Keaton Parks opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after receiving a cutback pass from Tajouri-Shradi and beating James Pantemis with a low shot at the far post.
After Sebastien Ibeagha took down Djordje Mihailovic inside the box, Toye leveled from the penalty spot. Quioto tapped in from close range after a through ball from Mihailovic to secure all three points.
How to watch
The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. The YES Network will have coverage in New York while TVA Sports will carry all of the action in Montreal. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Eastern time.