NYCFC vs San Jose Earthquakes preview: How to watch, team news, kickoff time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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NYCFC continue their homestand, playing the third of five matches as the Boys In Blue host the San Jose Earthquakes at Yankee Stadium.

The defending MLS champions have scored 11 goals against Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC as they prepare to face a San Jose side that is winless in four road matches this season.

Team news


Anton Tinnerholm remains sidelined as he continues rehabilitation after rupturing his Achilles last year.

Maxi Moralez is also out, still recovering from bruised ribs. Maxime Chanot has an ongoing eye issue and will not participate.

Alfredo Morales picked up two yellow cards against Toronto and he will miss this match through suspension.

San Jose Earthquakes

Judson is out of action with a knee injury while Benjamin Kikanovic will also be forced to the sidelines with a muscle strain.

Gilbert Fuentes is absent from the team due to personal reasons while Javier Lopez and Marcus Lopez are both doubts due to undisclosed injuries.

Nathan is out through suspension after the league reviewed a dangerous play in the win over Seattle.

Ones to watch

Gabriel Pereira (NYCFC)

The Brazilian scored his first goal for the Boys In Blue last week and assisted on Talles Magno's winner. His continued development into the attack, especially with Moralez out through injury, will be key going forward.

Cristian Espinoza (San Jose Earthquakes)

He became the sixth Argentine to collect a hat-trick in the Earthquakes' victory in Seattle, including the game-winner from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time. He also assisted on the other goal.

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Predicted lineups

NYCFC: Johnson; Amundsen, Gloster, Callens, Gray; Acevedo, Parks; Magno, Rodriguez, Andrade; Castellanos

San Jose Earthquakes: Marcinkowski; Lopez, Calvo, Nathan, Marie; Remedi; Monteiro, Yueill, Gregus, Espinoza; Ebobisse

Previous meetings

NYCFC are unbeaten against San Jose in five all-time meetings, winning four and drawing one. Their last matchup was a 2-1 victory in 2019.

The Boys In Blue scored twice in the final six minutes of the first half. Keaton Parks scored his first career MLS goal and Alexandru Mitrita struck after that to cancel out Chris Wondolowski's opener.

How to watch

The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. In New York, the YES Network app will have all of the action. NBC Sports California will have coverage in San Jose.

Kickoff is set for 1pm Eastern time.