New York, NY – NYCFC are looking to return to the top of the MLS standings following their 3-0 home victory over the Seattle Sounders.
The New York Red Bulls defeated the Sounders 1-0 in a thrilling affair that included a penalty kick in the 89th minute to give the visitors a 1-1 draw.
Jozy Altidore scored twice to help NYCFC take control of the match in the 88th minute and he sealed the victory with a stunning volley into the top corner of the net in the 86th minute.
This was NYCFC’s second straight win in the first leg of their tie with Seattle.
In the first meeting, the Red Bulls were able to draw 1-2 away from Yankee Stadium.
Both sides will be looking to take another step forward against the Sounders on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd of 34,849.
Head coach Jesse Marsch will be without goalkeeper Bill Hamid (calf) while veteran goalkeeper Jake Gleeson (knee) is also doubtful.
Despite the absence of Hamid and Gleeson, Marsch and the rest of the Red Bull roster is set to be in a new and exciting environment this Sunday.
Midfielder Michael Parkhurst has been named to the starting XI and is joined by veterans Richie Laryea and Julian Gressel.
New York will also be without star forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (foot) and midfielders Michael Park, Bradley Wright, Danny Williams, Michael Bradley and Luis Robles.
Seattle, meanwhile, have a tough task in the final leg.
Their only goal of the night came in the 80th minute when forward Jordan Morris was sent off for a foul on Seattle defender Sebastian Lletget.
They are also without the services of winger Clint Dempsey and captain Brad Evans, who are both injured.
Elsewhere, New York’s Sebastian Blanco has been sidelined since the second leg due to a calf injury.
While the Red and White are set to face the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena, the game will be played in a temporary home stadium, CenturyLink Field.
Tickets are still available for all of the games and are priced at $50 per seat.
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NYCFC’s US Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, November 10 will be streamed on ESPN3 and will be broadcast live on WatchESPN from 6pm EST (8pm CT) and 7.30pm EST.
All times Eastern.