The XI: Matarrita Starts vs. Columbus

The XI vs. Columbus Crew

Ronald Matarrita returns to the New York City FC XI for the Saturday showdown with Columbus Crew SC.

The Costa Rican international makes his fifth start of the campaign as one of two changes to the lineup from Wednesday’s win over Montreal.

Maxime Chanot also comes back into the team as the other alteration, coming in for Sebastien Ibeagha at the heart of the back four.

Elsewhere, it’s the same team which exploded to life in the second half on Wednesday, scoring three unanswered goals after the interval.

Matarrita scored arguably the pick of the bunch and his reward is a place in the XI in what looks to be an attacking position, alongside Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez and Rodney Wallace.

Alex Ring and Ebenezer Ofori continue to hold things down in the center of midfield, while Anton Tinnerholm and Ben Sweat keeps their places at full-back.

On the bench, it’s Ibeagha, Brad Stuver, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Kwame Awuah, Jonathan Lewis, Tommy McNamara and James Sands.

City can make it 13 MLS Regular Season home games unbeaten and go level on points with Atlanta at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a win.

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NYCFC XI: Johnson, Sweat, Tinnerholm, Chanot, Callens, Ring, Ofori, Matarrita, Wallace, Moralez, Medina

Subs: Stuver, Abdul-Salaam, Awuah, Ibeagha, McNamara, Sands, Lewis

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