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New York City FC (8-7-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference) v Columbus Crew SC (9-4-4, third in the Eastern Conference)

Columbus, Ohio; Sunday, 6 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: New York City FC are playing Columbus in a defensive streak after conceding just eight goals in their last 10 games.

The crew is 8-4-2 against opponents of the Eastern Conference. Gyasi Zardes is the tenth best team in the MLS with eight goals. Columbus has scored 28 goals.

New York City FC is 9-7-3 against Eastern Conference teams. New York City FC is 4-6-0 in one-goal games.

The teams will meet on Sunday for the third time this season. New York City FC won the last meeting 1-0.

TOP PERFORMER: Pedro Santos has five goals and six assists for Columbus. Zardes has scored six goals for the crew in the last 10 games.

Alexander Ring has three goals and four assists for New York City FC. Anton Tinnerholm has scored three goals and two assists in the last 10 games for New York City FC.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Columbus: 4-3-3, averaging 1.5 goals, one assist, 3.6 shots on goal and 5.8 corners per game, while allowing 1.2 goals per game.

New York City FC: 5-2-3, average 1.7 goals, 1.1 assists, 6.1 shots on goal and seven corners per game at 0.8 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Columbus: Vito Wormgoor (injured), Darlington Nagbe (injured), Lucas Zelarrayan (injured), Waylon Francis (injured).

New York City FC: Heber (injured), Maxi Moralez (injured), Gedion Zelalem (injured), Tayvon Gray (injured).

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The Associated Press created this story using Sportradar technology and data provided by Data Skrive.

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