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FCC-New York City FC Preview

New York City FC has gotten something out of all but one match it's played this season. Just not usually as much as it would like.

NYCFC might have a good chance at earning a victory in its final contest before the lengthy break on Thursday night against visiting FC Cincinnati, which tries to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

On only one occasion this season, NYCFC (4-1-8) has failed to earn at least a point in a match. However, it's managed just four victories, and the eight draws are the most in MLS.

City concluded a 2-0-2 road stretch with a second consecutive draw, 2-2 at Columbus on Saturday. Heber equalized with a goal in the 57th minute and Valentin Castellanos did the same in the 76th for the visitors.

"I think we deserved to win the game," Heber, who has four goals in nine league matches this season, told NYCFC's official website.

"We have to keep working this way and we need to think now about the next game."

That next contest comes before City, and eventually the rest of the league, break for CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Open and international play until later this month. It also will be NYCFC's first look at expansion Cincinnati (3-10-2), which has dropped eight of nine and currently resides at the bottom of the MLS table.

Cincinnati fell 3-1 at resurgent Colorado last weekend, and has been outscored 10-2 during a three-game losing streak. Kekuta Manneh's goal tied the Rapids at 1-all in the 72nd minute, but the hosts took the lead right back one minute later, then added some insurance in the 82nd.

"A frustrating game," interim coach Yoann Damet told Cincinnati's official website. "We spoke this week about the urgency, the urgency of implementing our style of play and better content during the games coming together.

"I think the urgency is also to be more clinical. We created a couple of chances (Saturday at Colorado), but, unfortunately, we didn't get rewarded."

Cincinnati, which boasts a league-low 12 goals scored, will try to snap a six-game road losing streak that dates to a 2-0 win at New England on March 24.

"The message doesn't change," Damet said this week. "Every week is about focusing on the next game. We're focused on New York. It's a quick turnaround for us.

"The focus is on us, and how we are going to work."

Updated June 4, 2019

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