When Rodney Wallace takes the field for New York City FC on Saturday afternoon, the 28-year-old will have the opportunity to score in a third consecutive match for the first time in his career.
However, this season has already shown that New York City FC needs more than just another strong performance to guarantee a good result against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
City has arguably had the better of the chances in all three of its matches over the first month of the season, yet only pulled out a victory in one, a 4-0 drubbing of D.C. United on March 12.
And after a 1-1 draw against Montreal on March 18, there may be added pressure to take the full three points in the finale of a three-game homestand.
"We're really frustrated because we think we should win this game and take the three points because of the way we played and the chances we created," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said to mlssoccer.com after that draw. "But this is the game of football. If you don't take your chances you leave the door open for the opposition team."
San Jose has two wins from its first three matches but is still seeking to end a four-match road losing streak. The Earthquakes haven't earned a victory away from home since a 2-1 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps on Aug. 12 of last year.