New York City FC will look to continue a late push toward the top of the Eastern Conference standings when it welcomes the New England Revolution to Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening.
New York City (13-7-4, 43 points) is arguably the hottest team in the league after winning their seventh match in 10 games last weekend, a 2-0 victory at the Los Angeles Galaxy that included a sparkling first goal from 20-year-old rookie Jonathan Lewis.
And while MLS Golden Boot contender David Villa's 18 goals are the driving force behind NYCFC's continued improvement, the development of Lewis and other youngsters are big factors.
"You talk about a player who's young, who's worked extremely hard to get to a point of starting and contributing to this team," NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson told MLSsoccer.com after Saturday's win. "I told him before the game, 'Look, you've got what it takes. You know that. Keep going at them, keep doing your thing, keep putting pressure on their back line, empty your tank. At the end of the day, you know your abilities so when you get on the ball don't be afraid to go at players.'" >> Read more
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