Can derby day success spark New York City FC back into life?
A fortnight ago, early goals from Alexander Callens and Santiago Rodríguez saw NYCFC win the Hudson River Derby, beating New York Red Bulls 2-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Before this, the champions had accumulated a measly five points from ten games, only beating Chicago Fire since 23 July.
Nevertheless, having been in blistering form beforehand, Nick Cushing’s team are fourth in the east, looking to rubber stamp their play-off berth here.
Orlando City though are just two places and four points below their hosts having played a game less.
Óscar Pareja led Orlando to the club’s first-ever piece of silverware in September, beating Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup Final.
Exploria Stadium was in party mode again a fortnight ago as the Lions demolishing Toronto 4-0.
Facundo Torres, Ercan Kara and Tesho Akindele all scoring.
Given that Orlando’s remaining three matches, this one, Inter Miami (A) and Columbus (H) are all against direct rivals, it’s very much all to play for.
Will there be a winner at Red Bull Arena?