New York City FC's current surge has come entirely at home, where success has been consistent. It's been a different story on the road.
For the Chicago Fire, wins have been hard to come by regardless of where they've played.
Looking to extend their season-high winning streak to four games, NYCFC aims for its first road triumph in more than a month on Wednesday night against the Fire.
New York City (8-5-2, 26 points) closed July in grand fashion, outscoring CF Montreal, Orlando City SC and the Columbus Crew 10-1 to win its final three matches. All came at home, where NYCFC is 6-2-1 and won five straight.
"The results are going to come if the performances are going to be good," NYCFC defender Anton Tinnerholm said.
"Now, we have to keep the momentum and keep it going."
On the road, though, NYCFC is just 2-3-1, totaled eight goals and dropped two in a row following a 2-1 victory at LAFC on May 29. But the club is enjoying a 4-0-1 stretch against the Fire, with the most recent victory in the series coming 4-3 at Chicago last November.
The Fire (3-9-4, 13 points) have managed five goals during an 0-2-2 overall rut that dates back to consecutive wins on July 3 and 7. Chicago's Przemyslaw Frankowski opened the scoring in 10th minute at Philadelphia on Sunday, but the visitors played with 10 men from the 34th minute on and conceded the equalizer before the half in a 1-1 road draw.
"We take the point and move forward," Chicago defender Francisco Calvo said. "Take the point and go home, sleep, and (on Wednesday), we have another game."
Fire star Robert Beric (two goals) failed to score in a fourth straight contest. Both of his goals this season, however, have come at home.
NYCFC's Valentin Castellanos scored his sixth of the season in Friday's 4-1 victory over Columbus. After scoring in each of his first three road matches in 2021, Castellanos has been blanked over his most recent three away from home.
NYCFC could have Sean Johnson back in net upon his return from international duty for the U.S. in the Gold Cup.
--Field Level Media