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32-year-old Sophie Schmidt from Abbotsford, B.C., is expected to earn her 200th cap for the national team when Canada kicks off at the SheBelieves Cup against the United States on Feb. 18.
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32-year-old Sophie Schmidt from Abbotsford, B.C., is expected to earn her 200th cap for the national team when Canada kicks off at the SheBelieves Cup against the United States on Feb. 18.
Canada’s Justin Kripps and Cam Stones picked up their second bronze medals at the World Cup stop in St. Moritz, while German sleds swept the gold medals in Sunday’s races.
Francesco Friedrich won gold in the four-man race, extending his World Cup record with a 48th career victory. He prevailed by about three-tenths of a second over the Austrian sled driven by Benjamin Meier in Switzerland.
Kripps, from Summerland, B.C., teamed with Stones of Whitby, Ont., Ryan Sommer of White Rock, B.C., and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell to finish about a half-second off the pace. Kripps and Stones also picked up bronze in Saturday’s two-man race.
“It was awesome for us to get a double podium here in St. Moritz,” Kripps said. “We sure missed the crowds and the champagne this year but we’re loving building this momentum together.
WATCH | Canadian men pick up 4-man bronze in St. Moritz:
“Everything is crisp with the team on and off the ice, and that is a big part of our success. The devil is in the details. We’ve talked as a team about being the best in the world at each of our individual jobs, and I believe that is what is happening.”
Canada’s other sled, piloted by Calgary’s Chris Spring, finished 11th.
Codie Bascue had the top U.S. finish, placing 15th with Carlo Valdes, Blaine McConnell and Kyle Wilcox.
WATCH | Friedrich collects 48th World Cup victory:
In the women’s race, Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig held off the U.S. sled of Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman by 0.08 seconds. It was Meyers Taylor’s first World Cup medal since Feb. 23, 2019 — she missed last season for the birth of her son — and the fifth consecutive time she has medaled in St. Moritz.
Switzerland’s Melanie Hasler and Irina Strebel were third, the first top-three World Cup finish of their careers.
Christine De Bruin of Stony Plain, Alta., and Sara Villani of Norval, Ont., were eighth, and the Edmonton tandem of Alysia Rissling and Dawn Richardson Wilson were 11th.
The World Cup circuit now travels to Königssee, Germany.
The Calgary Flames rode superior special teams to a 4-1 win over demoralized Winnipeg Jets to start their qualifying-round series Saturday.
The Jets didn’t recover from losing centre Mark Scheifele to injury early in the first period. They were outshot 33-18 and dominated by the Flames in the second period.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan produced power-play goals and Tobias Rieder scored shorthanded in the second. Andrew Mangiapane added an empty-net goal.
Andrew Copp countered for the Jets in the first period.
WATCH | Scheifele leaves game with injury:
Cam Talbot made 17 saves for the win in his first playoff start with the Flames.
Whether it was the 33-year-old or David Rittich who would get the nod for Game 1 of the best-of-five series was much-debated in Calgary, and not revealed until game time.
Talbot had less work than Vezina Trophy nominee and Jets counterpart Connor Hellebuyck, although the Flames goaltender weathered three straight Jets power-play chances in the third.
Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots in the loss.
The potential loss of season scoring co-leader Scheifele would be devastating for Winnipeg’s Stanley Cup prospects.
The Flames (36-27-7) ranked eighth in the conference and the Jets (37-28-6) ninth when the NHL suspended the season March 12.
The only all-Canadian matchup in the NHL’s qualifying round had little history from the 2019-20 season.
WATCH | Reider scores short-handed goal:
Their lone meeting was the Oct. 26 outdoor Heritage Classic in Regina, which Winnipeg won 2-1 in overtime.
But animosity brewed in the first period when Scheifele went awkwardly into the boards at 5:41.
He appeared to jam his left leg under him as Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk applied his arm to Scheifele’s back.
As Scheifele writhed in pain, Winnipeg’s bench directed a stream of expletives at Calgary’s.
Tkachuk’s skate appeared to make contact with Scheifele’s. No penalty was called on the play.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler summoned Tkachuk for retributive justice on the Flames forward’s next shift. Tkachuk obliged and the two traded punches.
Just 31 seconds after that scrap, Adam Lowry dished a backhand from behind the net out front to Copp to whip over Talbot’s glove.
But Winnipeg otherwise mustered little offence with a power play held scoreless on seven chances.
WATCH | Jets vs. Flames series preview:
Jets winger Patrik Laine headed to the dressing room early in the third after a collision with Flames captain Mark Giordano.
Calgary went 2 for 4 with a man advantage.
Backlund buried a high shot on Hellebuyck’s blocker side at 18:14. Calgary’s Rieder shelved a backhand on a short-handed breakaway at 12:51.
The puck bobbling on a pass from Sean Monahan, Gaudreau deftly corralled it to get a sharp-angled shot away and by Hellebuyck’s glove at 7:06 to pull Calgary even.
The Jets and Flames got their first taste of playoff hockey without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cold, cavernous interior of Edmonton’s Rogers Place was tarted up with multiple large light screens throwing colour onto screens covering empty seats.
The clack of the puck on sticks and exhortations from the players’ benches were often the only sounds heard after faceoffs.
Calgary was the home team Saturday and will be again for Game 2 on Monday. Winnipeg is the home club in Tuesday’s Game 3.
Sam Staab’s header in the 77th minute pulled the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns on Sunday night in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament. Lindsey Horan’s diving header off a free kick from Meghan Klingenberg put the Thorns up 1-0 in the 69th minute. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe got a hand on the ball but it bounced into the goal off the crossbar. Staab scored for the Spirit on a back-heel volley from teammate Ashley Sanchez to tie the game up. Horan nearly gave the Thorns the win in the 88th minute but Bledsoe dove to deflect the shot. Portland is still looking for its first Challenge Cup victory. WATCH | Thorns FC and Spirit play to a draw: The Thorns were without defender Becky Sauerbrunn because of a left hip injury that will keep her out of the rest of the tournament. Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch were on the bench to start the game but both came in for the second half. Hatch got a shot off in the 61st minute but Thorns goalkeeper Bella Bixby leapt to push it away with one hand. The Spirit started rookie forward Averie Collins while the Thorns started rookie forward Morgan Weaver. Both were on the Washington State team that went to the College Cup semifinals last season.
Sam Staab’s header in the 77th minute pulled the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns on Sunday night in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament.
Lindsey Horan’s diving header off a free kick from Meghan Klingenberg put the Thorns up 1-0 in the 69th minute. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe got a hand on the ball but it bounced into the goal off the crossbar.
Staab scored for the Spirit on a back-heel volley from teammate Ashley Sanchez to tie the game up.
Horan nearly gave the Thorns the win in the 88th minute but Bledsoe dove to deflect the shot. Portland is still looking for its first Challenge Cup victory.
WATCH | Thorns FC and Spirit play to a draw:
The Thorns were without defender Becky Sauerbrunn because of a left hip injury that will keep her out of the rest of the tournament.
Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch were on the bench to start the game but both came in for the second half. Hatch got a shot off in the 61st minute but Thorns goalkeeper Bella Bixby leapt to push it away with one hand.
The Spirit started rookie forward Averie Collins while the Thorns started rookie forward Morgan Weaver. Both were on the Washington State team that went to the College Cup semifinals last season.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the quarter-finals at the Auckland Open on Tuesday in New Zealand. The Westmount, Que., native dispatched France’s eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 to move on at the tournament in which fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu reached the final last year. While Andreescu’s surprising run was a sign of things to come, Bouchard’s emergence could signal a revival. The 25-year-old has experienced a big drop in the rankings to 262nd since reaching No. 5 in 2014. Bouchard’s opening round win over Belgium’s Kristen Flipkens was her first above a 125K event (the lowest level on the WTA Tour) since last February in Dubai. Now, she’s put together two straight. A fantastic win for <a href=”https://twitter.com/geniebouchard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@geniebouchard</a> against <a href=”https://twitter.com/CaroGarcia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CaroGarcia</a>, 6-4, 6-4 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LoveItAll?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LoveItAll</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ASBClassic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ASBClassic</a> <a href=”https://t.co/S0z0mv6YWW”>pic.twitter.com/S0z0mv6YWW</a> —@ASB_Classic Against Garcia, Bouchard fired home two aces while double-faulting just once. Crucially, the Canadian produced 11 break points and converted on three of them, compared to just one break in five opportunities for Garcia. Bouchard’s next opponent will be the winner of a match between American No. 3 Amanda Anisimova and unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the quarter-finals at the Auckland Open on Tuesday in New Zealand.
The Westmount, Que., native dispatched France’s eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 to move on at the tournament in which fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu reached the final last year.
While Andreescu’s surprising run was a sign of things to come, Bouchard’s emergence could signal a revival. The 25-year-old has experienced a big drop in the rankings to 262nd since reaching No. 5 in 2014.
Bouchard’s opening round win over Belgium’s Kristen Flipkens was her first above a 125K event (the lowest level on the WTA Tour) since last February in Dubai. Now, she’s put together two straight.
A fantastic win for <a href=”https://twitter.com/geniebouchard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@geniebouchard</a> against <a href=”https://twitter.com/CaroGarcia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CaroGarcia</a>, 6-4, 6-4 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LoveItAll?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LoveItAll</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ASBClassic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ASBClassic</a> <a href=”https://t.co/S0z0mv6YWW”>pic.twitter.com/S0z0mv6YWW</a>
Against Garcia, Bouchard fired home two aces while double-faulting just once. Crucially, the Canadian produced 11 break points and converted on three of them, compared to just one break in five opportunities for Garcia.
Bouchard’s next opponent will be the winner of a match between American No. 3 Amanda Anisimova and unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.
It’s not just kids who get too much screen time and too little physical activity — adults are falling short, too.
That’s according to the first-ever report card for adults from Participaction, a non-profit group that promotes healthy living and typically ranks children’s fitness levels.
The new report gives Canadians over the age of 18 a D for overall physical activity, finding most spend far too much time sitting and not enough time getting heart-pumping exercise.
Adults get an F when it comes to moderate-to-vigorous activity, with the report finding just 16 per cent of adults get the recommended 150 minutes each week.
Participaction scientist Leigh Vanderloo acknowledges many Canadians are busy with work and family obligations, but she urges people to find pockets of time throughout the week.
She says that could include standing more at the office or parking the car further from your destination and walking the rest of the way. The key is to make physical activity a key part of everyday routines.
“Physical activity has really been socially engineered out of our day-to-day lives, from even as simple as the majority of the work we do no longer requires physical labour,” says Vanderloo.
“Can you do two 10- or 15-minute brisk walks? If you do, make sure that you have deodorant or face wipes or dry shampoo at your desk at all times so that that doesn’t become a barrier.”
Adults who put in more than 7,500 steps per day likely meet the guidelines, but only 52 per cent of adults do this, says the report, released Tuesday. About 29 per cent get between 5,000 and 7,499 steps per day.
Those with fewer steps are considered sedentary, and represent about 18 per cent of adults.
Vanderloo says Canadians generally spend too much time in a seated or reclined position. The study cites Statistics Canada data that found about 86 per cent of adults are sedentary for more than eight hours per day, excluding sleep time.
On an average day, adults say they spend 3.6 hours in a seated or reclined position in front of a screen.
“We’re more sedentary than before. Getting people to move more is always a focus but now we need to also reduce sedentary and sitting behaviour which is also detrimental,” says Vanderloo, suggesting office workers take more frequent “standing breaks” or “walking meetings.”
Physical inactivity can lead to increased risk of chronic diseases, cognitive decline, falls and social isolation among older adults.
Those aged 18 to 64 should also incorporate weight and bone strengthening activities at least twice a week, while older adults should work on improving balance to prevent slips and falls, says the report.
Vanderloo says activity levels generally decrease with age. Last year’s report card for kids found 62 per cent of three- to four-year-olds meet physical activity guidelines while only 35 per cent of five-to-17-year-olds did the same.
Staying active can be even more difficult as an adult because there are fewer organized sports activities and increased fear of injuries, says Vanderloo.
The report gave government a B- for promoting physical activity, but calls on all levels of government to ensure facilities and programs cater to adults as well as kids.
A new study shows female surgeons in Ontario earn less per hour than their male peers, despite the province’s clearly defined fee-for-service system.
The study, published today in the medical journal JAMA Surgery, analyzed data from more than 1.5 million surgical procedures claimed by 3,275 Ontario surgeons from the start of 2014 through 2016.
It found that overall, women make 24 per cent less per hour while operating, a gap linked to the types of surgeries they typically perform.
The research found women perform far fewer of the highest-paid primary procedures, and are often driven towards less lucrative specializations.
Two of the study’s authors, both surgeons at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, say it dispels the idea that a fee-for-service system such as the Ontario Health Insurance Program eliminates gender disparities in pay.
Dr. Fahima Dossa and Dr. Nancy Baxter say it also debunks the hypothesis that female surgeons may be earning less because they work shorter hours or less efficiently.
“Everyone’s always trying to explain gender differences by pathologizing women … ‘There’s something wrong with women, there’s something about the way women work or the way they negotiate or the way they behave in their space,’ instead of saying that the system’s kind of rigged against them,” Baxter said in an interview this week.
“What we were trying to do is deconstruct many of the arguments and say, ‘No, women are operating as quickly as men are, yet … they end up making less per hour.”‘
The pay gap persisted even after the researchers adjusted for specialty: the largest mean differences were in cardiothoracic surgery, where there was a discrepancy of $ 79.23 (US$ 59.64) per hour, and orthopedic surgery, where the gap was $ 73.66 (US$ 55.45).
Male surgeons also earned more hourly than female surgeons in gynecology, even though there are more women in that field, the study found. The mean difference there amounted to $ 22.90 (US$ 17.24) per hour.
When the 200 most common procedures were analyzed based on earnings per hour, the researchers found female surgeons performed more than a quarter of the least lucrative ones but less than six per cent of the highest-paid ones.
The proportion of women performing an operation dropped as the pay per hour for that procedure increased, the study shows.
The doctors say the dearth of women in certain surgical specialties limited some aspects of the research.
“We couldn’t even include neurosurgery in some of our analyses because there are under five women in the specialty,” Baxter said.
“In some cases, we didn’t find statistical or mathematical differences between males and females, and that’s because there were so few women in the specialty that our techniques for detecting the differences weren’t sensitive — there were too few women to be able to make those assessments,” Dossa added.
The study also doesn’t go into why women don’t have the opportunity to perform higher-paying surgeries, and Baxter and Dossa say that’s something they would like to examine in the future.
Biases in the fee-setting and referral processes likely play a role, Baxter said.
“When you look at who sets the fee codes for various procedures, in general, there aren’t a lot of women at those tables. So you have men that are setting the fee codes that affect everybody,” she said.
“I think that there’s substantial bias in that, and then there’s the gamesmanship in terms of what referrals are accepted.”
It can be difficult to find surgeons willing to accept referrals for procedures that don’t pay well for the time required, which means women — who typically get fewer referrals to begin with — often end up taking them on, she said.
“They’ll have to take the cases that other people turn down,” she said.
Andre De Grasse ended his Diamond League season on a fast note.
De Grasse, 24, ran a season-best time of 19.87 seconds to earn third place in the men’s 200 metres at the league finals on Friday in Brussels.
Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who upended De Grasse in the Canadian championships 100 final, placed fourth at 20 seconds even.
As rain began to fall in Belgium, American Noah Lyles continued making his case as the Tokyo Olympics gold medal favourite in the event with a victory at 19.74 seconds. Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev snagged second just one hundredth of a second ahead of De Grasse.
WATCH | Lyles snags Diamond League double ahead of De Grasse, Brown:
De Grasse’s time is just six hundredths off of his personal best set at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Brown, meanwhile, was just 0.05 behind his personal best set earlier this season in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Both men will now turn their attention to the world track and field championships which run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar. CBC Sports is the exclusive home of all live coverage from the event.
WATCH | De Grasse feeling healthy as track and field world championships approach:
Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford keeps making history.
After shattering her own 1,500 national mark last week by breaking the four-minute barrier, the 23-year-old lowered her 5,000 number by more than seven seconds to 14 minutes, 44.12 seconds.
WATCH | Hassan takes 5,000 ahead of DeBues-Stafford’s national record:
DeBues-Stafford placed seventh as Dutch runner Sifan Hassan raced to victory in 14:26.26. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen were second and third, respectively.
WATCH | DeBues-Stafford still aiming higher after latest Canadian record:
DeBues-Stafford was one of two Canadians to run in both halves of the Diamond League finals. She’s now achieved a Canadian record in each one.
Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel also competed in both meets, but placed seventh in the women’s 100 at 11.38 seconds on Friday, well off both her personal and season bests. Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith won the race with a season-best 10.88.
WATCH | Asher-Smith bolts to 100 win:
Pole vaulter Alysha Newman, another national record holder, sewed up third place in the event on Friday but failed to clear 4.83 metres, which would have broken the mark of 4.82 metres she set earlier this season.
WATCH | Alysha Newman vaults to third place:
Canada’s lone winner on the day was Sage Watson, who took first place in women’s 400 hurdles at 55.58 seconds. While that wasn’t a Diamond League event, it bodes well for Watson that she was able to fend off several high-end competitors.
WATCH | Medicine Hat’s Sage Watson wins women’s Diamond League 400m hurdles:
Watson should be considered a podium contender at worlds after this result.
Watch a replay of the Diamond League Finals on CBC’s weekly Road to the Olympic Games show on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
When the heat was on, Bianca Andreescu found a way to raise her tennis game at the U.S. Open on a sweltering Wednesday night in New York City.
It was a hot and humid — stifling really — evening inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Andreescu couldn’t stop sweating. She wiped her face. She wiped down her arms and legs. She tried to stay focused.
But the early going of her quarter-final match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens was proving to be nearly impossible for Andreescu to make a shot.
Down one set and frustrated throughout much of the night, the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., seeded 15th, was nonetheless able to compose herself under the bright lights, battling back against the No. 25 seed Mertens to win a gruelling three-set match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The match lasted two hours and one minute.
Andreescu is now the second Canadian to ever advance to the U.S. Open semifinals — after Carling Bassett in 1984 — and the fourth woman in history to reach the semifinals in her Open debut. Andreescu will play the No. 13-ranked Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic in Thursday night’s semifinal.
Andreescu has won 12 consecutive three-set matches and is 17-3 this year when the matches go the distance.
“This is honestly so crazy. A year ago I was in the qualifying round suffering from a back injury. I’m speechless,” she said in her post-match on-court interview.
“I need someone to pinch me right now. Is this real life? Is this real life?”
The New York crowd roared as Andreescu stood at centre court after her victory, amazed by what she had accomplished. It wasn’t easy though.
Andreescu was feeling the pressure early in the match. Mertens was taking the game to the young Canadian, painting the lines with perfect form and forcing Andreescu into difficult situations on the court.
Andreescu had 14 unforced errors in the first set as Mertens cruised to an easy 6-2 win. Mertens had dropped just 16 games coming into the match, the fewest among the remaining players at the U.S. Open.
The game start had been delayed by 20 minutes due to the men’s quarter-final. That meant the crowd had to exit the stadium and re-enter before the Andreescu-Mertens match. They took their time.
The fans also seemed disinterested at first, talking loudly and creating a distracting murmur. The players pushed on as people continued to talk loudly in the stands.
Andreescu needed to refocus for the second set if she wanted to stay alive at the U.S. Open.
Asked what she was thinking after dropping the first set, Andreescu didn’t mince her words in the post-match interview.
“Get your [expletive] together,” Andreescu said frankly. Cue the comeback.
The turning point came in the second set at 2-2. Andreescu found herself down 0-30 in her service game and needed a spark. That’s when she lunged at a brilliant cross-court shot by Mertens and played a perfect volley.
That point changed the game. From there, Andreescu won the next 12 of 13 points.
From that point, she showed the power and prowess many had been accustomed to seeing from the young tennis phenom.
Re-energized, Andreescu started ripping forehand winners, bouncing around the court and pumping her fist after winners.
“Come on!” she yelled. “Let’s go.”
Andreescu forced a third and deciding set with a decisive 6-2 second-set win.
The two would trade games early in the third before Andreescu broke Mertens at 4-4. Andreescu served out the match in front of a capacity Arthur Ashe crowd.
“I’ve been working a lot on my fitness and mental strength,” Andreescu said. “It’s all the hard work I’ve put in.”
Andreescu finished last season ranked 178th in the world. But with a record of 43-4 and two WTA wins already this year, she’ll be in the top 10 rankings as the last major of the year comes to a close.
Prior to Wednesday night’s match, Andreescu said it was a “dream come true” to be walking onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium court in prime time to be playing a quarter-final match-up.
But it’s clear the teenage tennis star isn’t content with a semifinal appearance. She wants this dream-like season to include two more wins at the U.S. Open.
Saturday's draw between the Montreal Impact and New York City FC didn't sit well with either team considering what was on the line.
Midfielder Micheal Azira scored a game-tying goal in the 27th minute as the Impact held on for a 1-1 draw against New York City FC on Saturday.
Watch Azira's equalizing goal:
Montreal (12-14-4) defender Rudy Camacho gave the visitors an early lead when he scored an own goal. But the Impact tied the game 10 minutes later, thanks to a strike from Azira.
Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush couldn't keep a clean sheet, but was crucial for the home side with four saves.
Despite earning a point against a top Eastern Conference team, Impact manager Remi Garde says his players were "disappointed" with the result after the match.
"I think it's a fair result," Garde said. "We had chances in the second half but I don't think we played well enough to say that we should have won that game."
"Everyone wanted to win and we didn't win," Impact defender Daniel Lovitz said. "I think we generally weren't happy with not winning against a team like that. [NYCFC's] been a team that's been at the top of the East since as long as we can remember."
Even Azira, who "felt good" after scoring against NYCFC, couldn't help but lament the lost points against a potential Eastern Conference playoff opponent.
"We will take a point," Azira said. "But when you're playing at home it's always good to get three points. Tonight, we wanted to get a clean sheet. That didn't happen but at least we got a point. We stay in the race for the playoffs so we have to keep on pushing,"
In the visitors' locker room, NYCFC felt they left points on the table.
"It was an important point, but what we've been missing in the last games is a win," NYCFC's Jo Inge Berget said. "It was a good game and we got a good point, but still we didn't get the win that we came here for."
The Impact remain in sixth place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. Montreal is five points ahead of seventh-place D.C United, who have two games in hand. The Impact have picked up points in four of their last five matches, but still need all the points they can get to maintain their hold on the final playoff spot in the East.
Meanwhile, New York City FC (14-8-8) is third in the conference and needed a win to clinch a playoff berth for a third straight season. NYCFC is winless in their last six matches, with their last win coming Aug. 12 against Toronto FC.