Defender Ronald Matarrita has missed 11 games over 2 1/2 months. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Midfielder Mikey Lopez and defenders Ronald Matarrita and Ethan White are eligible for selection for New York City FC’s game against the Houston Dynamo at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. Saturday.
Matarrita, a Costa Rican international, missed 11 games over 2 1/2 months with a fractured foot and could make his first appearance in a City uniform since June.
White and Lopez ready to play for the first time since City’s 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls Aug. 26.
Defensive midfielder Alex Ring was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.
Team captain and striker David Villa, who returned as a second-half sub in the 1-1 draw at the Colorado Rapids, is ready to go. It will be up to head coach Patrick Vieira to decide whether the Spanish international is ready to start.
A pair of other internationals — center back Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) and midfielder Yangel Herrera (Venezuela) — returned to training this week, but they are not ready to play just yet.
Saturday’s game is actually a home game for NYCFC, which was forced to play away from Yankee Stadium because the Yankees need to host a makeup against the Kansas City Royals Monday afternoon. The team says it needs 72 hours to covert the soccer pitch into a baseball field, so the Major League Soccer side was forced to schedule this game far from the confines of the Bronx.