Charlotte FC forward Daniel Rios (12) with the ball as New York City defender Vuk Latinovich (32) defends. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

With only three games remaining in the MLS regular season, every contest is important for New York City FC to secure a high MLS Playoffs Cup spot.

Some matches, however, might be deemed more important than others.

The Cityzens have two big games coming up this week that can help the team find away out of its incredible late season fuck – winless in their last five contests and only 1-7-2 in their last 10 encounters.

One game isn’t a league match, it’s the Campeones Cup, which pits the champions of the MLS (NYCFC, if you have forgotten) and Mexico (Atlas FC). They will tussle at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Then, it’s the Red Bulls in a Hudson River Derby confrontation at the stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17.

A trophy, a relatively minor one, is at stake in the former match, while the derby contest could go a long way in determining playoffs positions. The top four teams will get a first-round bye and at least home game in the playoffs.

So, a positive result in either or both could go a long way in boosting NYCFC’s confidence or point the faltering squad in the right direction.

“It’s an opportunity,” NYCFC interim head coach Nick Cushing said after his team’s 1-0 loss at Charlotte FC on Saturday. “Every game has an opportunity now for a reset because we need a result. We’re maybe lacking a little bit confidence or maybe lacking that winning feeling, that real winning edge.”

The Red Bulls entered the weekend action in third place in the MLS Eastern Conference, ahead of the fourth-place City side.

Parks admitted that the team’s “mood isn’t our best. I think anybody can guess that, based on our results at this tough time. Going in our game, we’re confident. We want to fight. We want to play. We want to score goals, play our game. We’re going in every game with the right mindset but it isn’t the best right now in the locker room and with the guys.

“We have some meetings and talks to have and hopefully we can get our mindsets turned around or attitude turn around and we get some wins and trophy, maybe on Wednesday.

“We’re going into every game wanting to win, fighting to win. We just had a series of unfortunate results right now. We really just need that that reset, whatever that may be. We’re looking forward to Wednesday. It’s another trophy to fight, to play for. We’re all excited for it and we’re going to go out there and do our best.”