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NYCFC looking forward to Jonathan Lewis reunion Saturday in Colorado

After struggling for playing time with NYCFC, Lewis has blossomed with the Rapids, scoring in three consecutive games

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. — There will be a familiar face for Anton Tinnerholm to deal with Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when New York City FC squares off the Colorado Rapids.

Facing his former club for the first time will be Jonathan Lewis, who was traded to the Rapids May 7 for $650,000 in Targeted Allocation Money an a 2020 international roster slot.

The 22-year-old has been a regular starter for the Rapids on the left wing and it’s likely Tinnerholm will see plenty of the speedy USMNT player.

“I faced him a lot of times in training sessions, of course,” Tinnerholm said after training Wednesday. “He’s a good player and it feels like he’s been a little more confident and played a lot more games there. I’m surprised he scored that many goals because here he couldn’t score.”

Lewis was limited to just six appearances in his third season with NYCFC, starting a pair of games. Since the move to Colorado, Lewis has started four of the five games he’s appeared in and scored in three consecutive games, including an equalizer in a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers Saturday after returning from the Concacaf Gold Cup.

NYCFC coach Dome Torrent said the trade was a win-win for both Lewis and NYCFC.

“I’m happy for him because he has more opportunities to play in Colorado, it’s good news for him,” Torrent said. “Here when you have six or seven good players, its not easy to play.”

Torrent said it was just a numbers game for Lewis, who had six goals and three assists in 31 appearances sine NYCFC selected him third overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

He said its a situation that happens around the world, at big clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“If you want to play with Real Madrid you have to be ready sometimes to start on the bench or not all the time in the XI. That happened with Jona, he’s a good, good player, he’s a young player and I’m happy for him because he’s a good guy,” Torrent said. “I think it’s better for both teams, for Colorado because they sign a good player and even for New York City because it’s not easy to convince Jona sometimes I want to play with [Alexandru Mitrita], with [Ismael Tajouri-Shradi], with Heber, with Maxi Moralez, with Taty [Castellanos].”

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