New York 2, New York 1
It was a great night in Harrison and the better team won. The first Hudson River Derby (that name still doesn’t feel right) ended 2-1 to Red Bulls, who seized upon opportunities afforded them in a sloppy game from NYCFC. City’s defensive work on Sunday night was easily the worst so far in a season full of lousy performances. Strip away context and this was simply a good Major League Soccer team beating a bad one. But it’s impossible to ignore the real story here, Red Bulls striking first blood in what’s obviously going to become a huge rivalry. The win likely provided their supporters with equal parts jubilation and relief. [Read more…]
SEATTLE 3, NEW YORK 1
I guess that’s what a top team looks like. New York City FC welcomed Supporter’s Shield and US Open Cup holders Seattle Sounders FC to Yankee Stadium Sunday in a game that clearly outlined the hierarchy of MLS. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins put on a show, combining for three goals in a winning effort. We knew there was a major difference in quality going into the game and at the very least it provided New York with a reference point – now they know how far it is to the summit. [Read more…]
PORTLAND 1, NEW YORK 0
It’s been a week to forget for New York City FC. After consecutive disappointing performances against Philadelphia, tonight’s game against Portland felt like an opportunity to turn things around. The Timbers began the night in last place in the Western Conference, fresh off a convincing defeat dealt out by Kaka and Orlando City FC last week. They also had to travel across the country for this game while NYCFC hasn’t had a real trip in nearly a month. Add it all up and this one felt like exactly the antidote New York needed. Instead it was more of the same. [Read more…]
NEW YORK 1, PHILADELPHIA 1
Going into the back-to-back games with Philadelphia – widely considered the worst team in MLS heading into last weekend – most agreed that New York had a good chance of picking up six points, four if you were being conservative. Instead they came away with one. Jason Kreis’ side controlled large chunks of both games, but missed chances and late defensive lapses proved costly. [Read more…]
PHILADELPHIA 2, NEW YORK 1
I watched this game on tape delay.
My setup for watching the loss against Philadelphia was less than ideal. The delayed start meant the game conflicted with other Saturday evening plans. I knew it would be hard to watch “live” so I set the DVR and headed out hoping for the best. Things didn’t really work out. I spent the evening tracking the score on my phone and managed to catch some of the delayed broadcast in a crowded bar. It wasn’t until this afternoon that I had an opportunity to sit down and watch the game in full. [Read more…]
As everyone knows by now, today’s New York City FC game against Philadelphia will not be broadcast live on local TV due to a conflict with the New York Yankees postgame show. Instead YES will begin the NYCFC broadcast on tape delay at 5pm, an hour after kickoff. While this kind of arrangement might have worked 35 years ago it’s a more of an issue today. Like many fans I prefer to watch the game while simultaneously monitoring Twitter, reddit and various other online platforms. It’s basically impossible in 2015 to pretend the game isn’t happening for an hour while waiting for a delayed broadcast to start. [Read more…]
KANSAS CITY 1, NEW YORK 0
Belated thoughts after the first loss in New York City FC history.
It’s a small sample size but thus far the club has gone on the road for draws, while saving the results for home. With nearly three weeks to go until the next home game (Philadelphia Union, April 16th) it’s likely that last night was the last cold weather setting we’ll have to endure – at least until the playoffs.
New York’s crowd is a work in progress. There was a different atmosphere in the building last night. The opener two weeks ago felt like a major event, this time around things were more subdued. The game was officially a sell-out with 27,454 in attendance but the upper deck was closed off so it still felt fairly empty. Obviously drawing 25,000+ is great, the club and league will be thrilled if that keeps up all season, but it just highlights another drawback of playing in Yankee Stadium. The place is simply too big for the usual MLS crowd. [Read more…]
NEW YORK 0, COLORADO 0
For the second time this season, Josh Saunders was Man of the Match. Through three games Saunders has been the only constant for New York. He’s providing the club with the exact qualities Jason Kreis and Claudio Reyna were likely targeting when they acquired him – consistency and veteran leadership.