Post-Match Thoughts – Game 7 – Portland Timbers 1, NYCFC 0

Wood Pile

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…]

Post-Match Thoughts – Game 6 – NYCFC 1, Philadelphia Union 1

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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…]

Post-Match Thoughts – Game 5 – Philadelphia Union 2, NYCFC 1

Liberty Bell

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…]

NYCFC on Tape Delay Today – Will it Happen Again?

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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…]

Post-Match Thoughts – Game 4 – Sporting Kansas City 1, NYCFC 0

Snow Soccer

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…]

Post-Match Thoughts – Game 3 – NYCFC 0, Colorado Rapids 0

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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.

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Post-Match Thoughts – Game 2 – NYCFC 2, New England Revolution 0

Empire State Orange

NEW YORK 2, NEW ENGLAND 0

It was a night of firsts as New York City FC hosted the defending Eastern Conference Champions.  The first game at Yankee Stadium – a venue that will be the club’s home for at least one season – and also New York’s first-ever win.  Over 43,000 showed up and the hosts provided the requisite fireworks.  Here’s what caught my attention. [Read more…]

A Brief History of Home Openers in MLS and New York City

Be Alert

With New York City FC opening its temporary home this weekend, I thought it’d be nice to take a look back at how these things have gone in the past. Two groups seemed appropriate to focus on – prior MLS Expansion teams, and other New York Metro area sports franchises.

In compiling this information I was hoping to find some sort of trend. Maybe a surge of emotion propels the home team to victory far more often than would otherwise be expected. Or perhaps the opposite is true – the pressure of the moment is overwhelming and the hosts are normally doomed. At the very least the setting should produce memorable moments – comebacks, dramatic winners, games that can be explained in a sentence and become part of team lore – right? [Read more…]

Post-Match Thoughts – Game 1 – NYCFC 1, Orlando City SC 1

Lion Tamer

NEW YORK 1, ORLANDO CITY 1

The first match in NYCFC history almost ended in victory, but an extra-time goal from Kaka salvaged a point for Orlando in the Citrus Bowl. A draw was probably all New York deserved from a match that the hosts dominated for long stretches. Here are a few thoughts on the game: [Read more…]

Who Are These Guys? NYCFC 2015 Roster – Midfield

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New York City FC’s midfield is the deepest unit on the roster and also the most experienced.  It’s also the group that’s gotten the most attention in recent months, with Frank Lampard and Mix Diskerud dominating headlines and discussion boards.  This is the engine that will drive NYCFC in 2015.  There’s a lot to cover so let’s get started. [Read more…]