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

Repeat

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 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 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…]