NYCFC and Chicago Fire play to a shocking draw

Unlike the first time they met, New York City FC and  the Chicago Fire drew at 0-0. Both NYCFC and Chicago had few opportunities and the box score showed that. Each team will leave with a point, but both feel they could have had the full three points.

The Yankee Stadium crowd could only do so much as the boys in blue could only muster a few chances in the small confines in the Bronx.

NYCFC ran out a 4-1-2-3 with Andrea Pirlo as a central defensive midfielder which included a second straight start for Stiven Mendoza with Patrick Mullins capturing his first. Chicago used a 4-2-2-2, but both formations were narrow in order to fit into the tight pitch size.

After a 4-3 win for NYCFC in the season opener, Chicago had to fix their defensive struggles and they did just that. NYCFC had chances from the usual suspects, David Villa, Thomas McNamara, Mix Diskerud, and Mendoza, but no one could capitalize. Josh Saunders was able to keep a clean sheet, which is a positive note on a rather gloomy draw.

Chicago and New York had a very competitive game which showed both sides their strengths and weaknesses. Each team found things to work on, but both should be content with their defensive efforts.

As this home stand finishes for NYCFC, you can assure there some disappoint as they squandered a mere two points out of a possible 12. The club hits the road next week as they go on to face the Columbus Crew. While the last place team is sitting with only two points, NYCFC need to come back strong and put these home performances behind them.