NYCFC: Winless skid continues after 2-0 loss


Well, no one really saw this coming as New York City FC‘s winless streak has hit to six games after the 2-0 loss against the Philadelphia Union. Going with the same 4-3-3 formation, Patrick Vieira went with a totally different line-up and switched out his entire midfield.

Going with Federico Bravo, Kwadwo Poku and Mikey Lopez, Vieira was hoping for a different result, but in the end, his plans folded on him. Once again, week in and week out, the defensive line was the main issue and cost NYCFC the game. Rookie mistakes from Frédéric Brillant and Jason Hernandez were caught by the Union and NYCFC paid the price.

The Union got the early 1-0 lead in the 26th minute when NYCFC had trouble clearing the ball from the box. The relentless Tranquillo Barnetta found a way to get a pass to Chris Pontius who tapped in past a diving Josh Saunders.

It was the same story again late in the first half as CJ Sapong caught a deflection off Sebastian Le Toux‘s shot and gave the Union a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute. As for NYCFC, they dominated the stat sheet but had nothing to show for it.

Leading in passes, shots and possession, the boys in blue mightily struggled to find the net. They would have some chances, but nothing terrifying for the Union. It was usual performance from Ronald Matarrita who pushed up, got wide and made some nice crosses. The disappointing performance of the match unfortunately goes to Kwadwo Poku.

The midfielder could not find his groove and lost the ball multiple times leaving Vieira no other option but to replace him with Thomas McNamara. Around the 71st minute, Matarrita made way for R.J Allen as the New York native made his season debut.

In the end, Vieira and his squad left PPL Park disappointed and frustrated. You could even see  the captain, David Villa‘s frustrations on the field. The veteran striker did everything he can to get the ball in the net, but maybe felt his back field didn’t have the same urgency as him.

Now, Vieira and his boys will have to look ahead to Wednesday’s match-up against Eastern Conference leaders, the Montreal Impact. The Frenchman will have to change up his line-up drastically if he wants to see some points.

Whatever changes are made, today’s performance cannot be duplicated.