Sunday, July 29, 2018

NYCFC's Shutout Streak Ends In Seattle

Seattle's Harry Shipp, who scored Sunday, getting a shot off. USA Today Sports.

New York City Football Club's streak of four straight wins, all of which were shutouts, was snapped on Sunday when they lost, 3-1, to the Seattle Sounders.

NYCFC's scoreless streak lasted 434 minutes, and was snapped when Cristian Roldan got Seattle on the board in the 36th minute.

It stayed that way until the second half when Gustav Roldan, on a feed from Nicolas Lodeiro, gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute.

In the 68th minute, NYCFC got one back when Jo Inge Berget went drove past a Seattle defender and delivered a cross which just had to be tapped home by JesusMedina for his fifth goal for NYCFC.

That was as close as they would get, as Seattle put the game away in the 86th minute when Harry Shipp, on a feed from Will Bruin, made it 3-1.

With the loss, NYCFC drops to 13-4-5, with 43 points, and they remain in second place in the Eastern Conference. They lost ground to first place Atlanta United, who beat Montreal, 2-1, on Saturday to improve to 14-5-4, with 47 points. NYCFC maintained their two point lead over the Red Bulls (13-2-6, 41 points), who lost to Columbus, 3-2, on Saturday night.

NYCFC Head Coach Domenec Torrent said of how his team performed, “We played well the first half. We played compact. They had problems in between lines that they don’t find the players who play inside because we played really well. We defended well. We defended compact. And after that, we are able to create three or four chances in the first half. But football is when you are more clinical than the opponent. That is football. The football is a goal. You try to score a goal. Sometimes you have the control, you keep the ball all the time and you have the control. But if you are not able to score, that happens. At the end, you lose the game. But I think the difference between this game and the last game we play, for me, in my opinion, is much better. But we lose the game. That is the summary for me. But I am very happy, especially for [Ronald Matarrita] because Mata is coming. He’s another player in this game because he had a lot of problems because he was injured for one month. That was news for us. Okay, I say to them, ‘Okay, eat well, rest well, sleep well, because we have to be ready for the next game.’ That is soccer.”

On why he was happier with this performance than in Orlando, where they won on Thursday night, Torrent said, “I don’t understand the coaches when they say, ‘We won the game, we play well.’ Sometimes it’s not good to say something like that because you confuse your players. We didn’t play well against Orlando, and Orlando deserved to win the game. It’s my opinion. And today, maybe a draw is not bad. Okay, we were similar to Seattle, and the difference is the long travel and the tough field. You play another when you play on synthetic field because if you want to play fast, you need to control. But, okay. MLS is something like that. I accept. I move here, and I have to improve. And the players, of course, because we had many, many problems with the throw-in, for example. The first goal was a throw-in. Okay, we have to improve. It’s the best way to play the next game and then the next game. After that, I have a lot of experience when you lose the game. I say to them, ‘Keep your head up because we have to be very proud.’ Until the last second, they fight for every single ball. That is the way to keep going and to keep going. You have to improve if you’re playing that way.”

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