Call it Disk-O demolition night.
In their final tune-up before the MLS season touches off at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, New York's sky blues controlled possession and were rarely challenged as they cruised to a 3-0 victory. The opponent, Charleston Battery of the third-tier United Soccer League, could scarcely stand up to NYCFC's quality.
NYCFC Starting XI:
DEF Brovsky, Wingert, Hernandez, Williams
MID Jacobson, Diskerud, Grabavoy, Ballouchy
FWD Villa (c), Nemec
SUBS Shelton for Villa (45'), Calle for Nemec (62'), Watson-Siriboe for Hernandez (65'), McNamara for Ballouchy (75'), Poku for Jacobson (86')
New York City took a 2-0 advantage into halftime thanks to a 26th minute effort by Ned Grabavoy and a cool finish from jockeyin' Slovakian Adam Nemec in the 37th.
To their credit, the Battery fan base -- namely, the Regiment and Queen Anne's Revenge supporters' groups -- were bloody but unbowed, even after losing Navion Boyd to a 51st minute red card following a blatant hand to the face of New York City's Jason Hernandez.
Without a doubt, however, the biggest story was Diskerud.
Honestly, forget the analysis on this one. Just watch what Javier Calle served up for the Mix Master in minute 64:
(Vine link courtesy of @RobUsry on Twitter)
Again, I'm not going to analyze this. I can't. I mean, Grabavoy gave it to Calle who gave it to...
We may still be unsure as to where Mix is best suited to play in the formation -- Jurgen Klinsmann has the same problem with him on the U.S. Men's National Team -- but these sublime moments are more than enough to table that conversation for another week or so. He even assisted on the first-half Nemec goal for good measure, his first dime since serving up Jozy Altidore in the U.S. Men's January 28th friendly against Chile.
For their part, the Battery were energetic and engaged upon the green, green grass of home, if not a bit resigned to play the long ball
The few counter-attacks they mustered amounted to nothing, as the always-pumped-up Josh Saunders kept frosty in goal. Charleston's best scoring chance, a tenacious effort by Dane Kelly, chipped innocuously over the crossbar at the end of the first half.
At the conclusion of the Carolina Challenge Cup, it was the Houston Dynamo who hoisted the hardware; and while questions remain in the run up to MLS's opening day, it was every bit of an encouraging evening for New York City. Sure, the players may strike, but for now, the only strike on the minds of NYCFC fans is the one that exploded off the boot of Number Ten.