Last night, I drank Coors Light around a bonfire in rural New Hampshire. A few of us were paying attention to Tom Kolker and Glenn Crooks's NYCFC radio broadcast. We picked a good night to kinda zone out, because New York City FC posted a goalless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
But this ain't small potatoes. No way; because GET THIS:
First-place New York City FC now has 37 points in the table through 24 games, which equals their total for the full 34 game season in 2015.
It feels good.
Vieira tossed out the same front six we're used to seeing, with David Villa in between Tommy McNamara and Jack Harrison up top in front of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and Andoni Iraola. Maxime Chanot made his full debut at center back and looked the part, adding on to an impressive 45 minute performance in last weekend's 5-1 smasher against Colorado.
On this occasion, though, Josh Saunders was the hero that New York City needed.
The veteran netminder snuffed out numerous threatening chances, including a couple of woulda-coulda-shouldas from Alberto Quintero and Anibal Godoy, who were out for blood on the night.
On the attack, the Blues were properly stifled by David Bingham and the Quakes. Jack Harrison's utter brilliance was muted, as the Bolton Brawler typically drew two or three defenders as he attempted to find space in the danger zone. Tommy McNamara was up to his old tricks to no avail, and Frank Lampard's goal-scoring tear hit the skids.
But the final whistle blew to mark Saunders's sixth clean sheet of the season. In a parity (parody?) league like MLS, a point on the road is worth the trouble just about every time.
Next up for the Blues: an away date at the Mapfre Stadium against the apocalyptic, hapless, stupefying Columbus Crew, who are -- allegedly -- the defending Eastern Conference champs. The action kicks off next Saturday at 7:30pm.