It's gonna be OK.
Yes, Wednesday night was dark. New York City FC let a golden opportunity for three points slip through their fingers. I wrote a pretty angry recap on the train ride home. Ultimately, it was too angry to publish, but here are the main themes of the rant:
We look tired. Not just this match, but the last month.
We are leaving way too many points on the table. Like, wayyyy too many.
We are into June and have a really solid chance of making the playoffs.
But the last 5 games have been anything but inspired football from NYCFC.
And that's all I have to say about Wednesday. It is behind us, time to move on. We have a stretch of upcoming matches in the NYC area and we should expect to get beaucoup points out of June.
Time to get positive.
What I’m watching for against the Philadelphia Union:
- Big returns: During the New England Revolution match, which Alexander Ring was suspended for, there were several moments where his absence was noticeable. The lack of his energy and aggression (hence his yellow cards) was evident on the pitch in a bad, bad way. The good news is that he'll be back, and most likely starting a fresh collection of yellow cards anew. The other notable return could include Ronald Mattarita, who has been out since the previous Philly match with a high ankle sprain.
- We have the edge historically: Since the beginning of recorded New York City Football Club history, the Boys in Blue have gone 3-2-1 vs Philadelphia. The Union are 4-1-1 in their last six fixtures overall, however, while City has gone a sleepy 3-2-1. Game on, fellas.
- Stoppable force meets movable mountain: Philly got off to a horrible start but currently have been on a bit of a tear. One of the big factors is their defending— stingy would be a proper descriptor for the unit. But keep in mind that Jack Harrison managed to crack it open in the last match, and David Villa managed to drop a showstopping goal over Andre Blake from 50 yards.
But can we do it again?
What will happen is...
It will be interesting to see what Patrick Viera draws up given the players he has available. Yangel Herrera is off with the Venezuelan U-20 team, Rodney Wallace is of repping Costa Rica, and Andrea Pirlo and Khiry Shelton are both injured.
Nothing is fucked here, dude.
But it's time to get after it.