1. No Yangel No Party.
Heading into the 2017 season, fans were super excited that Yangel Herrera was joining us on a season long loan. However, early in the season, he wasn’t getting the minutes the fans were hoping for. With the decline of Pirlo, Vieira decided to give the teenager a chance, and Herrera did not disappoint. His first start for the club was in late April in Columbus where he grabbed a goal and an assist. He then went on to captain his Venezuelan side to the U-20 World Cup final where he was arguably the best player at the tournament. Since his return he has started every game for NYCFC and continued to impress. With the likes of Alex Ring and Maxi Moralez, it is easy to overlook Herrera’s importance. However, it is very apparent when he is not playing, and unfortunately, this proved to be true in Toronto. Herrera was serving his suspension for a red card he received in NYCFC’s last match. Yangel Herrera is going to be missed greatly when his loan spell ends, and NYCFC will have the difficult task of replacing him.
2. Yes Pirlo… Still No Party.
Just as there are players who are super important, there are also players who are quite the opposite. For the first time in a very long time, Pirlo is one of those “unimportant players”. The Italian midfielder has had a very rough 2017 season, having only started 9 times for the club. In those 9 games, NYCFC has lost 6 times, drawn once and grabbed two wins. In games that Pirlo doesn’t start, the club has won 8 games, drawn 3 times and lost just once. Pirlo was a phenomenal player, but if you were to look at his NYCFC stint, you would not know that. Pirlo is still capable of picking it passes that most players around the world still could not pick out, but more often than not, he disappoints. In a league where good legs are important, Pirlo is almost useless. After his performance in Toronto, Pirlo in an NYCFC kit may be a rare sighting in the future.
3. A win against the Red Bulls will make everything okay.
This one is pretty straight forward and I promise I won’t put too many numbers in your head during this one. NYCFC will welcome the New Jersey side to Yankee Stadium a week from today and grabbing three points will calm down all of our supporters. NYCFC have not lost two games in a row this season and they’ll be hoping that trend continues against the Red Bulls. It is the second MLS meeting of the season between the two teams separated by a state border, and NYCFC will hope to beat the Red Bulls again. This is the second of three meetings between the two this season, and nothing will make NYCFC supporters happier than a season sweep against their rivals who are… from New Jersey. Everything will be forgotten in Toronto if NYCFC can manage to grab three points against the Red Bulls. The blue side of New York will more than likely welcome Yangel Herrera back into the lineup, and will field a stronger team than they did against Toronto.