1. Terrific Trio
This might not be something we learned, but definitely something that was further emphasized by Sunday’s win over New Jersey. Maxi Moralez, Yangel Herrera and Alex Ring is probably the greatest midfield trio in the history of this sport. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much (it’s not) but they’re still an unbelievable trio. This was only the fifth time this season the three have started a match together. NYCFC are unbeaten in these five matches with four wins and a draw. Unfortunately, with Maxi Moralez receiving a yellow card against New Jersey, he’ll miss next weekend’s away date in L.A. But all three players having such a distinct role has been a key part of the team’s success. Hopefully after Maxi serves his suspension we can see these boys get a good run of games together to close out the season.
2. We’re Catching Up
The rivalry that you’re being told the Red Bulls have supposedly dominated is probably closer than you think. We’ll never escape the infamous 7-0, but in 8 MLS meetings, the Red Bulls have won 5, and after Sunday’s victory the good guys have won 3. If New York City grabs the series sweep with a win later in August, we’re right there. In NYCFC’s inaugural season we were dominated by a very good Red Bull side. However, since the start of last season we have had the better of the Hudson River Derby. Even better, since the 7-0 debacle we’ve only lost one league match against our rivals from New Jersey. The Red Bulls had their fun with Hudson River dominance. And now it’s our turn.
3. Contenders… Not Pretenders
Throughout the season, fans will wonder if their club has what it takes. Last year, a large portion of our fan base really believed we could ‘do it,’ but then we got to the playoffs and quickly realized we simply weren’t good enough. This year, however, myself and plenty of others really believe this could be the year. We’ve welcomed the hottest team in MLS (who just so happen to be our rivals) into our stadium and sent them back across the border with 0 points. Oh, and did I mention the lineup was weakened as well? We were missing both of our Costa Rican boys, plus Maxime Chanot. That’s more than a quarter of our starting XI! I think NYCFC have put something really special together and now is a great chance to get some silverware for the club. Despite Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to Chicago earlier in the season, I still think NYCFC can win the World Cup this year!