It’s shouldn’t have come down to this. But since Domé Torrent has taken over, New York City FC have been run into the ground over the past several months. And because of this absolute calamity, NYCFC aren’t guaranteed a playoff game at home unless they can pull out a positive result against the Philadelphia Union this Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Thus, if recent rumors are to be believed, Sunday could be the last time that inaugural captain David Villa takes the field in the South Bronx should City crack under the pressure.
The thought of New York City without the presence of Villa is completely alien to fans of the club. The Spanish legend signed with NYCFC back in 2014 and remains one of only two players who remain from the first-ever squad back in 2015, the other being Tommy McNamara.
Obviously, it’s still too early to think about losing El Guaje just yet. After all, City do control their own destiny this Sunday and will likely home-field advantage with just a draw. But it all comes down to how poor NYCFC have been recently. I mean, does anyone really expect much from a squad that is 2-5-3 in their last 10 games? Let’s say they do lose on Sunday. Do you expect them to win a playoff game on the road when they’ve been abysmal away from New York? I’m not saying they’re incapable; past performances prove they are. But the Bronx Blues have lost their identity and any momentum they had before the summer.
And should this weekend go wrong, it could be only a matter of time before they lose Villa too. And may the soccer gods bless an NYCFC team without Villa in 2019, especially with Torrent still at the helm.