“Knee-Jerk Reactions” is Hudson River Blue’s series of what we were thinking throughout the match. These were our unfiltered thoughts as they played out in real time — no editing, no revisions. Just raw, pure emotion.
Here were my reactions to New York City FC’s disappointing playoff exit at the hands of Atlanta United:
PG: I’m nervous. I don’t want to be, but I am
2’: “Tajouri-SHRAE-DEE” - Taylor Twellman, 2018
10’: If it’s even close to a foul, you best believe Geiger’s gonna call it
12’: What’s with the long balls!?
15’: Dammit, that was so close
20’: This game is gonna give me a heart attack
23’: Here we go
25’: Welp. That’s pretty much it, folks.
42’: Game over.
45’: Too little, too late. Unless they have two more in them, it’s over
HT: This team has somehow dragged me back in. Damn it all.
C’MON, CITY! LET’S DO THIS!
54’: Maxi almost scored a header. I’m done
56’: Dammit, so close
60’: The clock is ticking. I want to believe. I really do.
65’: What a save!
72’: My hope is slipping away
89’: Just end it, please. Make it stop
FT: And just like that, it was over.
Yes, there was some strong language used in this. But my heart was breaking and I didn’t know what to write other than that.