Following the preseason, I thought about creating a depth chart for New York City FC. Ultimately, I decided against it because I felt I just didn’t have enough information to make such decisions. Lo and behold, I made the right call. I really didn’t believe Patrick Vieira would start Ben Sweat and Rodney Wallace in the season opener, but he did. And thus far, it has worked for him. Clearly, Vieira is the smarter soccer mind here.
After two games and with everyone being relatively healthy, I believe there is enough data to take a stab at creating a full, working depth chart. Without further ado, here it is:
Notes and Observations
NYCFC are blessed to have a lot of versatile players, but for simplicity’s sake I have listed everyone at their main position (except Ronald Matarrita, because he has two)
- As of now, Sebastian Ibeagha is the back up center back for both starters. Being a right-footed player, I have put him on the right side
- Mata should be starting at left wing; he can bring the same hustle/defensive ability as Rodney Wallace does, but with potentially more offensive upside
- The wings switch around a lot, so the whole “left/right” thing isn’t definitive
- Jo Inge Berget isn’t fully fit, but hopefully he is the back up striker City have been searching for since their inception
- It’s disappointing that NYCFC’s young Americans Jonathan Lewis and James Sands haven’t yet been named to the gameday squad, but how they deal with it will be a big test for them. Hopefully, they can push their way into the squad soon
- NYCFC have hella goalkeepers (unfortunately, first-round draft pick Jeff Caldwell is the bottom-dweller for now)
- The Boys in Blue have several roster spots open, but without any international slots available, it will be tough to sign any foreign players moving forward. However, this could mean that City chooses to fill these spots with homegrowns in the future
What do you think about this depth chart? Who is too high? Who is too low? Let us know in the comments.