It’s been a long week for New York City FC, having played three games in a little over a week. The congested schedule, combined with the absences of many players due to both international duty and injury, has created quite a few tired legs — after holding it together and collecting results, the team finally gave way after losing 1-0 to the Portland Timbers last night.
With a key Eastern Conference matchup against the rival New York Red Bulls on the horizon, NYCFC manager Domé Torrent has announced that he will rotate the squad for their U.S. Open Cup game against Orlando City on Wednesday.
“We are tired,” Domé said in the post-game presser after the match against Portland. “It is normal after three or four games in ten days... After this game, some players need to rest.”
Torrent mentioned players Maxi Moralez and Anton Tinnerholm by name when addressing who specifically needed a day off in the midst of a loaded game week.
“We will try to win against Orlando with different players,” Domé reiterated.
As far as potential replacements for the exhausted players go, Justin Haak, Daniel Bedoya, and Juan Pablo Torres immediately spring to mind. Winger Gary Mackay-Steven — NYCFC’s newest signing — is also a possibility considering he is eligible to play after July 9 and the USOC could be the perfect platform to become accustomed to his new surrounding.
Designated Player Jesus Medina should also be in the discussion due to his last few appearances all coming off the bench.