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Nick Cushing: I’m not intimidated by tough games

In this exclusive interview with the NYCFC head coach, we discuss team chemistry, how the club can reach the next level, and why he doesn’t care about how he looks.

Hudson River Blue spoke with New York City FC interim head coach Nick Cushing for an exclusive interview at the Etihad City Football Academy training facility in Rockland County, NY where members of the First Team were preparing for Sunday’s matchup against CF Montréal in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs. 

Note that this interview was edited for clarity.

Hudson River Blue: Congratulations on Monday. It felt like the most complete win of the year, and we really saw the quality and chemistry. Is that the result of how they’re playing, or is that something you’re cultivating in this team?

Nick Cushing: I think it’s a bit of both. Winning really, really helps. And when you win it breeds belief. People continue to do the things that they did last week, and they don’t question things. It’s just a natural progression. You keep doing the same thing, and you add a little bit more, and you get better. 

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