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Just one goal away from the playoffs

New York City were among the league elite in fewest goals allowed — and one of the bottom-feeders when it came to goals scored.

First, the good news: In 2023, New York City FC allowed just 39 goals.

It works out to 1.15 goals per game. That’s the same as Supporters’ Shield-winning FC Cincinnati, second-place Orlando City, and third-place LAFC. (It’s also the same as the New Jersey Red Bulls, but let’s not dwell.) The four teams that allowed 39 goals are tied for the fifth-fewest in MLS overall this year. 

That puts NYCFC in the MLS elite defensively. Go ahead, pop champagne.

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