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NYCFC took the fight to the final whistle in their loss to Austin FC: It's important not to give up, but now they need to find a way to win.

new York City FC's Hannes Wolf was all over Austin FC's Sebastián Driussi | © Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

According to Opta, New York City FC are tied with LAFC for the third-most "Fast and Direct" team in MLS. To u go by the numbers, this is a team that runs hard, wins possession, and creates chances.

It passes the eye test. You saw that intensity of play earlier tonight in NYCFC's loss to Austin FC, when they spent the second half chasing the game and striking terror into the home crowd. But Before we discuss Austin's 2-1 win in Texas, let's go back to New York City's 1-2 loss to Portland Timbers in March in The Bronx.

New York City started the Portland game in a flat-out sprint, with Santiago Rodríguez scoring in the 10th minute. They kept up the blistering pace through most of the first half, creating chance after chance in a game that felt like it could spill over into a blowout. It didn't. The New York City that took the field in the second half looked docile and disorganized, and allowed a veteran Timbers to dominate them from kickoff.

Portland left it late – they scored their equalizer in the 85th minute, and their game-winner in the 90+7th minute – but they unquestionably deserved the three points.

New York City FC 1 - 2 Portland Timbers | March 10, 2024

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That wasn't the case earlier tonight. Once again, New York were the first on the scoreboard when Andrés Perea scored in the fifth minute. And once again they couldn't keep their lead, with Gyasi Zardes scoring the equalizer in the 45+7th minute and the game-winner in the 69th minute. But New York City attacked the game relentlessly throughout the second half, pinning back the Austin midfield and recovering the ball in dangerous places.

This team looked like they could get a result, or even a win. Austin are lucky to end the night with three points after escaping a New York Press that threatened to pull them apart.

Austin FC 2 - 1 New York City FC | July 6, 2024

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