Five Thoughts On The New York Soccer Weekend

A REJUVENATED NYCFC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Visiting practice this Thursday at Purchase, there was a noticeable change about New York City FC.

The practice itself wasn’t different. Training was intense, as always. Players were competitive. Vieira was barking.

It was just another day in the office.

However, the player’s approach to practice is what struck me. They took to some complicated drills with a smile. They were receptive and reflective of their coach’s desires. They looked like a team fighting together, not fighting for themselves.

In short, they looked unified and positive — two adjectives rarely used for the club over the past year.

While a dull and drab first half against DC United certainly didn’t show the product of that inspiration, the motivation did shine through in the second half. NYCFC were struggling to put a finish to their dominating possession game — until David Villa struck. Once he did, the team settled in, scored again, and closed out the game in a style that has rarely been seen by the Boys in Blue.

If you have been following Five Thoughts this year, Vieira’s tactical choices and coaching acumen have been the highlight of our hot takes. This match is no different. Once again, the players were put into a position to succeed and they responded to the boss.

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