Larin makes NYCFC pay for poor finishing in Orlando win

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

The W-M returned but the goals never came for New York City FC in their 1–0 defeat to Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium Friday evening.

Cyle Larin scored the lone goal seven minutes in for Orlando, his sixth goal against NYCFC. Larin was fortunately positioned in front of goal when NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders swatted a cross to him and he redirected the ball into goal. Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath credited Larin for being at the right place at the right time.

NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said the early goal was a part of his team’s sloppy start. The NYCFC boss was not happy with the team’s concentration in the early stages of the match. However, after Larin’s goal, NYCFC controlled the play and created chances just like it did against Toronto FC last Sunday.

“I think we played better than we did against Toronto,” Vieira said. “I was really pleased with the way we tried to play and we created some chances. I was pleased with the way we moved the ball around the pitch but I was disappointed because we played well in the second half but we gave away the game in the first ten minutes.”

New York City had 66% of the possession and completed 83% of its passes but could only muster six shots on target. Mix Diskerud had NYCFC’s best chance of the first half when he lost his marker and volleyed an Andrea Pirlo corner into Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bednik‘s chest. Bednik would spoil another Diskerud chance in the second half with a diving right hand save.

“I think Joe has been excellent since he joined us,” Heath said. “Stewart Kerr worked with him at Toronto so we know him inside and out and he does everything right. Apart from falling over the first few times which had me worried, I was really pleased with Joe’s performance.”

Heath admitted the Orlando City defense rode its luck Friday evening. The Lions lucked out when substitute Steven Mendoza hit the post in the 73rd minute after Pirlo slipped him on a quickly taken free kick. Vieira said the team won’t miss the chances it had tonight in its future matches starting with its meeting with the New England Revolution on March 26.

“This is a really strong team and we have some really strong character in the locker room,” Vieira said. “They will bounce back. It is frustrating the way the lost the game but the way we played throughout the 90 minutes, the number of chances we created, how we played, that leaves me feeling positive for the next game and the rest of the season.”


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  • Telling you the Truth

    So, after two weeks of hearing how Mix was BACK ON HIS GAME, can we take a few moments to say that Mix is now REALLY back on HIS game aka flubbing opportunities to score while his luxurious hair flows in the wind; the most overrated player in MLS who actually plays. (Lampard i s in a different category of invalids, you see)

    In addition, I was there last night. NIce Padded attended numbers.

  • Jay

    This is a very bad team.
    Weekeast D in the league.
    Team Garber needs a real plan…..start over.

    • The Don

      I created the world in six days. I can rebuild NYCFC!

      • Rebel Fighter

        The emperor has spoken. This new death star that the empire has created that is NYC FC is a joke.

      • Devin

        Shut up you dumb fool ! greaseball

  • slowleftarm

    How’d Fat Frank do?

    • Smith

      He had a good night. He drank a six pack and watched some Al Queda videos.

      He enjoyed himself.

    • Devin

      how did the metrostars do ? they suck !!!!

  • Pirlo

    Must I run so much in the US and A?

  • Anthony

    Just a poor poor team, Vierra is over his head, the small pitch makes watching these games painful.

    • Dicky41

      So funny, no ones says a thing when NYCFC wins or draws, the minute they lose, the crows come out.

      • Smith

        No, people came out to laugh at them when they blew a two goal lead to get a draw last week. A the city fan boys were excited when they beat a horrible Chicago team. Put them up against any other team and they struggle mightily.

      • Allan

        ah Dicky the name fits

  • Johnny Feelgood

    No! It’s only one game! We are the only pure, organic squad in the whole country. My model girlfriend- the one who never smiles- was very upset, but over Tofu soup I assured her we are on the right track. With Frank, world legend Pirlo and the flowing hair of Mix we can’t lose!
    PS- Hey Bill – I ordered you a subscription to ‘Vegan Life’ ….keep an eye on your mailbox.

    • Bushwick Bill

      Thanks, man. Its been a tough off season. My Asian haand model girlfrriend broke up woth me and moved to an empty factory in Detroit to do improvisational theatre. Then my start up failed to get off the ground. The only two things keeping me hoing are iced tofu and NYCFC, both so organic.

      Thank you.


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