Late goal extends NYCFC’s winless streak to seven

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC were minutes away from collecting their first home win of the season — until they showed their achilles heel.

Dominic Oduro redirected a Didier Drogba free kick at the near post to snatch a point for the Montreal Impact in second half stoppage time. R.J. Allen scored his first MLS goal six minutes into the second half for NYCFC.

It is the third time NYCFC have conceded at home from a set piece this season.

“The goal we conceded was a lack of organization, concentration for the 95 minutes,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We know now that the game is 95 minutes, not 90. To concede the goal so late is frustrating and to be honest, I feel sorry for the players because they worked so hard, so well and they deserve more than what they are getting at the moment.”

NYCFC held Montreal to only two shots on target, both coming after the 74th minute. Vieira used a back four of Allen, Frederic Brillant and Ronald Matarrita that successfully contained Drogba. Though City neutralized the Impact’s attack, they struggled to generate chances for themselves during the first half as both teams cancelled each other out.

New York City started the second half on the front foot and nearly scored when David Villa sprung Thomas McNamara in on Evan Bush, but Bush parried McNamara’s effort behind. NYCFC took the lead moments later through an 18-pass sequence that resulted in Allen surging through midfield before laying off for Khiry Shelton. McNamara touched Shelton’s cross to Allen who beat Bush low to the far corner.

Allen’s night ended on a sour note after a hard challenge from Marco Donadel forced him off. Vieira said Allen’s ankle was swollen and that he will have x-rays taken Thursday.

City had chances to find a second goal as play opened up. Villa nearly scored a minute after Allen’s goal on a quick break. He also narrowly missed with a chip from outside the area and saw Bush stop two other shots.

Though NYCFC were lively, they could score and began to drop off to preserve the result. Villa said NYCFC deserved the points since they created more chances but have lost points handing ‘presents’ to their opponents.

“In almost all the games, we play better than the other team, we create more chances,” Villa said. “Today the intensity of the team was amazing. Winning loose balls, running all the time, fighting with the other team, fighting to be winners.

“But one mistake…again…one mistake…and again…we give the present again today.”

As NYCFC defended, the result became more in doubt. Drogba caught Jason Hernandez in possession but Josh Saunders blocked Drogba’s chip. Moments later, City scrambled to clear their lines after Oduro had gotten in behind. Ultimately they conceded in stoppage time, leaving both Oduro and Ambroise Oyongo unmarked on the near post.

Oduro was the first to sneak away from his marker and beat Saunders to the free kick.

“Obviously losing two points is never a positive,” Matarrita said through a translator, ” but we’re playing really well and we’ll continue to play that way and try to win the next few games.”

NYCFC have failed to win their last seven matches and their first five at home. They look to end both winless streaks Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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  • The rock

    East playoff teams
    Toronto
    Montreal
    Philadelphia
    Orlando
    Red bull
    Revolution

    • SMITH

      It’s entirely possible the this team will not win another game all season.

      • smurf040

        that team blows!

        • Smith

          Think about it. They played the best the played all season. They were at home. The crowd was behind them.

          They still couldn’t win.

          If you can’t win under those circumstances, when can you win???

          • slowleftarm

            No one enjoys mocking NYYFC more than me but it’s a bit far-fetched to think they won’t win any more games this year. Although as a RBNY supporter I am looking forward to the derbies. We could use the points!

            • Smith

              Think about it though:

              They’ve had a schedule front loaded with home games & they haven’t won any of them. As the season progresses and they play the majority of games on the road it won’t get any easier for them.

              The only team they’ve beaten this year was a truly horrendous Chicago team on opening day & even then they gave us three goals.

              I can see them winning between 1-5 games all year.

              • slowleftarm

                Oh I agree they’re terrible. But even that garbage Chicago team last season won 6 games. Too much parity in MLS for a one win season. But wouldn’t mind being proven wrong here.

                • Smith

                  If they only win one game (or 5 or less), do they fire Viera?

                  • slowleftarm

                    Maybe. I assume they want him there for a while but a season that bad could force a rethink.

                • Geroge Guerra

                  you are wrong all the time I mean really man.

  • slowleftarm

    How did Fat Frank do?

  • new2soccer

    Guys, I was shopping at my organic market and saw another guy in an NYCFC shirt talking on his new iphone. We talked about how “New York” we were for wearing an NYCFC shirt while shopping. Though he did mention how terrible the team was playing and I quickly took the shirt off when I got home. I substituted my I hearth NY shirt instead. I mean I want to be a NYer so bad but I don’t want to be a loser!

    • Johnny Feelgood

      That was me, man. It’s more than wins and losses though. Fans of other MLS teams just don’t understand. It’s a New York thing, it’s organic and so ironic. My girl- the one who never smiles- was with me last night and at one point we looked in each other’s eyes and professed our love- a deep love – for NYCFC. Right there on the 3rd base line. I also bumped into Bill from Bushwick and Nick Chavez. We all were drinking PBR and planning our next vegan BBQ night.

  • Liga

    both of the MLS teams are just horrendous awful soccer !!!