by DAVE MARTINEZ
One surprise omission from New York City FC’s side against the Philadelphia Union was Andrea Pirlo.
According to NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira, the reason for his absence was tactical, and ultimately, a personal decision.
“I was really just choosing the best team to try to win football matches,” Vieira told reporters after the match. “[With regards to] the team we are going to play against, and how we can hurt them, and how we can defend regarding their strength.
“It’s my decision.”
Pirlo has never purposefully been omitted from the NYCFC 18 since arriving to the club last season. — and the decision to sit him out may not be just a one-time thing either. Vieira was glowing about the possession work of his midfield, leaving the door open for each to get a shot in Wednesday’s match against the Montreal Impact either.
“Andrea was not here today, he may get in on Wednesday,” Vieira began, “but to be honest I was really pleased and happy with the way that Tommy [McNamara], Mikey [Lopez], [Federico] Bravo, and [Kwadwo] Poku played. I was really pleased with my midfield.”