NYCFC continue searching for goals

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

The goals have dried up in The Bronx, too.

Like their neighbors across the Hudson, New York City FC are thirsty for goals. Since scoring twice in the first half against Toronto FC March 13, NYCFC have only found the net once.

Forward David Villa said he was happy with the team’s ability to create chances Sunday against the Chicago Fire but frustrated by the scoreless result.

“We didn’t do badly,” Villa said. “We just didn’t find the goal.

“It’s not a matter of finishing. We had a lot of opportunities, we just didn’t get there. To say that we need to do better, we had seven occasions where we could’ve scored a goal.”

City’s eight shots on target against the Fire were the most since the Toronto match. Head coach Patrick Vieira fielded a new front three: Villa moved wide left allowing Patrick Mullins to earn his first start, while Steven Mendoza started his second match at right wing.

Despite the goalless showing, Vieira said he was pleased with the front three’s first performance together.

“I wanted to try it because Patrick was playing really well in practice,” Vieira said. “I think he did really well but it was quite difficult with the two central defenders from Chicago [who] had an excellent game. I subbed him off because he was getting tired and it was his first start.”

Villa and Mendoza looked to cut inside and find shooting opportunities for themselves. The two players took twelve shots but none of Mendoza’s were on target. Mullins only recorded one shot in 66 minutes but occupied the Fire’s center halves, opening space. After the match, Mullins said the feedback from Vieira was positive.

NYCFC end a four-match homestand with three points and three goals. They will face the winless Columbus Crew SC Saturday who have also only scored once in their last three.

Mullins said the attack will have to have ‘possession with a purpose’ to become more productive.

“For me that’s the name of the game and I think that we can do that more often,” Mullins said. “We had times where we had chances but at the end of the day we need to keep being more and more dangerous. We need to be constantly making sure that we have purpose in our possession and that we are working it from one side to the other so that we can open up the field more for some chances.”

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  • Currysauce

    who will win the east?
    That’s the real question, the east is a mess.
    Toronto needs to play home n gain points.
    Nycfc has a terrible home filed and playing outside their home field benefits them.
    Red bull is a mess and last year was just a typical east conference good run.
    Crew needs to wake up.
    DC is sinking and revs is always a darkhorse.
    At the end of the day, the east is mess and the west will win MLS cup again.

    • The Don

      NYCFC will win the east & I will tell you why!

      From this day forward, they are allowed to field 15 players at any time & they are allowed 20 international players!

      In addition, they will get 1 point for a loss, 3 for a time, & 6 for a win!

      This is MLS, buddy boy & I am the Don! I MAKE ALL THE RULES!

      Sunil – wash your mouth out & fetch me my trousers! There’s work to be done in the Bronx!

      To the Bat Poles!

      • Sunil

        Yes, my Dark Lord.