NYCFC Notes: Mullins not worried about turf, Matarrita, Bravo updates

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

BRONX — The turf at Coffey Field was tall in some areas but flatter elsewhere. It’s somewhere in between the hard, unforgiving surface like that at Shuart Stadium and it’s softer counterpart at Providence Park. Like Shuart, the field will have non-soccer lines painted over but the Fordham logo at midfield will remain.

The field is also 120×75 — dimensions that dwarf New York City FC’s Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC have only played once on turf under head coach Patrick Vieira and it was in Portland where they had their worst passing and possession performance of the season — but still managed a victory.

“It took a little bit of adjustment as with all turf surfaces, I feel like each one is a bit different,” Patrick Mullins said. “I think it was good for us to come train today. We hope we have the grounds crew out here so they can make it nice and slick for us cause we’re a team that likes to build from the back. We want to make sure we can do that on the turf this Wednesday.”

While Vieira said it was not an ideal setting for a Cup tie, Mullins said the team can’t make excuses about the field.

Bravo continues recovery, Matarrita returns

Federico Bravo spent the large part of training doing conditioning on the side. Bravo did not do much with the ball Monday and is likely to miss both matches this week. The June 25 match against Seattle Sounders FC is a reasonable target for him to return. Bravo strained his quadriceps May 28 and was said to be out for four weeks.

Ronald Matarrita, meanwhile, is back with the team after his stint with Costa Rica in the Copa American. He will be up for selection for this weekend’s MLS action, but is out for the U.S. Open Cup.

NYCFC unsure about future at Fordham

NYCFC are ‘playing it by ear’ when it comes to holding future Cup matches at Fordham. It is unclear whether they have applied to host the next round of matches which would be held June 29. Yankee Stadium is unavailable that day and it is uncertain if other options inside New York City are possible. If City were to make a run to the Open Cup final on Sept. 21, it may have Yankee Stadium available as the Yankees would be on an eleven-day road-trip at that time.