NYCFC Notes: Necaxa friendly offers more playing time, Lampard, Chanot updates

Tony Taylor NYCFC

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Necaxa friendly opens door for out-of-favor players

Patrick Vieira wants to accomplish two things with New York City FC’s friendly against Club Necaxa: Keep the momentum going for his young players and get his out-of-favor players back on the field.

Vieira has been at odds with his principle of having as deep a squad as possible while meeting the needs that come with a playoff race. His selections have become more pragmatic as the summer continued and transitioned into fall but the upcoming international break allows for a quick reset. Vieira thanked the club for arranging the Oct. 7 match and for the opportunity to play a competitive team outside of the U.S.

That friendly could likely see the returns of Mix Diskerud and Ethan White to action for NYCFC. Diskerud has not played since June while White last played in the 4–1 loss to the New York Red Bulls July 24. Vieira said both players will be involved in the trip to Mexico.

“There is frustration of course from those players because they want to play but my job is to make the eighteen and the starting eleven and I can’t please everybody,” Vieira said. “I’m really happy that they accept my decision and I’m really happy with the way that they are working in training because the good example is [Steven] Mendoza and Khiry [Shelton]. Everyone when they come on, they do what I expected them to do.”

Diskerud and White were at Friday night’s match and in the locker room afterwards. By more than one account, there is no signs of any discontent beyond that from a player who hasn’t played.

Lampard and Chanot’s recoveries at different points

Frank Lampard and Maxime Chanot did some light training this week but Lampard remains closer to a return than Chanot. Lampard injured his calf during the Sept. 17 but remains on the same three-to-four week timeline that NYCFC had previously announced.

Chanot suffered a herniated disk in training the day before and while he did some light running, remains out indefinitely. Vieira said the club will check his status every day but admitted that it is still ‘a few weeks before he can start training’ with the club again.

Tony Taylor in-line for opportunities with club and country

Tony Taylor received a call up to the Panamanian National Team for its friendly with Mexico next month and could be replacing Steven Mendoza for Friday night’s match. Mendoza will likely miss the match due to an injured hamstring and Taylor would be the next option on the wings. Though Vieira will have to choose between Shelton, Taylor and Jack Harrison with both Shelton and Harrison back in-form, Vieira said Taylor has been doing well in training.

Panama will play Mexico on Oct. 11 so it is conceivable that Taylor will be involved in both NYCFC’s friendly and Panama’s. With The Hex and the MLS Cup Playoffs set to start in November, the door is open for Taylor.