NYCFC rue mental mistakes, back Vieira

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

With last night’s draw, New York City FC fell to 1—3—4 through their first eight games of 2016 — just like in 2015.

Though it’s deja vu all over again at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC believe they are better than their record.

The team have been able to outplay their opponents on most occasions this season but can’t find the end product. City failed to add to their second half lead despite creating several chances.

Head coach Patrick Vieira said afterwards that not finding the insurance goal in a 1–0 game left too much to chance.

“When you have players who are good on the ball and players like [Laurent] Ciman who are strong in the air, you need a second goal,” Vieira said. “When you look at our size, we are vulnerable. We will concede goals, we will concede chances, but we needed a second goal.

“That was the last kick of the game and we need more attention and more concentration and players to be aware of their position.”

It took a slew of errors for New York City to concede the equalizer. Ronald Matarrita and Ethan White each lost their mark allowing Ambroise Oyongo and Dominic Oduro to time their near post runs and remain onside. White was slow to react to Oduro’s movement and the free kick or else he would have been able to disrupt Oduro or clear the free kick.

“There’s two essential things we’re missing to turn our play into results,” Matarrita said. “When the game is ending we cannot lose our mark. It’s an error — an error we cannot accept.

“Second, we can’t commit those errors in defense. They are severe errors and it’s important to make them happen as little as possible. It’s one error that cost us the points.”

City had a chance after Oduro’s goal to regain the lead and the result. However, Mix Diskerud and David Villa had their signals crossed. Villa halted his run since Diskerud was in a good position inside the area but Diskerud tried to lay off and had the ball caught in his foot.

That was one of several chances NYCFC have left begging this season.

Several NYCFC players lay sprawled out after the final whistle, exhausted after 90 minutes, deflated to only produce one point through their efforts.

“It’s mentality, it’s on us,” Villa said. “The coach says all the right things. We played very well and how the coach wants. But if all the time there’s mistakes, either individually or collective by the defense, it’s too difficult to win.

‘The other team doesn’t give us presents and for us it’s too difficult to score.”