NYCFC win in Patrick Vieira’s goal-filled debut

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC‘s first game of 2016 was as open as any of its games in 2015. Nevertheless, they left Toyota Park with three points after defeating the Chicago Fire 4–3 in Patrick Vieira‘s debut as head coach.

NYCFC’s midfielders bookended the scoring with goals from each winger in between. Mix Diskerud scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute, volleying Thomas McNamara‘s cross into the bottom corner. McNamara opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a finesse finish that curled inside the right post from 25 yards out. Tony Taylor and Khiry Shelton each scored to give NYCFC a 3–1 lead at halftime.

The Fire cut their deficit in half four minutes into the second half when David Accam dispossessed defender Frédéric Brillant and crossed for Kennedy Igboananike who finished into the open net. Diskerud extended the lead for NYCFC but Accam reduced it again in the 72rd minutes from the penalty spot.

From there, New York City switched to a defensive 3-4-3 and kept the Fire from threatening again.

NYCFC’s defense had to be reshuffled after Andoni Iraola suffered a minor hamstring injury. Ethan White moved to right back and Jason Hernandez slotted into centerback to partner with Brillant. The new-look defense did not show much signs of improvement from last year as they struggled to keep up with the Fire’s speedy attack. Gilberto, Accam and Igboananike each created several chances by running into open channels and disrupting New York City’s attempts to play from the back.

There were six minutes of second half stoppage time after Accam and goalkeeper Josh Saunders collided while trying to meet a cross. Saunders appeared to favor his shoulder and suffered cuts to his arm and back but continued to play.

Mikey Lopez and Federico Bravo each made their debuts for NYCFC.

NYCFC will have its home opener 5 pm next Sunday against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.

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  • Pele

    The east is wide open like always and if tfc want it, they will get it. Tfc don’t need Jozey, Jozey should go to sounders and tfc should go after Carlos vela or chicharito.
    If nycfc can stay fit, they should be in the playoffs but MLS tests every team during the summer time, if you make it through MLS summer boot camp, then you are in the playoffs.
    As for the west, fc Dallas and Vancouver are favorites.
    MLS cup 2016 in Vancouver, vancouver vs tfc.

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  • Arsenal10023

    Has the NYFC defense been upgraded from last year? Hard to tell.

  • Anthony

    That team is going to bleed goals away, they have no transition defense, the Fire constantly beat them when the ball was lost and should have scored 3-4 goals plus 2 PK’s that didt get called. Gonna be a long year for NYCFC.

    • slowleftarm

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      • slowleftarm

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        • Michael

          ok guy no one cares grow a set