NYCFC’s season ends on a whimper in loss to Revolution

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC’s noisy first season ended quietly Sunday evening with a 3–1 loss to the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

The Revolution came into Sunday’s encounter needing a result to clinch a playoff berth and quickly gained control of the match through midfielder Lee Nguyen’s goal in the second minute. Forward Charlie Davies doubled the Revolution’s first-half lead in the 37th minute slotting his finish off the far post.

Despite the loss and the team’s elimination from the playoffs, NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis said he still sees this season as a positive.

“What we were able to do this past year was a success story,” Kreis said. “You also can look at this and say to finish this season with 37 points is quite good. To finish the season is better than most of the expansion teams since the 2000s…for me that’s a success.”

NYCFC fielded close to a full strength side for its season finale. The regular centerback pairing of Jason Hernandez and Shay Facey struggled in the first match to cope with the Revolution’s fluid buildup play, leading to Nguyen’s opening goal off of a cutback from Davies. Those defensive mistakes sank NYCFC’s chances of complicating the Revolution’s path towards the playoffs.

Midfielder Frank Lampard said the play was pretty even early on despite NYCFC not having anything to play for.

“We had the same chances but every time they went through us in the first half, we gave them too many chances to run through and then they score and hurt us,” Lampard said. “We didn’t hurt them. It didn’t feel too imbalanced in the first half but we came in two-nil down…We approached this game as well as we could. It’s a dead rubber for us other than us trying to do well for our fans. We did everything we could do to try and make that happen but the game went against us straightaway.”

Midfielder Mix Diskerud came down with an illness and was unable to make the matchday squad allowing forward Khiry Shelton to get his first start since May 23. Shelton said it felt important for him to get the nod to start.

“It’s been a tough year for me and for the team as well,” Shelton said. “I think coming in and starting was big. I felt like I was ready but I wasn’t able to make the plays I wanted to make but I have to learn from it and move on.”

Midfielder Kelyn Rowe gave the Revolution a three-goal lead ten minutes into the second half flicking defender Chris Tierney’s corner past NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders. NYCFC created chances throughout the match and added midfielder Kwadwo Poku and forward Patrick Mullins in the second half. Their all-out-attack only produced a stoppage time penalty converted by David Villa for his 18th goal of the season. Villa said the team’s lack of results mar what has been an overall very positive experience for him. He stressed that the results will come next year.

“We will do everything possible for us to be better next year,” Villa said through a translator. “We’re going to be competitive and we’re going to do everything we can for the team to be good,”

With the win, the New England Revolution moved to fifth in the Eastern Conference. They will travel to D.C. United for the Wild Card round to take place Wednesday of next week. NYCFC’s season ends with the team finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference with 10 wins out its 34 games. They will take two weeks off before beginning preparations for a friendly against the Puerto Rican National Team in December.

  • EnglishRBNY

    Hahaha! Fucking whimper!

  • Smith

    The illness Mix came down with was “I’m grossly overrated-itis.”

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  • Justin

    NYCFC fans always accuse the red bulls of padding there attendance numbers but anyone who believes that NYCFC actually got 34,000 people for today’s match is lying to themselves. Massive blocks of empty seats across the stadium. Well the shield and city is ours so have a nice winter and we will see you next March.

  • The Realist

    If there were 2/3 of the announced fans there it was a lot.

    A lot of empty seats. A lot of bad soccer played on a baseball.

    Enjoy that glimpse of your future while you enjoy your raw chicken.

  • Thy are suckish….goodbye Jason and Miles. Your great adventure is over….

  • Brad

    There’s a narrative out there by some boy city fans that this was a successful season. Honestly it was a **** show. Nothing more.Their comeback is the attendance figures. Well the backstreet boys and new kids on the block had great attendance but they both suck too. I actually read some morons post that boy city had a better goal differential than Orlando and that was a sign of success. Wow -talk about an idiot. But then we ARE talking about idiot fans.

    • The Realist

      Their team stinks
      Their coach is going to be fired
      They are going to lose Poku
      They have old washed up DPs
      They play in a baseball stadium
      They missed the playoffs
      They embarrassed the league with the Lampard fiasco
      Their fans are obnoxious morons

      It’s only a success if you consider humor value.

      These jackasses are a laugh riot

  • Ali C is my man

    Sadly, they have not improved over the course of the season. They played just as badly as they did on the opening game of the season when they got lucky against the Revs. This time they got their just desserts. This is he reason why Kreis must go.