A final look back at NYCFC’s 11-game winless streak

New York City FC needed a win, and they got one in historic fashion against the Philadelphia Union.

Not only did the club end their 11-game winless slide, but they managed to do it against an opponent in the Union whom delivered two of the most crushing results within that very time frame.

It was a breathe of fresh air for Jason Kreis and his men who have desperately sought a victory after a sluggish row of matches that threatened to overtake their entire season. With the meandering Montreal Impact set to play the foil at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC have the chance to build upon their achievements this weekend.

But before we start talking about a fresh start, lets take a look at just how difficult — and quite frankly, ugly — NYCFC’s 11-game slide was:

  • NYCFC went 83 days without a victory
  • That spans the course of four months (March 21st-June 6th).
  • That also spans the course of two seasons; winter and spring.
  • Speaking of seasons, 11 matches are roughly the equivalent to a full third of the MLS campaign (34 games).
  • NYCFC held an abysmal -9 goal differential in 11 matches
  • They were also outscored 16-7 by opponents in that time frame.
  • NYCFC managed five goals at home and just two away. They conceded eight goals both home and away.
  • Making matters all the more painful, NYCFC were shutout out a total five times since March 21st.
  • Was the schedule unforgiving? Road heavy? Not quite. Six of the team’s 11 matches were played in Yankee Stadium.
  • Only four players scored for NYCFC through those 11 matches: Mehdi Ballouchy (3), David Villa (2), Patrick Mullins and Khiry Shelton.
  • That number is equaled by the number of players ejected in that same stretch: RJ Allen, Shay Facey, Andrew Jacobson and Kwame Watson-Siriboe.
  • One player faced MLS Disciplinary suspension: Josh Saunders.
  • The opposition wasn’t exactly the strongest, either. Only four clubs NYCFC faced currently find themselves in playoff position: the Portland Timbers, Sporting KC, Seattle Sounders and the New York Red Bulls (and in fairness, Portland was near the bottom of the West during their encounter, suffering several losses to their roster, skewing the team analysis a bit here).
  • And perhaps the worst streak of them all — NYCFC was riddled with injuries and absences. In fact, they had, on average, one for every match they played. David Villa, Jason Hernandez, Sebastian Velasquez, Mix Diskerud, Tony Taylor, Javier Calle, Josh Williams, Shay Facey and Adam Nemec are amongst some of the most notable injured players on the NYCFC roster during the 11-match winless streak. Taylor was the worst loss, picking up a season ending injury.

Team captain and Designated Player David Villa has long preached the need for a positive result to “turn our team’s fortunes.” NYCFC did just that against the Union.

Building upon that victory won’t be easy. But looking back at where they have come from, it can’t get any worse.

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  • Henry

    Hopefully another 11 game winless streak is on the way for boy city.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    lol at nassau county globetrotter fans. 11 game winless streak and the f.cosmos still take a back seat to NYCFC. burro boys = chumps. heew haw

  • Larry’s slow left arm is a simpleton

    Have I mentioned that I study every Cosmos game film in detail so I can comment here?

    Have I mentioned that I watch these games sitting in a tub full of jell-o brand gelatin?

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