NYCFC playoff hopes barely intact after ‘shattering’ loss

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

New York City FC’s playoff chances are barely existent after their stoppage-time loss to D.C. United.

“I’m obviously shattered right now,” Head Coach Jason Kreis said afterwards. “What a great start by us, to score early like we did, but as the game wore on, I thought to myself that sometimes you can score too early.”

“After the first goal, I felt that our guys maybe thought it was going to be a little easier than it was. In the second half, I thought we came out real sluggish, and credit to D.C. because they were putting us under a lot of pressure, putting a lot of balls in and around our penalty box. We had to deal with a lot of corner kicks as well, so I always felt like the dam was getting ready to break. But, I did think the guys put another incredible effort out there, and I just couldn’t be any happier with their effort and their commitment level has been fantastic.”

NYCFC are eighth in the Eastern Conference with 37 points and two matches remaining. They trail the sixth-placed Montreal Impact by five points. Montreal’s loss to Orlando on Saturday keeps New York alive — but not by much. If NYCFC fail to win its last two matches or the Impact collects two points from their four remaining matches, then NYCFC will be officially eliminated from playoff contention.

If the Impact collect one point and NYCFC win its last two matches, then both teams will be tied on points and wins making the tiebreaker goal differential. Currently, the Impact’s goal differential is +2 while NYCFC’s is -6. NYCFC will have to win both of its matches by multiple goals to conceivably close that difference.

Andrew Jacobson said the team is going to ignore the math for the next two matches.

“It is something we can’t really think about,” Jacobson. “As long as we have a chance, we are going to keep going for it, and that’s all you can really do is just prepare for the next game.”