Ruthless RSL snatch road win at Yankee Stadium

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Christian Araos

Real Salt Lake scored three goals on two shots on target to defeat New York City FC 3–2 Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored eight minutes apart to give the visitors the lead in the 67th minute. A Frédéric Brillant own goal in the 74th minute proved to be the winner. Jack Harrison marked his first MLS start with a goal to give NYCFC the lead in the 56th minute and David Villa converted a penalty in the 86th but missed a golden opportunity to tie the match in stoppage time.

City lost a lead at home for the fifth time this season and second time in a week. They have one win in nine home matches this season. Head coach Patrick Vieira said he needed more time to review this match to see what went wrong but said the team needed to be humble and ruthless in the attacking third.

“Before Jack scored, we created so many chances that we should’ve gone back to the dressing room with two or three goals but that wasn’t the case,” Vieira said. “When you don’t score in the first half, you come back in the second half I believe the opposition team had more confidence but we made it difficult for ourselves.

“When you score the first goal, you expect to be more composed and to defend better but that wasn’t the case. Tonight is the same night that we’ve had previously. The team played well and at the end we draw or we lose. It’s very frustrating.”

NYCFC started the match on the front foot with a new look attack. Villa, Harrison and Steven Mendoza started up front and City looked more direct and threatening than it had in previous games. Harrison and Mendoza each took defenders on and created chances for Villa, who was wasteful all night. Villa led all players with ten shots, five on target.

“We in the locker room are left scratching our heads,” Jason Hernandez said. “We feel a bit snakebitten just because a lot of our matches, we come out with a good mentality and try to do the right things.

“I haven’t looked at the box score but I didn’t feel like Salt Lake was really dangerous with how many shots they put on target…Unfortunately right now, any little half chance or half mistake ends up in the back of our net.”

Movsisyan collected a long ball over the top and was able to muscle off Hernandez before shooting inside the area. His shot deflected off Hernandez passed Josh Saunders to level the score. Seven minutes later, Andoni Iraola‘s headed clearance landed at Martinez’s foot on the edge of the area. Martinez’s shot would also bounce off of RJ Allen before going past Saunders.

Brillant’s own goal came when he tried to block a low cross but re-directed it in.

“We dropped our focus, our concentration after scoring the first goal and that became a problem, especially when you’re playing at home,” Vieira said. “But that is just part of the game. There is a lot of frustration, anger as well because it is unacceptable to play the way we did tonight and not take any points.”

NYCFC’s next league match is at home June 18 against the Philadelphia Union. They host the New York Cosmos at Fordham University June 15 in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

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  • troy

    Is Kreis still available?

  • The Don

    SUNIL!!!!

    Did I NOT specifically tell you to have the referee give NYCFC as many penalty kicks as they needed to win the game?

    Can’t you do ANYTHING right!

    Ah, good servants are hard to find these days!

    Sunil! Fetch me my trousers and pull the car out! We have work to do in the Bronx. I think it’s time we instituted the new International waiver & dispersal allocation process for DP level players who won’t count against the cap or the roster limit! That will help my baby!

    To the Bat Poles!

    • slowleftarm

      This schtick was old a long time ago. Try something new.

  • Patrick can\’t make up his mind

    “I don’t think it is mental. I think that it is humility. I think that we maybe have over-confidence, and I think it has become a problem,” he said. “We have to be more aggressive in front of the goals, we have to be more ruthless. For me, it is based in humility.”

    When asked to talk about the team’s atrocious home record, Vieira elaborated.

    “I have been asking myself the same question as well. I think, when I analyze all of our home games, there are both positives and negatives. The positives are the way that we play football, and the chances that we are able to create. I think that today, we did that, our movement was really good.”

    He continued. “Then, on the other side, there is the fact that we did not score. We do not score enough with all of the chances that we create. We have to change something. For me, it’s the mental aspect of the game, and we have to be more humble. I think that the team, at times, has showed too much arrogance, and too much confidence, but we will get that straightened away.”

  • Jimmy

    It’s gotten to the point to when you see someone wearing NYCFC gear all you can do is just point and laugh

    • slowleftarm

      I did that after the derby. The dude wasn’t amused. Still – it was highly amusing, I’d do it again.

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