May 15, 2016
5 takeaways from NYC FC's big win
By Michael Lewis
Yes, the MLS Eastern Conference is a weak one, but someone has to lead the 10-team division and one of those teams happens to be New York City FC.
City is deserving of tying the Montreal Impact for the conference lead the way it has performed the past three matches, which happen to be three victories.
The second-year team has a 4-3-4 record and 16 points. And after last year's disastrous 10-17-7 maiden season, this is the best record City has enjoyed this late in a season.
Here are five takeaways:
A gritty performance
It was by far Jason Hernandez's best performance of his NYC FC career. He was everywhere on the field. And he blocked five shots, the most of any defender in MLS this season. Don't know if he can keep up that intensity every game, but if he does, City will have a better chance of making the playoffs.
Much criticized in the past few weeks, Saunders played out of his skin, making several vital saves. He could not stop them all, but it looks like he rediscovered the form that made him an important member of the squad last year. Can he be consistent over the course of the season?
I have to admit I haven't seen every MLS goal scored this week, but I'll go out on the limb. Just give the goal of the week to Tommy McNamara. It was a beauty. I don't know how much more I can say about the West Nyack, N.Y. native.
A team in form
The team has listened to head coach Patrick Vieira and is finding its form and rhythm. There is plenty ways in which to improve, which includes ball possession and defense. But the
The Hudson River Derby
The Red Bulls might have swept the derby in 2015, three games to none, but City is the team in form right now. The Red Bulls are struggling, especially after that 2-0 fiasco at D.C. United Friday night. Next Saturday's confrontation at Yankee Stadium should be a special one. Your truly is hoping that the intensity that NYC FC and Portland displayed Sunday will be duplicated at the stadium Saturday.