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June 18, 2015
Kreis: a loss in 90 minutes would have been better than 120 because of Saturday game

Mix Diskerud converted his penalty kick in the shootout for NYC FC.
Mix Diskerud converted his penalty kick in the shootout for NYC FC.
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- If New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis would have had to do it all over again, he would have had his Major League Soccer team lose in regulation and not go through the 30 minutes of extratime and penalty kicks Wednesday night.

As it was, NYC FC lost a two-goal lead and eventually the shootout to the Cosmos, 4-3, after playing to a 2-2 draw at Shuart Stadium in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup in front of 11,446 spectators.

"It’s disappointing for sure, probably most of all because you go through 120 minutes and penalties,” Kreis said. “You probably look back at it and say if we knew we were going to lose, I’d probably prefer to have done it in the first 90 minutes since we’ve got a very important game on Saturday.”

NYC FC captain and striker David Villa sat the bench, but did not play for precautionary reasons, Kreis said. Kreis called the artificial surface at Hofstra University "very poor."

Probably the side's most encouraging performance came from midfielder Kwadwo Poku, who tallied both goals -- one in each half -- after connecting for the final goal of NYC FC's 3-1 league win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

“I thought Poku was very good,” Kreis said. “Early on, the first 15-20 minutes there’s some mental errors happening, but really, really pleased with his effort and obviously he made two special plays for the goals.”

While he walked away disappointed, Kreis admitted he was impressed with the atmosphere at the stadium.

“It’s incredible," he said. "I’ve never experienced anything like it before. For me to see how important this game is and the history this game has and the following it already has is a really bright sign for where we’re heading.”

NYC FC was heading home to prepare for its trip to Toronto, where it will play Toronto FC in an MLS encounter Saturday. The first-year club won't have to worry about its Open Cup journey until next season.p and down. Sometimes I felt like I was really close and I wasn't so he helped me."
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