NYCFC Falls to Tigres UANL in The Conacaf Champions League

NYCFC battled it all on the soccer field, but once again couldn’t complete the ultimate goal: progression. There weren’t too many positives, but that only prepares the team for the future. Here are the takeaways from the match.


Key Data From The Match

       The first thirty minutes of the match it was all New York. Controlling most of the ball possession, and creating great chances. They outshot the Mexican tigers by a score of 8-2 at the start. It was a back and forth game but NYCFC should’ve put up at least two goals to better their chances of progressing to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Although the boys in blue were pushing, this only made Tigres’ defense look superior. All it took was one counter-attack by frontman André-Pierre Gignac to break through the defense to score the game’s opening goal. New York could not function correctly for the rest of the match, making it easier for their opposition to advance with a breeze. The final score of the match was 4-0 (eg. 5-0).


How To Adapt To The Loss

       After the setback against Tigres, it’s time to think. Yes, many key players in goalkeeper Sean Johnson, captain Alexander Ring, and midfielder James Sands were injured and could not travel with the team. Luis Barraza, the third option goalie had received his first start for the club and his career. You could tell that he was very nervous and frustrated with his performance.

But at the end of the day, it’s a team sport. No player should ever rely on their teammate because then, nobody will succeed and the team will go down. This is exactly what happened last night. Although it was NYCFC’s first season in the Champions League, Ronny Deila, a European based coach should have prepared his team with stronger plays and tactics. The citizens have a lot of potential in them to challenge for the MLS and should now focus on training and keeping their fit. 

What To Expect For Next Season

       Obviously, this isn’t the first time that the boys in blue could not achieve greatness. Previous defeats include the MLS Cup Round of 16 against Orlando City, and an exit in the quarter-finals against the Portland Timbers during the MLS is Back Tournament.

NYCFC must re-evaluate their playing style and be on their “A-Game” for next year. Many questions will be asked. Should NYCFC fire Ronny Deila after only one season? Is there a problem with the management board? Who should NYCFC bring to the club in 2021? Stars from Europe such as Sergi Roberto & Fernandinho have said they would like to play in the MLS later in their career. Roberto explained his favorite city outside of Barcelona, is New York, and Fernandinho plays for Manchester City, NYCFC’s relative. Once his contract is up, Fernandinho should be free to come over and help the New Yorkers achieve glory. 

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Great Article! Too bad they lost

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