Head Coach Jason Kreis and his club had hoped they were going to come into this match with more momentum. Instead they are now looking at a huge moment for what is still a young club.
On Saturday NYCFC went to Philadelphia and dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker. Having back-to-back losses for the first time. It has now been five days and the Union are coming to the Bronx, with expectations high and pressure starting to built a bit.
There have been many challenges thus far, and it does not get any easier for Kreis who will have to look for a replacement in the midfielder position. It was announced earlier in the week that Midfielder and starter Mix Diskerud, was called up to the United States National Team for a friendly against Mexico tonight in San Antonio, Texas.
The good news for Kreis is that he has plenty of options to chose from at the midfielder spot, and it will be interesting the direction that he wishes to go.
Kwadwo Poku, who had positive minutes in the match versus Sporting KC may have the opportunity to start. There are also those who feel that Khiry Shelton, who was selected second overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft may also get the start.
Shelton started in the Second Half of New York City FC’s match v Philadelphia on Saturday and was able to give his teammates more time and space thanks to his athletic ability.
At the end though the Union were able to get the victory thanks to the stoppage-time goal by Vincent Nogueira.
Kreis has a few options in the midfielder position for when these two teams meet on Thursday. Mehdi Ballouchy, Javier Calle, Tony Taylor or Thomas McNamara are all attacking midfielders and can provide interesting options.
New York City FC does not want to fall behind in the standings too soon, and a good result will only help boost the confidence for all involved with the club.
Here are some other interesting notes:
- This is the back end of a home-and-home series between the teams over a five-day span, the first meetings ever between the club
- David Villa scored his second MLS goal in bringing NYCFC level in the second half. The tally was the club’s first since March 15, ending a 241-minute goalless drought.
The match between the New York City FC and Philadelphia Union will air on the YES Network, with the starting time set for 7:00 p.m.
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