Hear from New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila, goalkeeper Sean Johnson, midfielder Jesus Medina
It has been a tough start for New York City FC in the MLS is Back Tournament, as they fell in their latest match to Orlando City SC by a final of 3-1 on Tuesday night. This is the second tough loss for the boys in blue as they quite haven’t found their timing and confidence -but the team has always been known to take a while to gel so it will be interesting to see how they will evolve and shape themselves as a team as the Tournament progresses.
Making his 100 appearance for NYCFC was Alex Ring, as the squad saw many changes in the starting front since their last match against the Philadelphia Union. New York saw the play of Jesus Medina, Gudmundur Thórarinsson and Maxime Chanot who replaced Maxi Moralez, Keaton Parks and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.
At first it seemed as if the action between New York and Orlando would not start as there was lighting that rumbled in the Florida area. After the weather cleared it was Orlando City that saw flashes of offensive brilliance, as they opened up a two-goal lead inside the opening 10 minutes of the match.
Chris Mueller notched the opener for Orlando, from a set-piece on 4’, before doubling the tally on 10’ with a finish from close range, leaving NYCFC in big trouble early on.
Chanot had himself a positive opportunity in the beginning stages of the match, and the boys in blue were rewarded with their first goal of the MLS is Back Tournament later on in the stanza. Jesus Medina scored on an absolute laser of a goal at the 38 mark for his 10th MLS goal.
Ronny Deila brought Tajouri-Shradi on at the half, while Alexandru Mitriță and Keaton Parks also joined the charge at the midway point of the second period. Tajo-Shradi made a positive impact on the pitch creating some wonderful opportunities for NYCFC.
Orlando City SC saw some tremendous saves from Pedro Gallese, who made a double save around the 77’ to keep his side one goal ahead. It was the combination of great stellar keeper saves plus the stellar play of Orlando that was able to earn them the victory
Up next for New York City FC as they will round up Group A play with a match vs Inter Miami in another 9am kickoff on Monday, July 20.
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