The New York City Football Club took home its second trophy in the past year with a 2-0 shutout over Atlas FC in the annual Campeones Cup. The single match, which pairs the champions of the previous years MLS and Liga MX leagues got the scoring immediately underway as Nicolas Acevedo beat goalkeeper Camilo Vargas to the ball, deflecting it past Vargas to Alexander Callens to knock it in from close range. Per Head Coach Nick Cushing: “Alex Callens has been so good this year. Getting him back and his energy, and just his presence in the team, it doesn’t surprise me that in a moment where we needed him he pops up.”
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following New York City FC Post Match Press Conference. Featuring thoughts from Head Coach Nick Cushing
For much of the first half NYCFC goalkeeper Luis Barraza wasn’t tested much, not having to make a save until the 28th minute as the boys in blue continued its attack, doubling the lead at the start of the second half when Maxi Morales fired a shot from the right side of the box across Vargas and into the left corner for a 2-0 advantage. From there Atlas stepped up it’s attack, turning away repeated shot after shot (7 in total on goal) and earning the Man of the Match in the team’s victory.
For the team, it was a chance to reset after the club’s struggles in MLS, to get the feeling of victory as their regular season comes to a close. Cushing said he felt a difference from the onset. “I could feel the locker room before the game, I felt that there was a real drive and a real hunger. But at the same time it’s one win, we have to also understand that we have a huge game in two days.” Next up is a huge Saturday in conference matchup for the Yankee Stadium leg of the Hudson River Derby against 3rd place New York Red Bulls.
- Heber was replaced by Talles Magno in the 29th minute. According to Cushing Heber suffered a hamstring tweak and may be unavailable for 7-10 days.
- Also on the injury front Goalkeeper Sean Johnson had a small graze to his leg that caused him to rest for this match. He’ll be 100% ready to go for Saturday.
- The trophy was Nick Cushing’s 9th trophy with City Football Group. 7 in Europe, and now two with NYCFC. He mentioned during the post match press conference that the feeling never gets old.
- Luis Barraza’s match was his first outside of Friendlys with the top club since his June 22 match in the US Open Quarter-Finals against the Red Bulls, a 3-0 loss. Prior to that was a three match run in July of last year, going 3-2 and giving up 5 total goals and picking up 2 clean sheets.
- For their match against the Red Bulls the club is currently 7-13-3 all time with the club’s most recent match ending in a 1-0 win for the Cityzens on July 17.
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