New York City FC continues picking on teams from the great white north by picking up a point off of Toronto FC with a 4-4 tie. Three notable US Team stars were absent on Gold Cup Duty: Mix Diskerud, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley. Sunday's game marked the debut of two possible stand-out stars, the experienced Andoni Iraola and the fierce new young gun Angelino. NYCFC's next home game against Orlando FC will (hopefully) feature two even bigger stars, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo. NYC still hangs in the playoff hunt despite a mediocre start to their season; anything is possible as they keep adding firepower to the lineup. How all these new names will mesh however remains to be seen.
Blog-Views From the Sidelines
Photo professional living and working in NYC
After traveling roughly 3,500 miles by highway back and forth between New York City and Canada for four weeks I have to say I'm pretty worn out, but it's been a heck of a ride. I was able to photograph seven matches at the Women's World Cup in both Ottawa and Montreal. Two days after shooting the United States Women's National Team against China in the Women's World Cup Quarterfinals I had the distinct pleasure of shooting the second meeting of the New York City derby match between the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC. More than 48,000 fans packed into Yankee Stadium rooting for both sides. Though the home squad NYCFC went up 1-0 in the first half, the Red Bulls rallied back to win 3-1. I was proud to see one of baseball's most iconic stadiums packed nearly to the brim for a regular season soccer game!
Last night New York City FC lost 3-1 at home to defending supporter's shield and US Open Cup winners the Seattle Sounders. NYCFC's trajectory of seven straight losses isn't unfamiliar territory for an MLS expansion team, though I agree with Alexi Lalas's statement something to the effect of the novelty of coming to Yankee Stadium to watch a losing team will wear off fast. While the Seattle Sounders fared the best of the expansion teams snapping their opening season losing streak at six, New York is facing a number of injuries that might make it harder to accomplish. For a group of guys who have known each other less than year I thought they came out of the gate with strong with good team play, but as the season goes on the starters are looking a little tired. Maybe with a few extra players and as injuries with their current roster heal they'll be able to shift momentum in a positive direction.