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After NYCFC’s Season Opening Loss, Are Fans Worried?

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Feb 24, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New York City midfielder Keaton Parks (55) heads the ball as Charlotte FC Junior Urso (30) defends in the first half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

They New York City Football Club’s season opener fell short last night after a 1-0 loss to Charlotte FC at bank of America Stadium. After the struggle that was the 2023 season for the Gents in Blue (and now smashingly awesome black) fans had a tepid confidence going into the new season. A full offseason that allowed new additions Mounsef Bakrar, Birk Risa and more to better gel with their new teammates, the addition of highly touted 18 year old Striker Jovan Mijatović gave fans hope that 2023 was simply a burp in the growing legacy that is NYCFC. However after giving up the first and only goal just 8 minutes in their new season, the feeling of more than the same crept into the loyal fanbase.

Overall it was a fairly meh performance aside from the work of increasingly impressive goalkeeper Matt Freese, who is clearly showing that he is the goalie of the future for the squad. His stop on a penalty kick at the 68th minute kept the match from going 2-0 and kept his squad in it:

Is a 1-0 loss in the season opener cause for concern? The loss brought the club’s winless streak on opening day to 5 with just a single point, including 4 straight losses. So according to the fans, is this cause for concern? This was the response on the subreddit after about 16 hours:

After week 1, the numbers are intriguing, as while most are willing to wait things out a bit (including myself in this case) but over one quarter said yes, the team is doomed. This to me speaks more than the group that felt it’s a long season as 1 game does not a season make. And yet, in this case, for many fans still hurt over last season it does.

Next week the team travels to St. Louis to face the Missouri team for the first team. This is a mixed bag, as St. Louis had a spectacular first season, but questions remain as they are now in their sophomore season. One thing I think is for certain however, if NYCFC loses again next week expect the top option in that survey to skyrocket.

We’ll see.

About the author – Scott Churchson has been an actor in every way for the past 13 years, from BG to stand in to stunts and principal, a sports writer for the past 4 and is one of the people that created Stream Punk Entertainment. He’s married to a veterinarian, has a cat with three working legs, a mother-in-law who just moved in and is just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.

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