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NYCFC Controls Play, But Ends With Only a Single Point

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Image Credit: Eugene Lin – Stream Punk Sports
6/3/2023 – Defender Justin Haak tries to settle a pass in the second half of the NYCFC/New England Revolution match

The New York City Football Club maintained control over their third and final final home match in an 8 day period but only managed a single point in a 0-0 tie at Yankee Stadium against the New England Revolution. In a rare mid afternoon matchup in the Bronx put a full 17 shots in the direction of net including 5 on Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrović but was still unable to find the back of the net for the third time in a month. Despite the single point, head coach Nick Cushing was impressed with the play, if not the result: “You know, we did more than enough to win a football game today. I thought their goalkeeper was excellent, by far kept them in the game and they get one chance from our turnover and we get five…three really good chances, five chances in the game. I said it on Wednesday, if we play that game ten times, we’ll win it more times than we’ll draw it. I was really proud of the desire of the guys today because there was tiredness from Wednesday, there was frustration, but what you see is a team that is really fighting together and that fills me with so much confidence that this will turn and we’ll start picking up three points and climb up the league.”

Overall this was one of the team’s best matches of the year despite the result. Goalkeeper Luis Barraza wasn’t challenged much aside from late in the match, and several shots came close to getting in the net, including a shot of the pipe in the first half. Braian Cufre’s red card after the 90th minute will leave him out of the match next week on the road against Real Salt Lake next week in Utah but the team went up a slot with the point, to 13th in the East.

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1) The team’s 17 overall shots was the second highest this season, firing off 21 in a 3-1 win over Dallas earlier in the year. Additionally their 7 corners was tied for a season high this year.

2) Staying on the shot front for a minute, the team is getting the ball on net, with now 24 shots on goal in the past 4 matches, averaging 6 shots on goal during that stretch. By comparison the club had 46 shots on goal in their first 13 matches this season (averaging 3.5 shots on goal per match).

3) Even though it was only 2 saves, this was Luis Barraza’s second clean sheet on the season.

4) Gabriel Perreira lead the way yesterday with 3 shots on goal, bringing him to 10 in his last four matches. This bodes well for the club as it’s another sign that the team is starting to gel.

5) Focusing forward on the next match, NYCFC travel to Real Salt Lake for their first road match against the club since their 3-1 loss back in 2019. RSL is currently 9th in the West and has struggled at home, going 2-4-2 at America First this season.

(And a quasi-6th): This was our photographer Eugene Lin’s first trip to Yankee Stadium for us, which is why I tossed in more pics than usual. If you want that number of pics going forward, let me know!

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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