NYCFC’s fall from Supporters’ Shield contenders to an unconvincing and out of form team

NYCFC dropped yet more points last night as they were held to a 1-1 draw by D.C. United at Yankee Stadium, despite dominating the game for the most part. Domenec Torrent’s side had 31 shots compared to DC’s two, but there’s only one statistic that matters – the scoreline.

Last night’s draw extends NYCFC’s run to five games without a win. They have pretty much fallen out of contention for the Supporters’ Shield and handed the initiative to rivals New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United. New York City are now five points from second and the two clubs above them have games in hand.

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Yankee Stadium has been a fortress for NYCFC, especially while Patrick Vieira was around. Prior to his move to Nice, City were unbeaten at home in 2018 and had only dropped two points, winning seven out of eight games.

Domenec Torrent picked up where Vieira left off  by winning his first four home games in succession. It has only been in the last month or so that his side’s form has taken a serious dip and Yankee Stadium has become a place where goals and points are hard to come by.

Beginning with a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps, NYCFC have now failed to secure a win in their last four home outings. They have also struggled to find the net which really is unlike them.

With Philadelphia Union being one of the most inform teams in Major League Soccer right now, Columbus Crew who are doing fine under Gregg Berhalter and the resurgence of D.C. United – I genuinely think there is an argument to be made about NYCFC being the weakest Eastern Conference side heading into the post-season (If things don’t turn around).

NYCFC have their playoff spot effectively guaranteed having already collected enough points to keep them at the top end of the conference. However, they will have to face a first round match up in the post-season as making the top two is out of the question.

If they don’t improve this recent run of form, I’ll be expecting them to crash out first time of asking.



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