Lack of Finishing Hurts NYCFC Against Mighty Sounders

New York City Football Club showed a lot of heart against the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, and Supporters Shield holding Seattle Sounders. The lack of finishing, and execution once again hindered home side New York City at Yankee Stadium. While they had a number of chances, they proved to be insufficient against the countering Sounders.

Possession and effort provided a shimmering hope for New York throughout the match against the apt Seattle side but once again failed to produce at key times. Early pressure by New York in the first half demonstrated the willingness to produce offensively as it often has this season. Unfortunately for this club hope will not get them the results they need.

New York City showed to dominate statistically, but once again statistics mean very little in portraying an accurate picture of the game. New York led offensively in ‘on target shots’ with 9, and defensively with 4 blocked shots. The team led in possession with 53.9% of total ball control. They led in passing accuracy, which may be the brightest silver lining in this loss improving to 79% overall from their season average.

One Statistic points to an area of the offense that needs significant improvement if this team is going to climb out of the basement of the Eastern Conference is that is crosses, or in the box offense. New York City tallied about 6 contacts made with crossed passes out of 31. Considering they’re only mode of scoring happens to be in the transition, or out of the midfield which has totaled an anemic 6 goals it would be in their best interest to work on set pieces and cross passes.

With their most creative forward in David Villa injured with ailing Hamstring issues, Utilizing the size and speed of forwards Adam Nemec, and Khiry Shelton will be key in bolstering the offense moving forward. The crosses have to be more accurate and the forwards need to put themselves in finishing positions to produce desired results. On paper they won in practice they lost by 2 goals.

At this point this team cannot overcome a 2 goal deficit which is a completely likely event if the defense cannot hold its end of the bargain going forward. The one goal of the game for New York City F.C. was by way of Mehdi Ballouchy, which came off of an aware pass by Patrick Mullins right outside of the 18-yard box.

Seattle quickly answered back off the boot of Clint Dempsy and that was all she wrote. One can surely make excuses for this club as the back line was disorganized missing key components such as Jason Hernandez, and Josh Williams, though Williams was on the bench as a potential Substitute. The lack of composure on the back line was key to the loss driven by the Sounders marquee players Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

Not much else can be said about this team right now, they need to be more composed and work harder for the desired results. Someone will need to take charge and score, which is understandably difficult to do in this league. The competition doesn’t get much easier as they set to face cross town rivals in New Jersey, The New York Red Bulls currently leading the East.


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