NYCFC Proving Themselves Worthy
In beating Sporting Kansas City last week, New York City Football Club, positioned themselves in a great place in the Easter Conference standings of MLS. With only twenty games played, NYCFC have thirty five points and sit fourth in the East, only four points behind Philadelphia. That figure is even more impressive when you consider that City enjoy four games in hand on Philadelphia. In fact City have played the least game of any team in the conference and enjoy at least three games in hand on any team in the East. If the team can keep the results coming then they could even be a contender for the Supporters Shield.
It is not likely that any team will catch LAFC but NYCFC have a chance. They enjoy two games in hand against the league leader and wins against RSL and Houston in their next few games put LAFC in reach. New York City are about to go through a stretch of games that are vitally important to their standings. There are weeks coming up where they will be playing multiple game and catching up on the rest of the league in games played. The team seems ready for the challenge and have gotten better and better all season long.
The Brazilian striker, Heber is on a tear scoring goals in the past five games and has produced nine goals for the club since joining. Maxi Moralez has proven to be one of the best in the league this year with nine assists and six goals so far. New stars like Keaton Parks and Gary Mackay Stevens have been proving their worth in recent games and if you look at the club closely you see that the difference between the starting eleven and players on the bench is very slim. After a rocky start, Dome Torrent has the team humming along with each player knowing his role in the system and flourishing. The return of Isael Tajouri-Shradi from injury only will make selections tougher for the coach. This many weapons on a team bodes well for the club going forward into this heavy stretch of games.
Looking ahead to RSL on Saturday positions the team in a great place. Real Salt Lake will be a much tougher game than it seems on paper though. It is always hard in NLS for eastern teams to travel west and with a 10 PM kick off time, there could be plenty of tired legs out there. Will Torrent rotate the players some? OR will he stick to the team that has been playing so well in recent weeks? We will see Saturday, but one thing is for sure, NYCFC have a bright future in the second half of the season.