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NYCFC Can’t Take One in Orlando



New York City’s first official game against Orlando was definitely a memorable one. Mix Diskerud scoring the first official goal in club history, Josh Saunders risking his own body to make save after save, and 62,510 fans filling out the Orlando Citrus Bowl to watch both expansion franchises face off. What could’ve been NYCFC’s first official win was stopped by an unlucky bounce off a free kick outside the box by Orlando’s star signing Kaká. Last night’s game was nothing like that.

As seen throughout the season, the team has difficulty closing out games. After a first half goal by Kwame Watson-Siriboe, who played for the first time since coming off at halftime of a 4-4 draw against Toronto FC on July 12th, NYCFC gave up two goals to Orlando City’s first round pick Cyle Larin.  Tommy McNamara, who earned his first start since Aug. 23, said after the game “I think we just absorbed a lot of pressure all game, probably too much in both halves and I think the dam kind of broke a little bit in the second half”. Coach Jason Kreiss also added, “Credit to our players. I think they really put a lot into it. I wish we could have walked out of here with at least a point.” Even without Brek Shea and Kaká, Orlando City was able to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Although the team is out of the playoff hunt, it would’ve been nice to see them end the season on a high note with these last two games. Chris Wingert stated after the game that, “I think the best way to reward the fans for their great support all year is to give them a victory in our final home game,” Wingert said. NYCFC closes out its inaugural season at home next Sunday against the New England Revolution.


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