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New York City FC suffers shutout loss to Colorado Rapids

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May 5, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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New York City FC suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon. The visitors took the lead in the 16th minute after Rafael Navarro curled an effort past Matt Freese. Midfielder Cole Bassett doubled Colorado’s lead in the 86th minute.

Match overview

New York City FC welcomed Colorado Rapids to a wet Citi Field on Sunday, knowing a win would extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Head Coach Nick Cushing made one change to the side that defeated Charlotte FC last time out, with Hannes Wolf returning to the side in place of Julián Fernández.

The Rapids created the first chance of the match in the fifth minute after a knockdown in the penalty area fell to Kévin Cabral. The striker was quick to turn and shoot, but the effort caused Matt Freese no problems in goal.

City would respond with a period of controlled possession in the Colorado half, although their passing failed to produce any clear-cut chances.

Instead, the Rapids would secure the opening goal of the match through Rafael Navarro in the 16th minute – the Brazilian’s curling effort from the left side of the penalty area, curling around Matt Freese.

New York City wanted to restore equality as quickly as possible and they did so by attacking across the right. Several crosses flashed across the Colorado goal with a decisive strike from a City player the only thing missing.

The visitors thought they had a second in the 26th minute, after Keegan Rosenberry entered from the edge of the penalty area. However, the defender’s celebration was short-lived when the assistant’s flag was raised for offside.

City created a good chance of their own just after the half hour thanks to a combination between Birk Risa and Kevin O’Toole.

The defender’s clipped pass to O’Toole allowed him to run towards the Colorado goal before playing it in on the edge of the box for Hannes Wolf to strike – his effort failing to land on target.

They would come close again a few minutes later, after Santiago Rodríguez’s cross was fired into the path of Agustín Ojeda, with the winger flying just wide of the target.

City would end the half in the ascendancy. Good play from Wolf in the box allowed him to pass the ball to Rodríguez on the edge of the penalty area, but he could not suppress his effort.

On the stroke of half-time, a brilliant run inside from Mitja Ilenič ended with a clever pass behind for Bakrar. The striker was denied a free shot on goal by a final ditch block.

The second period brought no changes for the hosts, but an early chance for Colorado when Omir Fernandez cut inside from left to right and forced Freese into a save at his near post.

Looking to inspire City’s attack, Rodríguez attempted to do so with a long-range effort that required Zack Steffen to tip the ball over his crossbar.

Ilenič would go close a few minutes later after taking advantage of a deflected pass, but his left-footed shot hit the outside net.

Cushing opted for a three-way substitution in the 55th minute as Ojeda, Ilenič and Keaton Parks were replaced by Malachi Jones, Tayvon Gray and Andrés Perea.

Perea was quickly involved in the final third and a well-timed run into the penalty area saw him connect with a chipped pass from Rodríguez – the resulting header narrowly missing the target.

City would make a fourth substitution of the afternoon in the 67th minute when Alonso Martínez replaced Bakrar.

Two of Cushing’s substitutes almost came together in the 76th minute when Gray passed the ball deep to Jones, but his header missed the direction he needed.

The fifth and final change in New York City would come in the wake of that change as Wolf left the game in place of Julián Fernández.

Colorado had spent much of the half protecting their lead, but they came close to making it two in the 82nd minute after Cabral curled an effort from the edge of the area that narrowly went past Freese’s post.

The Rapids would make it two in the 86th minute after a quick counter-attack was finished off by midfielder Cole Bassett.

City would continue to push for a goal until the final whistle. In stoppage time, Gray found himself in the space at the top of the penalty area, but his shot did not bother Steffen. That would be the final act of note on a wet afternoon in Queens, where the Rapids won 2-0.

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What’s next

New York City FC’s next match is against Toronto FC on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff at BMO Field is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.

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