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New York City F.C

May 6, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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New York City FC suffered a defeat against Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

The Rapids recorded a 2-0 win at Citi Field.

Here are five takeaways from the game…

Early setback

City started the match well and had early possession.

That good start was undone when Rafael Navarro’s curling effort in the 16th minute put Colorado Rapids ahead. The goal not only gave the Rapids a one-goal lead, it also allowed them to bunker in and try to create further chances on the break.

City did not shy away from the challenge, but that early setback increased the pressure and made it both a mental and physical challenge.

It was no surprise that Colorado’s second goal came in similar circumstances, with Cole Bassett’s overlapping run taking advantage of a New York defense that was overloaded and looking for an equalizer. Colorado came up with a plan and executed it well, making it difficult for City to bounce back from that early setback.

The process

After the match, Nick Cushing was keen to emphasize that the path of progress is never linear.

“When you win three games at a homestead, you feel like you’re on top of the world,” Cushing said. “You lose one game and it feels like you’ve fallen off the edge of a cliff. The reality is you have to keep working because there will be ups and downs this season. This team is on a journey and making progress.

“I said three or four weeks ago: progress is discouraging, progress is demotivating, because tonight is part of it. You have to roll with the punches and figure out how to take a young team, a new team, forward and win football games.” .”

City’s next step on that path will take place in Toronto. They now have six days to get back on the training pitch and recalibrate. The reverse fixture against Toronto FC was a big moment for City as they recorded their first win of the season. This next match could be just as influential in charting their progress as a group.

Determined defense

Colorado came into Sunday’s game with an impressive away record of just one loss in its last five.

Much of that success has been built on a cohesive teamwork ethic, and on Sunday Colorado City presented a narrow and compact team shape that offered little room to attack.

City not only outplayed their opponents but also produced double the number of passes, with the expected goals also landing in their favour.

Unfortunately, Colorado proved clinical that day and although the players left the field frustrated, they can take some solace in the fact that fortune eluded them on the day their opponents displayed a dogged defensive display.

Brave the rain

Whether it was Sunday against Colorado or one of five consecutive home games, the players and staff have a tremendous appreciation for you, the fans.

The support you give to the players never goes unnoticed and is seen by countless players as a driving force behind them. The team will now hit the road for back-to-back matches before returning to the World’s Borough for the derby.

“The fans have been incredible during this home stretch,” Matt Freese said Sunday. “As I always say: they are the twelfth man and they always give us confidence and energy.”

While it will be difficult to predict what will happen in the coming weeks, one thing is certain: your support will not disappear – and for that we say thank you.

Homestead

While Sunday’s result wasn’t what New York City was chasing, that shouldn’t distract from the fact that it was a solid set of results overall.

The team took 10 points out of a possible 15 and is still above the play-off line. The team showed several positive qualities during this series, including resilience, determination, attacking quality and defensive strength. These qualities will all play a crucial role in the coming months as City look to cement their position above the play-off line.

The group has set the standard for their play and the challenge they now face is to return to that level every time they take the field.

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