canada africa partner reservation NYCFC suffers first ever defeat against Colorado and ends its winning streak

NYCFC suffers first ever defeat against Colorado and ends its winning streak

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New York City FC returned to their old ways on Sunday with a 2-0 loss to Colorado Rapids at Citi Field. It was a cold and wet afternoon in Queens, and the Rapids left the Big Apple with their first-ever win over NYCFC after the away side put in a strong defensive performance and a very effective counter-attacking style.

Just like last week, the visiting team scored early. But unlike last week, New York City couldn’t fight back to take the win. Instead, it was Colorado that added a second goal late in the game.

GAME STATISTICS

New York City: 15 shots, 3 shots on target, 62% possession, 696 passes, 85% passing accuracy, 8 errors, 2 saves

Colorado: 11 shots, 4 shots on target, 37% possession, 349 passes, 69% passing accuracy, 7 errors, 3 saves

Goals:
• Colorado, Rafael Navarro, 16′
• Colorado, Cole Bassett, 86′

Presence: 19,456

New York City finished their five-game homestand with three wins, one draw and one loss, earning 10 of the 15 points. The team ended the match day in seventh place in the rankings, after being in fourteenth place earlier this season.


Colorado remains compact and organized

Chris Armas and Colorado came to Citi Field with a clear plan: let NYCFC dominate possession and hit them on the counterattack. It worked.

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Colorado’s first goal came against the run of play. In the 16th minute, midfielder Cole Bassett picked out Rafael Navarro, and the striker placed his shot perfectly into the corner of the net past Matt Freese. Navarro was not effectively closed down by New York City defender Mitja Ilenič, giving the Colorado player enough time to get his shot in place.

New York City controlled the rest of the first half with over 60% possession, but went into the locker room with nothing to show for it, trailing 0-1.

NYCFC looked much slower and listless in the second half and struggled to create chances in the final third.

Colorado defenders Andreas Maxsø and Moïse Bombito limited New York to just three shots on goal. The big, physical centre-backs combined for 14 clearances, 11 recoveries and four interceptions. They dominated New York City and forced the offense to move the ball around the box or make wasteful shots.

Colorado left back Samuel Vines, who was considered doubtful heading into the match, was targeted by NYCFC on the right flank. But he held his ground, recording two clearances, three interceptions and five recoveries.

New York City’s Santiago Rodríguez had 110 touches, played eight passes in the final third and completed 84% of his passes. Rodríguez was both the creator of New York City’s attack and its main goalscorer, but the No. 10 was unable to create clear-cut chances for his teammates due to Colorado’s composed backline.

Bassett put the game to bed in the 86th minute with a consolation goal. James Sands had the ball touched one too many times and was dispossessed by Bassett, who then scored his fourth goal of the season and put the dagger into the game.

Offensive substitutions are ineffective

With NYCFC trailing 1-0, Cushing opted to make some changes early in the second half. He brought in Andrés Perea and Tayvon Gray to defend against Colorado’s counterattack, and Alonso Martínez, Julián Fernández and Malachi Jones to bring some energy to the attack.

Martínez acted as number 9 after coming on for Mounsef Bakrar, but that did not go to plan. Martínez had only four touches in the match and was left at the top. Fernández struggled to create anything on the ball and had just one touch in Colorado’s penalty area.

Jones was the most active substitute and saw a lot of the ball on the left wing. Jones had a golden opportunity to score his first goal for the club when he was picked out by a perfect cross from Gray, but his header went just wide of goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s post.

Attention turns to Toronto

Up next for New York City is a road match against Toronto FC, a team that defeated NYCFC 2-1 earlier this season for their first win of 2024. Toronto is now one of the more in-form clubs in MLS, with three straight wins. moving them into third place in the Eastern Conference.

It will be another tough test for New York City, which wants to win its first away game this season.

Next, New York City will take on the Philadelphia Union on short rest in a midweek game on the road. They will then host the New York Red Bulls at Citi Field on May 18 in what will be the first Hudson River Derby played in Queens.

Discipline
• Colorado, Oliver Larraz, yellow card, foul 20′
• NYCFC, Santiago Rodríguez, yellow card, poor sportsmanship 37′

Civil servants
• Referee: Allen Chapman
• Assistant referees: Jose Da Silva, Meghan Mullen
• Fourth official: Jeremy Scheer
• VAR: Edvin Jurisević
• Assistant VAR: TJ Zablock