New York City have been quite disappointing since they were founded three years ago. However, it now seems as if they are getting into the form many expected a lot earlier on.
New York City are enjoying some great form, winning four games in a row and keeping three clean sheets in a row. This has seen them jump up to first in the Eastern Conference and looking as if they could look as team challenging for the MLS Cup come to the end of the season.
Their last game saw them win 1-0 away to New England on Wednesday, and that continued their great form, better than any other team in the MLS at the moment. But they will also know there is still a lot more work to be done if they are to keep this going and finish top come to the end of the campaign.
Although they are on this great form, manager Patrick Vieira said there is still a lot that can be improved on the side. This is what he had to say: ‘I think we can always improve as a team. Having four wins in a row, that gives us confidence and a happy camp to keep doing what we believe. I think coming here wasn’t an easy place to take the three points without conceding goals.’
Viera has also said that his side has a great personality about it, and that is what’s taking them through some of the games. He said: ‘I think we showed our personality, we stick to our principles, and when we manage play from the back, we create a lot of chances, we create so many situations. We had control of the game and to play the way we did tonight was fantastic.’
New York City limited New England to just two shots throughout the game and to do that away from home is a great thing. Both shots were easy for goalkeeper Josh Saunders to keep out, with his confidence just getting higher and higher with three straight clean sheets.
Frank Lampard was the man to get the goal to get three points, which was assisted by Tommy McNamara. This is what the player had to say about the game: ‘As a result of that, we’ve made it difficult for other teams to create chances and to get goals. The more clean sheets we have is exactly what we want and what we need. We have some good player in and around the goal who are going to be able to create chances.’
There’s no doubt this side has so many players of the top draw who have played at the top level for many years. It now seems they are finding their feet in America and playing at their best once again. If they can keep that up, New York City will be a massive team in the MLS for years to come.