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Match Report: NYCFC 0-0 DCU
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Coming off the back of a great win against Atlanta United, DC must have come into this with high hopes of making back to back wins and getting the On The Road season off the to the best start.
The pitch itself was of incredibly poor quality, the bad winter coupled with the fact that it’s a baseball ground really showed. Patchwork is definitely the work done to it. It looked like it would be slow and not conductive to a great slick passing game. And so was the case, the passing accuracy certainly not the highest ever.
Early doors, the referee certainly put his stamp on the game, with NYCFC committing a few fouls. And it was DC who had the 1st chance as Sean Johnson was called into action within the 1st 20 minutes. Great work from Arriola down the right, who passed across to Rooney, who then found Acosta inside the box. Acosta then had his effort well saved low down to the right of Johnson.
Mitrita was a constant thorn in the side of DC as his direct running was causing headaches for Brillant and Birnbaum. However as the match worse on, he became more predictable.
Even though New York City had 21 efforts on goal, the majority were from long range and early on it was Ring who was taking them. Testing Hamid from 25 yards out.
The 2nd half saw more of the same and it did open up, with more efforts being saved by both the keepers. Hamid coming to the rescue on more than one occasion for DC United, especially as the game got towards the end. He made multiple saves that kept them in the tie.
This save being the best of the bunch. And for more this ensured he was my DC United POTM (Player of the Match). He has kept his second shutout and was the key for DC not getting beat today. I was disappointed in Acosta, he was getting the ball but NYC really nullified his presence by being quick on him and nipping the ball away. The pitch didn’t help his game and you could tell he was frustrated as he threw his arms around a lot. If I was the Head Coach I would have taken him off, he had 2 of his efforts saved, the first being a great save but the second was hit straight at Johnson.
Next match is against Real Salt Lake at Audi Field. I’ll aim to be up for that match and hopefully continue the live tweeting for those who can’t get access to the match.