New York City FC Vs Orlando City: 3 things we learned – Chris Mueller shines

Chris Mueller, Orlando City, New York City FC (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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REUNION, FLORIDA – JULY 14: Anton Tinnerholm #3 of New York City FC reacts after missing a goal attempt during a Group A match against Orlando City SC as part of MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 14, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

2. Concerns for NYCFC rise

This was a fun game to watch. There were many attacking opportunities, some remarkable saves from both goalkeepers, and some feisty moments, too. Still, the score of 3-1 is telling.

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New York City FC, on paper, have one of the most talented teams in MLS. The fact they have zero points and four regular-season losses so far is concerning. On a positive note, they finally have their first regular-season goal this year.  In spite of that, it is their only goal.

Usually a high-scoring team, their inability to get the ball into the back of the net is worrisome.  They have too many attacking options from Maxi Moralez, who is now unfortunately injured, to Héber, Alexandru Mitriță, and Valentín Castellanos. Despite this talent, the goals have dried up. Even against Orlando, the Pigeons had 26 shots and eight on target, yet only scored once. Is it due to issues in training? Is there a problem with adjusting to Ronny Deila’s playing methods? Or is it just plain bad luck? Answers are needed, but truthfully fans would rather just see them score.

For the tournament, NYCFC’s prospects look bleak. However, the regular season is not done just yet. If they beat Inter Miami next week and then win the next regular-season game upon the resumption of the season, the Pigeons will have six points in six games. That is one point more than in 2019.

So for the tournament, it is time to worry. But for the regular season, there is still time for Deila’s team to right the ship.