New York City FC vs FC Cincinnati: Let there be goals

New York City FC (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images).
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Alexandru Mitriță of New York City FC
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2. Alexandru Mitriță can play the #10

So far this season, Alexandru Mitriță surprisingly has had few starts for New York City FC.  But with Maxi Moralez out, the Romanian was given an opportunity to play at the #10 position.  Not only did he prove he can cover for Moralez, but the Designated Player put on a show against FC Cincinnati.

Of course, it all started in the first minute when he scored his first of two goals just 30 seconds in.  A pitch-perfect pass from Anton Tinnerholm led Mitriță to take a few touches toward goal before sweeping it past Spencer Richey.  The goal led NYCFC to a fantastic start, but on top of that, it will be a goal for the record books.  The 30th-second goal is officially the fastest goal in the club’s history.

Mitriță also scored again in the 43rd minute, securing his brace and first two goals of the regular season.  His goals from the attacking midfield proved he can play not just on the wings, but as the #10.  On the other hand, he was more than the goals scored.  The Romanian made himself an option and had six shots total.  He created chances in the attack and easily moved the ball forward up the pitch.

To add, Mitriță looked extremely confident and comfortable in the position.  He had few missed passes and was a controlling force in the midfield.  This is something Moralez brought to every game, and this is what NYCFC needs while the Argentine is out.

Based on his performance, Alexandru Mitriță should not just start, but start as the #10.  It would be dumbfounding if he does not play in the upcoming games.  He would be a talent wasted on the bench and deserves chances in the Starting XI for New York City FC.