Playing its third match in seven days, New York City FC was sharp but unable to find the game-winner as the home side played to a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC.
On a windy day at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NYCFC dominated the stat sheet outshooting Orlando 15-3 while having more than 65 percent of possession. In addition, New York City had nine corner kicks to Orlando’s one.
But things were even where they matter most. The scoreboard.
An 18th-minute goal by Nani gave the visitors the lead. New York City would level the match in the 51st minute on a goal from Héber.
While NYCFC players appeared frustrated at the draw, the team closed out a busy week of three matches in seven days taking seven out of nine points.
“I’m happy with the performance, we deserve more and that’s my opinion. Sometimes they deserve more and you are unable to win,” said Doménec Torrent, New York City’s head coach. “Today we deserved more and get the 3 points, but it’s not so bad for us because we had three games in a row in seven days. If you compare right now to one month ago we’re playing much better and it’s because they understand the way we want to play.”
Despite New York City’s strong effort, they were fortunate to come away with a point. In the 68th minute, a perfect cross from Ruan found Dom Dwyer standing alone at the top of the six-yard box. But Dwyer’s header failed to hit the wide-open net.
While the draw ended NYCFC’s modest two-game winning streak, it extended the team’s unbeaten streak to five. And Torrent has been satisfied with the performance of his players in recent weeks.
“If you ask me about the performance, for example, I’m happy with the performance of the players,” he said. “The most important thing is how you’re feeling if you’re feeling better than how you did one month ago, even when we play away or home for me we are [heading] the right way to play in the playoffs.”
New York City will now have a week off before beginning a period of four consecutive away matches on May 4 in Montreal against the Impact. Kickoff is 5 p.m. NYCFC will next play at Yankee Stadium on June 6 against FC Cincinnati.