As the second leg of New York City FC’s playoff tie with Toronto FC approached, there remained a great deal of conversation around leg one when NYCFC fell to the Canadian side 2-0.
While there were many questions regarding the lineup choices made by New York City head coach Patrick Vieira, a report from Big Apple Soccer said several players were angry over the decisions made by their coach, and met to air their grievances.
But reports of angry players and a players-only meeting were vehemently denied.
“It didn’t happen at all,” NYCFC’s Khiry Shelton told MLSSoccer.com. “This is a good group of guys who would never talk about anybody on this team the way whoever said whatever about our team getting together. We need to take those rumors and throw them in the trash because it’s crazy.”
Frank Lampard, who added, “It’s been made up,” noted that there is no problem with the team and pointed to the team’s training as proof the team is together and focused on its home playoff match with Toronto.