A Familiar Feeling For NYCFC After New England Draw (Highlights)
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NYCFC have been solid when they’ve played sides higher up in the table, but have dropped numerous points against teams at the other end. 

New York City’s hopes of finishing first in the Eastern Conference suffered another blow as they claimed nothing more than a point from their 2-2 draw with New England at Yankee Stadium.

NYC now lie eight points behind Eastern Conference table toppers Toronto, and are in danger of dropping out of the playoff positions due to Atlanta’s match in hand.

The draw at Yankee Stadium was a blow to their ambitions, but the nature of such results have now become a theme. NYC FC have failed to collect enough points against teams at the bottom end of the tables. The draw with New England, despite the positions of both sides prior to kickoff, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as it is simply the latest example of such a failure.

Salt Lake, DC United, and Montreal have all prevented Patrick Vieira’s men from earning all three points. None of these teams sit above tenth place at the moment.  

What must really irk supporters is that the Yankee Stadium-based club have the quality to win such fixtures and have reflected their ability in matches with teams higher up in the table.

NYC ended both Orlando’s and Columbus’s unbeaten home record and scored three in each clash in the process. They have also managed to earn a victory over San Jose, who sit fourth in the Western Conference and a point at third-placed FC Dallas.

While such results must brighten the mood among supporters and the dressing room, it surely upsets them that they are unable to replicate an equal level of performance against sides in the lower end of the table.

As a result of NYC’s inability to earn maximum points from fixtures with sides at the wrong end of the table, their campaign to top the Eastern Conference nears its conclusion, while they could find themselves outside the top six once them and Atlanta have played just as many matches as each other.

The talent of this team is not a concern for Patrick Vieira. The concern is that the quality of this team has yet to present itself when it should be most clear.

Alexander Puri is eighteen years of age and currently resides in Manhattan, where he has lived for his entire life. He plans to pursue media studies when he attends Boston University as a freshman this September. Alexander is a passionate soccer fan and supports Juventus, Liverpool FC, and NYCFC. He watches these clubs play on a regular basis and has written multiple articles about all three teams. He normally spends his weekends watching the English Premier League before participating in pickup-soccer games in numerous fields throughout the city. Outside of sports, Alexander takes great interest to science fiction and fantasy franchises and often reads comics and watches films of such genres. For any inquires, you can reach him at alexarjun24@gmail.com