A dominant display in the World’s Borough last night saw New York City FC rightfully finish this stretch of home games with back-to-back wins.
FC Dallas just couldn’t step up and take hold of any aspect of the game. For a team performing well in the Western Conference, Dallas showed too much respect to NYCFC, and the Boys in Blue capitalized on that deference. New York City were able to play past the Dallas press and constantly put themselves into scoring scenarios. The stable back line, the fluidity of the midfield, and the gelling of a front three of Santiago Rodríguez, Talles Magno, and Gabriel Pereira won the night.
Let’s be honest, the 3-1 scoreline was ultimately flattering to Dallas. Rodriguez, Talles Magno, and Pereira could have scored more than those three goals. What we saw on display last night will boost the team, and fans, as we moved forward this season.
This was the first game this season when it felt like everything was clicking for NYCFC.
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But a work in progress is not without its flaws: NYCFC could not ice this performance with a clean sheet. Absolutely woeful defending on a corner led to a consolation goal for Dallas. This was more-or-less a theme throughout the game, as the most dangerous threats on goal from Dallas came from set pieces.
Goalkeeper Luis Barraza’s play could be a point of concern for those watching the game. While the keeper pulled out some excellent saves, they felt almost lucky at times. Poor clearances, questionable decision-making, and an inability to control easy shots: Dallas could have scored early and put NYCFC on the back foot.
Is it time for a change in goal? Barraza is growing into the position with more game time, but the question remains.
All those shaky moments in the back, while worrisome, don’t sit in the forefront of my mind when remembering last night’s game. I think everyone will be buzzing about this tenacious display of attackers, and have much more hope for NYCFC this season.