NYCFC, Strong Start
Whichever way Thursday night went, it was sure to be a night anyone associated with NYCFC would always remember, given that it was the Club’s first-ever match in international competition.
However, few were predicting such an impressive display of attacking football so early in the season, with the players still adapting to their new Head Coach’s methods and gaining match fitness.
Continuity in the First Team squad undoubtedly helped, with the XI comprised entirely of returning players from City’s Eastern Conference topping 2019, and that familiarity was clearly evident in the opening 35’ which saw the road team roar into a two-goal lead.
Deila was delighted, remarking: “I’m proud of the boys, they did a very good job today. The first 35 minutes was excellent, we played good football, we created chances and we were good defensively.”