New York City FC have a Sunday meeting with Nashville SC.
Here’s the Keys to the Match, presented by Tri-State Ford…
Settle The Score
When New York City FC last faced off against Nashville SC, they did so with a makeshift backline that was tested to its capacity.
This time around, they will be blessed with a full complement of players, and for that reason alone they will be better prepared to take on a team that is enjoying a strong season. NYCFC are searching for a response after some less than ideal results of late, and the game against Nashville not only allows them the chance to claim three points, but also score a win against a playoff rival.
Therefore, Sunday’s game represents a great opportunity for NYCFC to score wins on a number of fronts before they stop for the international break.
As mentioned, this will be the last game for NYCFC before the October international break affords the group two weeks away from MLS action.
While that time will allow for a lot of the players and staff to reset and recharge, going into the break with a victory and a positive feeling would be a big bonus.
The regular season will be reaching a climax after the break, and any advantage that can be gained in terms of momentum is something the team should seek to take.
If there was one thing missing from the start of Wednesday’s game against Chicago Fire, it was intensity. Things did improve slightly, but that key ingredient has been central to a lot of NYCFC’s success this season.
By forcing their opponents to make decisions under pressure, NYCFC have managed to score some important early goals in games and in turn give themselves the foundation to succeed. A return to that trait is vital on Sunday if they are to unsettle Nashville SC. Aside from the benefits, seeing NYCFC play at a quick pace with the ball zipping across the grass, is exciting to watch, and a sign the team are being themselves.
Ronny Deila has talked about simplifying things as they look to address the current run of form, and something as simple as starting the game on the front foot could be a great way to achieve that.