NYCFC falls to Portland
NYCFC came together Sunday for military night at Yankee Stadium. The boys in blue attacked the Portland visitors without any difficulty in the first 12 minutes of the game, but it was in the 13th minute when Sebastian Blanco scored the first one of the game for Portland and surprised everyone at the stadium.
In the 24th minute, Portland came close again, but were intercepted before reaching the goal post. In the 28th minute, the boys in blue found a chance and shot at the goal but the Portland goalkeeper stopped the ball from entering the goal post.
Claude Dielna from the Portland timbers received a yellow card in the 40th minute of the game.
In the 43 min another Portland player (Blanco) received another yellow card after tripping Maxi Moralez. The boys in blue ended the first half trailing behind with one goal. They began the second half with high energy and maintained possession of the ball long enough but couldn’t produce any significant outcome.
In the 77th minute, Jesus Medina was brought in to try and make moves happen but even though he bought in a burst of energy and some good moves and attacks nothing came out of it. Portland had a strong defense and kept it strong for the rest of the game.
“I think the team deserved more. I am very proud of them. It is not easy to play so many games without rest. We are missing some players but is not an excuse, it is a reality, but I am very proud of them. They deserved more. In the first half we made one mistake and when you make a mistake in soccer it punishes you. But we have to keep working…I am very proud of them. They played very well, especially the second half we deserved at least one goal, but sometimes that happens in soccer you are just unable to,” said Head Coach Domenec Torrent.