After a heartbreaking result on the road to open the season, FC Cincinnati hits the road again this week to face a New York City FC side battling its own disappointing start.
Few teams will feel more let down than FC Cincinnati following last week's season opener, when they scored two goals in the opening 12 minutes to take a 2-0 lead at Nashville SC. That early optimism evaporated into holding on for dear life as the teams settled for a 2-2 result.
Cincinnati was embarrassingly outshot 31-7 by Nashville SC, a troubling start to the season for a team that has been drastically rebuilt after finishing bottom of the league last season.
"If you're leading 2-0 away, normally you're supposed to get at least one point and we took the one point," FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton said.
"But of course, we all want to win. If you watch the game, they had more chances than we had. So, sometimes, the game is like that. We have to deal with that, and we have to take this point as a winning point, not as a losing game, or like losing two points. That's a winning point. I want to look at this as a positive way."
New York City FC could have and should have taken more from their season-opening 2-1 loss at D.C. United. NYCFC had the run of play, controlling possession for 61.7 percent of the match but still managed just four shots on goal.
NYCFC's struggles in front of goal shouldn't be a surprise, given the continued recovery of forward Heber following a torn ACL last September. The Brazilian forward had 16 goals and six assists in his 34 games with the club before the injury.
Like FC Cincinnati, NYCFC went up early only to drop points. In the 15th minute, Valentin Castellanos poached a goal from inside the six-yard box off a feed from Anton Tinnerholm down the right flank. D.C. United scored two goals late in the first half to steal the win from their Eastern Conference rival.
NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila conceded that the "first half was disappointing" even as the second half showed some improvement and closer to the solid form that NYCFC showed in preseason.
"It was not even close to what the performances we've had lately. I think it was a step back, we lose the ball way too much," Deila said. "We had no depth in the attack either, we had (only) three, four players instead of having more players inside the pitch."
"Overall a disappointing day. We can be better than this."
They'll get a chance to show it Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
--Field Level Media