NYC FC put in a great defensive display to keep the Montreal Impact to only 1 shot on target the whole game. Offensively though this team was already struggling to score goals since Villa left, and with their main playmaker out injured they really lacked creativity in the final third. They relied on playmaking from deep from either Ring or Sands, and they often looked to play it out wide and then look for cutbacks.
Generating Scoring Opportunities
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
NYC FC did a great job in creating chances but was so poor at finishing. For a club that wants to make the playoffs and challenge for the MLS Cup, this performance was inexcusable. Their lack of creativity in the final third and lack of having a true striker on the pitch hurt them as well. Ultimately NYC FC will see this as 2 points dropped at home, in a game where they should've at least put away 3 of the many chances they created.
Executing Defensive Game Plan
Controlling Offensive Pressure
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
Contrary to their offensive performance, defensively this was a masterclass from NYC FC. They were excellently set up defensively with a back 4 and a double pivot in midfield. They were always quick to stop any Montreal attacks and cleared away most of Montreal's set pieces and corners. By the end of the game, Montreal only had 1 shot on target and that just shows how excellent NYC FC's defense was.
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
Defensive Support & Transition
The midfield performed excellently. The double pivot of Ring and Sands is really starting to become something great. Ring operated as the deeper of the two and often became part of a back 3 when NYC FC had possession. They did a great job at switching the play and looking for passes in between the lines. Mitrita and Medina would often switch from the wing to the #10 position to look for space. The midfield did a great job at keeping the ball and creating chances for the forwards. By the end of the game, NYC FC had 65% possession and created some good chances to score.
Lineup & Substitutions
Dome Torrent had a great game plan for this game with NYC FC lining them up in a 4-2-3-1 formation out of possession, which seamlessly turned into a 3-4-2-1/3-4-3 when in possession. They were excellent defensively but below average offensively. Although they created a fair amount of chances, they just couldn't finish. His substitutions were excellent. He brought on Tajouri-Shradi and Heber for Lewis and Medina who were poor on the wings. These subs brought in energy and pace and made the game more lively. Dome also tinkered after Montreal got a red and brought on an extra midfielder to have an open man in the middle.
Alexander Ring (8)
Ring had a commanding performance in midfield. He acted as a deep lying midfielder who often switched the ball to the open wingers, and also played many passes in between the lines. He was also excellent defensively playing in a double pivot alongside Sands.
James Sands (16)
He put in a man of the match display. Him and Ring were the center of creativity for NYC FC. Although he's only 18 he put in such a great performance he looked like an experienced veteran out on the pitch. He completed the most amount of passes out of all the midfielders on the field. He had 7 out of 8 accurate long balls, and he was also solid defensively winning 10 out of 15 duels.