New York Pride – John Harbour – Medium
The evening air was heavy and uncomfortable, more common in July than the beginning of June, with the constant threat of a downpour that would never materialize. Jesus Medina looked like an Abercrombie and Fitch model in a sweat-soaked kit towards the end of the match as New York City FC hosted Orlando City FC during Pride Night at the Etihad Pitch at Yankee Stadium.
After last weeks collapse in Houston Dynamo, there was an air of caution in the stands as The Man in Seat 9 and those around him waited to see which side would appear on the pitch. The dynamic, high pressing, build from the back, offensive machine — or the less than formidable midfield that allows the opposing attack to break into channels that shreds the defense. It would be neither.
Patrick Vieira fielded a starting eleven that, to put politely, was creative. David Villa was held in reserve on the bench. Anton Tinnerholm was brought up as a forward to play alongside Jesus Medina and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. And Jo Inge Berget was set alone at the top of the formation as striker. It was a risky lineup, designed I think to keep Villa’s legs fresh for the midweek US Open Cup match against New York Red Bulls.
Tinnerholm played well as a wing, taking long passes to switch play and then feeding them into the box. He didn’t unleash the “boom” as I was hoping he would, but he played his new position capably. Jo Ing Berget did not.
- Tinnerholm showing his versatility in a forward role. Great assist to Ismael
Tajouri-Shradi to put the Boys in Blue first on the board.
- Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scoring a brace. One of the smartest and most accurate forwards I have seen in a long time.
- Sebastien Ibeagha. Excellent defensive play and again great balls passed into space for the attack to move forward.
- Jonathan Lewis coming out of witness protection. Just so that we know he’s still around.
- Sacha Kljestan choking on the PK. Thanks Sacha.
- The goal frame.
- Tonewall singing the National Anthem. One of the best renditions heard so far this season.
- Jo Ing Berget. I am one who is pulling for you, hard. But it’s getting difficult. I see the value that you bring off of the ball that others miss… the bruising physicality that pulls defenders away from the middle and allows Villa and Moralez to move into space — but you need to finish. You need to start putting the ball into the back of the net.
- Persistent rumors of Patrick Vieira move to OGC Nice
US Open Cup 4th round at Red Bull Stadium. The Red Bull’s are coming off a late match loss against New England as we come off a rebound win over Orlando. After being humiliated on our last visit to Harrison, I think this will be a much different match. Although we’ve never fared well in the USOC, I think we’ll make it further this year than in the past.
Prediction: RBNY 2 — NYCFC 3.
Proud to be a New Yorker,
The Man in Seat 9