Dome Torrent was undoubtedly happy after three-straight wins which ended in an impactful win against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night 2-1. The team looked strong over long stretches despite not being able to solidify their league through various scoring opportunities. The win not only pushed the Hudson River Derby into a new chapter but also elevated City one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
“Maybe it’s the best performance for sure,” said Torrent about the team after the win. “Against Red Bulls, 100 percent.
“I’m very happy right now with the whole team. I want to say just thank you very much, because the team played amazing against the Red Bulls. The atmosphere was unbelievable,. It’s for our fans, because I know how important it is for them.”
To say that this win was massive to the fan base is an understatement. It has been a year where the team has dealt with the loss of top stars such as David Villa, uncertainty over the lack of stadium information and a start to the season that had many calling for Torrent’s exit. Of late the team has proven to be capable of deploying the Spaniard’s style of football which differs from the direction of most MLS teams. Playing out of the back and creating plays without the frantic high-press that the Red Bulls have become known for implementing. A few wayward moments aside and City see themselves with the possibility of finishing higher up the standings than ever before.
Much of that has to do with the fantastic play of Heber. The Brazilian striker came in with high expectations and little known about his ability. An early injury spell added to frustrations but he has since won over the fans with 13 goals and an impressive game-winner on Saturday that will be remembered in the history of this rivalry.
Next up is a cross-country trip to Vancouver. They will need to keep the pressure up on both Atlanta and Philadelphia but it appears more than likely that they are headed toward hosting an MLS Cup Playoff game come October.