Dome Torrent is happy that NYCFC stopped their recent skid with a 2-1 win over Colorado on Saturday but there is much to improve on. The team missed key opportunities in front of goal that could have led to lost points towards the end of the game.
“We missed a lot of opportunities,” said Torrent after the game. “We have to be more clinical in the 18-yard-box because we miss a lot of opportunities. After that, I’m very happy with the players, they played really well but the problem was the last five minutes.”
City started the game sluggish, giving up a goal in the first 10 minutes when Jonathan Lewis, former NYCFC prospect, whipped a ball in front of goal that was knocked in by Sebastian Anderson. By the 33rd minute, Anderson had earned himself a red card, shifting the game in City’s favor. Heber scored in the 40th minute and Alexandru Mitrita put the game to bed in the 83rd but there were many chances in between that City could not convert.
“When you play one player up, you have to keep the ball,” said Torrent. “It didn’t happen. It’s about five minutes, keep the ball, pass the ball, control the ball. But when we have the ball we want to score another goal but the most important thing is don’t lose control.”
The win may calm some fans who watched City tumble down the table but it should be far more uplifting. There are still four games in hand over the first place Philadelphia Union. The previous two losses were their second and third of the campaign, meaning they are still ahead of the curve compared to other Eastern Conference opposition. On Friday they play Sporting KC who are tough but have had their own woes in the West.
“The last two games in MLS, we lost,” said Heber. “It’s nice when we play away and get three points. It’s important to us to go up in the table. We need to keep working this way and, for sure, great things are coming for us.”