Hi everyone and welcome to Season 1 Episode 2 of the New York City Football Club Fan Podcast. I’m your host, Andres Emilio Soto and I am super excited that you are listening. Before we start I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the listeners. Thank you! This show could not be possible without your support. If you want to send an email write to email@example.com or leave a voicemail by clicking the blue button on the ride side of our website NYCFCPodcast.com. Any reviews, comments or predictions about New York City Football Club will be played on the podcast.
Wow. What a way to start the season. First a tie playing away against Orlando City SC and today a win at home against the New England Revolution. This is truly NYCFC History in the making as a little over 43,000 were in attendance on a very cold and windy Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC started the game much faster, compared to their first match, when with just four minutes on the clock Andrew Jacobson fed David Villa who then passed to a wide open Adam Nemec. Nemec did not strike the ball with enough force and was blocked by New England Revolution goalie Bobby Shuttleworth. Though with that momentum and the great fans cheering and chanting for NYCFC, David Villa scored a goal in the 19th minute thanks to a give and go with Ned Grabavoy.
New England Revolution stepped up their game after that goal and missed a few opportunities to tie. The biggest chance came around the 41st minute when a direct header by Juan Agudelo found Josh Saunders’ arms at the right place and time. Saunders then was was able to scramble and stop the ball from slowly crossing the goal line.
The goal that sealed the game came in the 84th minute when David Villa rushed down the left side of the field and after some witty footwork made a simple cross to find a sliding Patrick Mullins on the back post. Mullins was only on the pitch for about a minute after he replaced Nemec. Oddly enough Mullins was drafted by the New England Revolution last year.
It was awesome to see this first home game end with a two zero score.
Fan Message Corner
Jose Quintana: As the season unfolds, I believe Shelton will become an automatic starter. I see him as the future face of the franchise. Assuming things start well, how do you see the arrival of Frank Lampard effecting the roster?
NYCFC drafted Shelton with their first round pick, pick #2 overall and within the first two games you can see why. When he entered into the second half in week one against Orlando SC, he gave the team a sudden boost in speed and actually could of had an assist during his first few minutes if Nemec didn’t miss the shot. In the game against New England he also came in on the second half and again contributed immediately. Within the first few minutes, Shelton sprinted down the right flank and was tripped right before the penalty box drawing a foul, and more importantly a red card. That free kick was then taken by David Villa who just missed the left upright by about a foot. I think the major weakness Shelton has is his inability to move laterally to his left. It seems he’s either moves forward or towards his right. But he’s a rookie, only has two pro games under his belt and certainly has the tools and stature to improve his overall game.
So now, from a rookie to a veteran, I’m not too excited about Lampard joining us. It has nothing to do with preseason drama but it has more to do with my happiness with our current midfield scenario. Though The season just started, there are no injuries and those injuries will come, it’s inevitable, it’s part of the game.! Lampard would be a great addition for the teams depth but he wasn’t brought here to come off the bench. I hope that when he does join us in June he’ll be eased in slowly to learn our style of play, which is still a work in progress. He’s a class player and I’m sure he’ll mix well with our squad.
That’s my opinion. What’s your opinion on Juan’s question? Do you think Shelton will be and what are your thoughts on Lampard joining?
I predict that NYCFC will beat Colorado at a score of 2 to 1, come form behind
Why is NYCFC such an easy target?
David Villa is fun, dominant, and downright perfect for MLS
Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Great clip below to see David Villa’s first goal as a member of NYCFC thanks to @nycfc.lovers on Instagram
Thanks to Jimmy T for these amazing clips!
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