“The Avian Derby”, “Battle of the Birds”, “Battle in the Sky”, “Die Luftschlacht”, it’s been called so many names (okay, I made that last one up, whatever). But one thing is certain: on the night, the Pigeons were better than the Loons. Let’s talk some AfterFacts from Thursday night’s match at Yankee Stadium against Minnesota United FC.
1. As stated in the post match recap, New York City FC matched the record of four straight league wins set last year. What’s interesting about this is that this year, the streak started just one match earlier than last year.
2. Another streak matched from last year: five straight undefeated. Last year, City went D-W-W-W-D between match days 8 and 12. This year, the club has gone D-W-W-W-W in the last five, starting on match day 14.
3. NYCFC has the third best points per match in the East at 2.22 behind Chicago (2.78) and Toronto (2.56). Counting for the teams in the West, Houston (2.56) and Kansas City (2.50) take third and fourth respectively, putting City in fifth in the league.
4. Scoring his second goal on Thurdsay, Alexander Callens holds the record of most goals scored by an NYCFC defender.
5. Eirik Johansen makes his second ever MLS regular season appearance, his first this season. He last played in a 4-1 home victory against Columbus last year. So far, yes, he has conceded one goal in each match, but City still managed to win both.
6. As of Saturday morning (when I am writing this), City has scored the most goals (34) of any team in MLS so far. City also has the third most shots (255) behind Kansas City (266) and Real Salt Lake (264), but has the most shots on goal (99)
7. I think that this is worth stating: THE HYPNO-KITS ARE BACK!
And now to cross-country and across the northern border to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps. So far, City has won both games against them. Let’s find out if that continues on Wednesday night. I suggest taking a nap before the game…
Glad this wasn’t a trap game…