Ay, ay, ay…yet another two points thrown away. “A draw that feels like a loss” does not do this any justice. As Chris Magalee wrote, the 1-1 result for 2nd-place New York City FC in DSG Park against 22nd-place Colorado Rapids was a loss, period. How does this impact the remainder of the season? We look at that and other pointers to come from this match.
1. Tommy McNamara is an archer, or may have been one in a past life. His trademark goal was City’s 50th goal this season (…yay…) and 161st goal all-time (161st Street…not until October 22nd, fam…). 50 goals tie Portland for fourth place in the league. Compare that to 26 including the one on Saturday Colorado scored, putting them at 21st in the league.
3. Another good thing to come from this match: The Kid is back! David Villa makes his return following an injury he suffered during his time with the Spanish national team. Reminder: he is one goal away from becoming the first MLS player to score at least 20 goals in back-to-back seasons.
4. According to MLS Magic Number on Twitter, the magic number for NYCFC to clinch a playoff spot before the match was 4. With this point a win would do it.
— MLS Magic Number (@MLSmagicnumber) September 17, 2017
This is was what it was before the match. Playoff clinched with just a win now, but SS, unfortunately, was never a possibility in my view. https://t.co/Q0ypsBN8tS
— Roddy Russell Jr. (@rrusselljr93) September 17, 2017
5. …First goal scored in Colorado…right.
Yeah, I got nothing else…sorry. This was yet another disappointing match. City is now 11 points behind Toronto FC, who I truly feel won the Shield weeks ago (remember Matt Doyle made my thoughts known to the MLS universe), and Chicago Fire are now only 3 points behind NYCFC. MLS Magic Number says that for Toronto, 5 points will clinch the Shield.
Speaking of points, let me put my analyst cap on for a second. Looking back at matches City dropped two or three points in (not counting matches City flat out lost or got lucky to take a point), I found 20 points total dropped. 51 points currently + 20 points dropped = 71 points City could be standing on right now.
I will leave it there. See you next week.
New York Connecticut FC…bloody hell, we will never hear the end of this…