Do you ever wonder what a hamster is thinking when they spend a good portion of their lives running on the hamster wheel, going nowhere?
Well, watching NYCFC this season is like watching soccer being played on a hamster wheel because, quite honestly, NYCFC is running in place right now at this point of the season.
Sitting at 5-7-10 in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, the Pigeons again are their own worst enemy at times, and watching these matches leads me to believe that NYCFC is running in place.
NYCFC breaks a streak and then…starts another one.
Last Saturday, it was truly a celebration for the Pigeons as they won their first road match of the season over CF Montreal 1-0 north of the border. CF Montreal has been tough at home this season, so this victory was indeed an accomplishment for NYCFC as they also broke an eleven-match MLS winless streak with this win as well.
As the accolades started pouring in and it seemed as though this victory was a symbolic turning of the corner for NYCFC, they went straight back to their usual ways. Facing Charlotte FC on Wednesday night, the Pigeons again fell flat on the attack and salvaged yet another draw courtesy of Braian Cufre in the 81st minute of this match. While a 1-1 draw is not necessarily a disaster per se when you outshoot a team 21 shots to only three and have 58% of the ball possession in a match but only walk out with a draw, most soccer pundits would consider that a concession.
NYCFC is running in place.
Two steps forward and three steps back is an oft-used cliche, but let’s be honest here – that cliche could easily be used to describe NYCFC this season. It was a good win against CF Montreal last weekend, and things could be on their way to more positive changes, and then the Pigeons settle for yet another draw.
When will Talles Magno start showing off his goal-scoring prowess again? The Brazilian hit four shots on Wednesday night, and all four were on-frame but no golazos there.
In reality, NYCFC is so desperately in need of a real striker right now that it almost hurts to watch this squad play, cross passes, shoot, and nothing happens.
Outshooting an opponent 21 to three means that, in theory, you dominated the attack, but nothing really matters until you put the ball in the back of the net.