It seems like years ago now, but it was only last winter when Jason Kreis selected Khiry Shelton as the club’s first ever MLS SuperDraft selection, the number 2 pick overall after Cyle Larin.
It’s no secret here at HRB that the club stinks when it comes to its regional rivalry matches. After losing all possible points last season versus the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos, the team has started this season once again following that trend. Recently, the team lost (once again) to NASL side New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup. And of course there’s the Red Massacre that can’t be expunged from our brains quickly enough. As improved as the club has looked this season, these improvements still seem hollow to fans as long as they continue to lose to their cross-river rivals.
In the aftermath of the news that New York City FC have sold Kwadwo Poku to NASL side Miami FC, our attention now draws to another mercurial midfielder in City Blue: Mix Diskerud. Since his signing was announced by the club over two years ago, the fans’ reaction to Diskerud has gone from (probably unfounded) high expectations to perpetual frustration with the American International midfielder. And now, much like last season, it is continuing to look as Diskerud was a bad signing for New York City FC.
In the club’s inaugural season last year, through six matches the record stood at 1 win, 3 draws, and 2 losses. Flash forward to now, the 2016 season, and NYCFC stood through six matches at 1 win, 3 draws, and 2 losses. If you’re looking at the box score and the schedule things look pretty much the same as they looked last year at this time under Jason Kreis. And even if you look at this team on it’s superficial surface you will see a team that has a lot of the possession, and suffers on defense. Similar things people could see last season as well.
It’s now three weeks after NYCFC’s home opener against Toronto FC, and what looked like a promising start has now given way to frustration and overall confusion on the state of the club and how they perform at home.