NEW YORK CITY — On this week’s On Frame, reaction from the locker room after New York City FC’s first U.S. Open Cup victory. Also, Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks has one-on-one conversations with former United States men’s national team interim coach Dave Sarachan, now heading up North Carolina FC, and USWNT defender Kelley O’Hara.
NYCFC, with just 15 players available for selection, won its first Open Cup game in five tries. The Cityzens defeated North Carolina FC 4-0 Wednesday night at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. Keaton Parks completed a second-half brace to lead his team into a round-of-16 game at DC United.
Sarachan led the USMNT for more than a year between Bruce Arena’s resignation and the hiring of Gregg Berhalter. The NCFC manager commented on criticism Berhalter has received from American fans going into the Concacaf Gold Cup.
“Oh, it’s ridiculous — it’s way too early for people to be going nutty about this,” Sarachan said. “People on the outside have no idea what goes on on the inside.”
O’Hara is playing in her third World Cup for the USWNT. In a conversation had before the Americans departed for France — and before they shattered Thailand 13-0 — the fullback explained how she transitioned to defense after playing as a prolific goal-scoring forward in college.
“Where did it all go wrong? I’m kidding, it’s been great [laughs],” O’Hara said. “In the fall of 2011, Pia [Sundhage, former USWNT head coach] came up to me and said if you want to make the Olympic team in 2012 it’s going to be as a fullback. She asked, ‘How do you feel about that?’ And I said, ‘Well, let’s get started then because we’ve got some things some things to work on. If this is what I have to do to play this is what I’m going to do.'”