While Ben Olsen said he’ll sip on a bourbon to celebrate a D.C. United playoff birth, New York City FC coach Dome Torrent might be raiding his liquor cabinet for less favorable reasons following another murky road act.
City has just one victory in its last nine matches after dropping a 3-1 decision to United at Audi Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss also meant the club tied a dubious mark from its expansion season in 2015 — just four road wins.
The Cityzens were outhustled and outclassed in the first 15 minutes, trailing 1-0 after Wayne Rooney’s first-time finish off a byline feed from Luciano Acosta, who slalomed past four City defenders before the delivery.
Torrent offered a sardonic evaluation of the opening goal.
“Acosta seems like Maradona or Messi,” he said. “He was able to dribble five players. This is about attitude – in my language, it’s attitude.”
The eternally optimistic Sean Johnson was clearly disturbed by the team’s latest misfortune.
“Right now, it’s really tough to look for answers or solve problems after a performance like this,” the New York City goalkeeper said. “They came out with more intensity than us. I don’t think we came out back to front with the right intensity to come into a place like this and battle from the first whistle.”
Alex Ring was stoic, stern and pragmatic in his postgame declaration.
“As we know, it’s not good enough in this league if you sleep the first 15 or 20 minutes. You might get punished like we did today,” Ring said. “Sleeping and not showing up until we are 2-0 down. After that for 60-65 minutes I think we played a good away game.”
“I don’t understand what happened the first 20 minutes,” Torrent said. “We have a big, big problem when we play away. I say to them that they have to play with confidence because maybe they are much better than they think.”
That self-assurance is evident at home where NYCFC will host the Philadelphia Union on Decision Day in MLS – Sunday, October 28.
City has an 11-1-4 mark at Yankee Stadium.