New York City FC (10-5-8) has dropped four of its last seven matches and head coach Dome Torrent was still troubled by his team’s most recent performance when he met with reporters following Thursday’s training session.
“I’m not happy with the style we played against Atlanta,” Torrent said – reiterating his desire to play a short passing game.
The Five Stripes defeated City, 2-1 last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“When you are in trouble of course you can play long ball but we have several signs about long ball that everybody knows on our team,” he said. “Maybe if you have the right players to play long ball like (Andy) Carroll in the Premier League you can play in this style. But we have (Alexandru) Mitriță and Maxi (Moralez) – we have Gaz (Gary Mackay-Steven), we have Ismael (Tajouri-Shradi) and they have another quality.”
Today’s opponent is FC Cincinnati (5-17-3), the cellar-dwellers of Major League Soccer. The expansion side is operating under its third manager of the season, Ron Jans. The 60-year old Dutchman has coached extensively in the Eredivisie and opened his MLS career with a 2-2 draw at Columbus in the inaugural #HellisRising derby match.
“If you think about that when you play Cincinnati you make a big mistake,” Torrent said referring to FCC’s last place status. “At the moment in MLS, it is not important if you are first position or you are at the bottom of the table. Maybe in the Premier League, the Bundesliga, maybe in Italy that means you don’t have possibilities. But not in MLS especially when you are away and on a tough, tough field.”
Nippert Stadium, the home of FCC and the Cincinnati Bearcats football team, has an artificial playing surface more suited to collegiate football.
Kick-off for FC Cincinnati versus New York City FC is 7:38pm EST.
For the second consecutive match, Torrent will meet up against a tactician from the Netherlands.
Regarding Atlanta’s Frank de Boer, Torrent said he suspected that the former Ajax player and coach would have success despite his brief, dismal stints at Crystal Palace and Inter Milan.
De Boer was sacked after 85 days in Milan while surviving only 10 weeks at Palace.
“Remember when I say to you the coaches need time – the coaches need time,” Torrent told Pro Soccer USA. “And Frank needed time. It’s impossible to win every single game especially when you come from Europe you need time. Frank is a good coach and I am happy for him especially because its not fair when the people criticize in one month the new coach. I was sure he would be able to combat the situation.”
Perhaps Torrent was reflecting on the parallels to his own situation in New York when the social media cries for #DomeOut reverberated through the City supporters after their team went winless over the first six matches of the season.
Concerning the exploits of Atlanta striker, Josef Martinez, Torrent is alerted to a clear distinction between MLS and the top league’s in Europe.
“Josef Martinez? The MLS is about that if you have the right players in the forward,” said Torrent who has coached in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League. “For me, the difference between Europe and here – in Europe you need very good center backs and very good midfielders because in Europe most teams want to take control of the game. Here, it’s about the strikers. Everybody has good defenders – not top defenders but good defenders and good midfielders but you make the difference with the wingers and the strikers. That’s why Atlanta won last year with Josef. This year it’s LAFC between the two players Vela and Rossi. If you ask me, this is the big difference between Europe and MLS.”