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July 15, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New York City FC News Release


New York City FC 1 - 3 Orlando City SC

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

"MLS is Back Tournament" Group A - Match 2

ESPN Wide World of Sports | Orlando, FL


New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, James Sands (68' Keaton Parks), Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Ronald Matarrita; Alex Ring, Jesus Medina (68' Alexandru Mitriță), Gudmundur Thórarinsson (46' Ismael Tajouri-Shradi); Valentin Castellanos (87' Gary Mackay-Steven), Héber

SUBS UNUSED: Luis Barraza, Joe Scally, Tayvon Gray, Tony Rocha, Juan Pablo Torres, Justin Haak, Nicolas Acevedo

Orlando City SC: Pedro Gallese; Ruan, Antonio Carlos, Robin Jansson, Joao Moutinho; Oriol Rossell (65' Jhegson Mendez), Junior Urso, Chris Mueller (80' Benji Michel), Mauricio Pereyra (80' Andres Perea) , Nani; Dom Dwyer (61' Tesho Akindele)

SUBS UNUSED: Brian Rowe, Alex De John, Kyle Smith, Rodrigo Schlegel, David Loera, Robinho, Santiago Panino, Daryl Dike


4' - OCSC - Chris Mueller (Assisted By: Joao Moutinho)

10' - OCSC - Chris Mueller (Assisted By: Dom Dwyer, Ruan)

38' - NYC - Jesus Medina (Assisted By: Héber)

81' - OCSC - Tesho Akindele


18' - NYC - Valentin Castellanos (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)

22' - OCSC - Robin Jansson (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)

37' - NYC - James Sands (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)

52' - NYC - Alex Ring (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)

56' - OCSC - Joao Moutinho (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)

73' - OCSC - Pedro Gallese (Yellow Card - Time Wasting)

79' - OCSC - Mauricio Pereyra (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior)


NYCFC Head Coach Ronny Deila:

On slow start...

"The first half an hour is not good enough. I have to take responsibility for it because it seems like we weren't clear enough on how we want to play. We didn't show what we want to do in the first thirty minutes. After that, we changed a lot of things and we looked more dangerous."

On mindset of group going forward...

"We're not in a good atmosphere right now. We hate losing. Today we're not happy with the way we started the game. When you haven't won games for a while, you get stressed and lose confidence. We can't dig ourself a hole and jump in that. We have to fight and stay united...we have to look forward."

NYCFC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson:

On the slow start...

"It's not ideal being in that situation. We step on the pitch to win and not to concede goals. It's not a good feeling, but there is a lot of game to be played. We did our best to claw back into the game before halftime and gave ourselves a chance...we can't start slow. We have to be more tuned in and eliminate those early opportunities for opponents."

On responding to the string of losses...

"We're not a Club that is used to losing games, especially consecutive games. It's a rough moment, but it's moment like these that we have to look within and figure out what it's going to take to turn it around. We have another game left in the tournament and I can tell you we're going to put everything into it in training to make it right...we have to start putting results together, plain and simple."

NYCFC Midfielder Jesus Medina:

On his goal...

"It was an important for me of course, but for the team we needed more in the first few minutes."

On slow start...

"We didn't have the confidence like we did in the second half. If we had played as well as we did in second half during the first few minutes, we probably could have finished well."

On the tournament so far...

"These past two games, the results were negative, but collectively on the football side we're playing well. We're just missing goals and we need to play better."

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