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I wouldn't complain about playing in our country in a 1-game knockout. LMX was already in its season when we outplayed Tigres. If it's December, we should have a fully fit Maxi AND Sands. I think a holiday CCL would be a pretty neat move, instead of February-May
 

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The 2015 NYCFC team scored 49 goals for 1.44 goals per game, easily the lowest G/Gm in club history. To exceed that ratio and avoid being the worst scoring team in club history, this team -- currently at 1.26 G/Gm -- needs to score 10 goals in its last 4 games.
On the positive side, last year's team gave up 42 goals for 1.25 GA/Gm. This year NYCFC sits at 1.00 GA/Gm and need allow 9 goals or fewer to be the best defensive team (as measured by that single metric) in club history.
Short season disclaimer, but new club records seem are certainly within reach and seem likely.
 
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The 2015 NYCFC team scored 49 goals for 1.44 goals per game, easily the lowest G/Gm in club history. To exceed that ratio and avoid being the worst scoring team in club history, this team -- currently at 1.26 G/Gm -- needs to score 10 goals in its last 4 games.
On the positive side, last year's team gave up 42 goals for 1.25 GA/Gm. This year NYCFC sits at 1.00 GA/Gm and need allow 9 goals or fewer to be the best defensive team (as measured by that single metric) in club history.
Short season disclaimer, but new club records seem are certainly within reach and seem likely.
It's so crazy given Deila's "conceed 3, score 4" mentality that we have literally the opposite.
 

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The 2015 NYCFC team scored 49 goals for 1.44 goals per game, easily the lowest G/Gm in club history. To exceed that ratio and avoid being the worst scoring team in club history, this team -- currently at 1.26 G/Gm -- needs to score 10 goals in its last 4 games.
On the positive side, last year's team gave up 42 goals for 1.25 GA/Gm. This year NYCFC sits at 1.00 GA/Gm and need allow 9 goals or fewer to be the best defensive team (as measured by that single metric) in club history.
Short season disclaimer, but new club records seem are certainly within reach and seem likely.
We've gone from Pep to Mourinho
 

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After a 3-0 win over Dallas last night Nashville is 3 pts back of NYCFC with a game in hand. NYC has 2 more wins and a 4 GD advantage currently.
RB is 1 point back, even on games played, plays NYC on 11/1. NYC has 1 more win and a 6 GD advantage.
Montreal is 4 back but plays NYC next, so there is a chance to be 1 point behind with 3 to play if they win. NYC currently has 1 extra win and a 12 GD advantage.
Bit of a gap to Chicago: 7 points back, game in hand, plays NYC on decision day. NYC has 3 more wins and a 9 GD advantage.

Bottom line is NYC plays 3 of its last 4 games against teams chasing it for the last BYE spot in the playoffs and needs results to stay there. It's not inconceivable a first round game would be on the road. The biggest reason that is a bit unlikely is not that NYC will play better but that it requires multiple mediocre/poor teams go on a streak to end the season.

Below that, Atlanta and Miami are 8 and 9 points back respectively, and even on games played. NYC has 3 more wins than both and a 9 and 15 GD advantage. Missing the playoffs is unlikely but possible with a rather complete collapse and a streak by either of those teams.
 
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Bottom line is NYC plays 3 of its last 4 games against teams chasing it for the last BYE spot in the playoffs and needs results to stay there. It's not inconceivable a first round game would be on the road. The biggest reason that is a bit unlikely is not that NYC will play better but that it requires multiple mediocre/poor teams go on a streak to end the season.

NYCFC will be on the road with a first round bye, no? Seems like the options are on the road against Columbus or Orlando with the bye, or at home against Montreal/Chicago/Atlanta without the bye. Odd as it may seem, dropping to 7th might be better for long term success in the playoffs. It is an extra game, but Montreal home + Toronto/Philadelphia road seems a better path than Columbus/Orlando road based on results this season. Philadelphia is weaker late season, and the team has played well against Toronto regardless of recent 1-0 results.
 

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NYCFC will be on the road with a first round bye, no?
As it stands now we'd play Columbus in Round 2 after a Bye.
Philadelphia is weaker late season, and the team has played well against Toronto regardless of recent 1-0 results.
Philly has one loss and 2.30 PPG in its last ten games. We did play well against them that one time in MLS is Back. Toronto is 9 games without a loss; Orlando is up to 12 undefeated. Only Columbus is slipping late.

But frankly, I can't have confidence against any of the top 4 teams in the East. Even including the TFC tournament game we won, we're 2-6-1 with a -5 goal differential, failed to score 4 times, and the only multi-goal game for NYC was that TFC game in the tournament. Upsets happen. Beating any of them would be an upset.