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NYCFC has gone 10 straight games without winning or losing by more than one goal. Their record in that stretch is 4-4-2. The 2 draws started the streak. Last multi-goal differential was 2-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 3 on May 1. Despite several disappointing results, NYCFC has yet to lose a game by more than 1 goal this year.
 

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Aside from New England’s thrashing of Miami, positive results in the East for all as everyone else drew. We’re still 7th in the East but with a game in hand on most teams. Another positive set of results this weekend and we can go up to 2nd.
If Johnson stops Nani's long range goal, and the rest of the season is the same, including all the other long range goals we conceded, and all the games where we score 1 goal, NYCFC would have 22 points, sitting in 4th place and 2nd in PPG. Orlando drops to a 6th place tie with Columbus. The mood among NYCFC fans is 100% different.
 
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I cant believe I'm saying this, but Unkel had a good game today. Nothing controversial, nothing egregious, nothing that stood out to me as "damn that was a bad call"
yep, Unkel was pretty invisible which is exactly the way you want a ref to be. The few times I muttered to myself “that’s a yellow” - unkel pulled out the card. Good that he carded the MTL player who shot way after the whistle.

nice to have a game where LionNYC LionNYC isn’t furious about a conspiracy theory with blown ref calls or furiously tweeting instant replay to PRO refs and the extra time crew.
 

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Very underrated performance from Taty tonight. Another great game of holdup and linking play, getting into dangerous spaces, and opening up space for others.

I thought he was one of our top players tonight.
taty is putting in the work in terms of hold up, flickons, and a lot of running. He needs to finish some chances though.
 

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Looking at the box score, here are the numbers for Duel, and Duel % for a handful of players:

Acevedo 10 - 55.6%
Medina 10 - 71.4%
Parks 3 - 50%
Tinnerholm 5 - 25%
Shradi 14 - 60%

None of those are mathematically possible. Can you win a fraction of a duel? Does anyone understand what these numbers mean, assuming they're not just made up?
 
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yep, Unkel was pretty invisible which is exactly the way you want a ref to be. The few times I muttered to myself “that’s a yellow” - unkel pulled out the card. Good that he carded the MTL player who shot way after the whistle.

nice to have a game where LionNYC LionNYC isn’t furious about a conspiracy theory with blown ref calls or furiously tweeting instant replay to PRO refs and the extra time crew.
Effin’ hilarious that the MTL player who took that shot way after the whistle hit the post
 

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Effin’ hilarious that the MTL player who took that shot way after the whistle hit the post
I found that really funny too!

...Also, while we're giving out credit where it's due, I think Medina deserves some words. He's (the same age as me omg...) really grown into his strength and completely morphed from the kid who used to be afraid to go into challenges, into a player that runs, bodies, and defends for the ball. I was impressed watching him turn over the ball many times today. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season with this new Medina.

Finally, I found this funny.
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medina and taty both work hard. definitely underrated because they don't finish. both of them had at least 2 chances where they should have put the ball in the back of the net. the goals will come and when that first one hits, they will start flowing. hopefully it comes all at the right time and we ride that wave of goals into the post season and to the cup.

it's nice to see isi find some form. definitely our most dangerous attacker today and worked hard on both sides of the ball as well. glad he's staying healthy and getting goals. hope it continues!
 

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Very underrated performance from Taty tonight. Another great game of holdup and linking play, getting into dangerous spaces, and opening up space for others.

I thought he was one of our top players tonight.
I would add that Medina was solid. Got in good positions all night, his corners were solid ( we should have scored on at least one) worked well in tight spots, and did not cough up the ball. For all our failure to score, our midfield and forwards very rarely cough up stupid turnovers that become counters. Maxi, Medina, Isi, Taty, And Gudi all play smart on the ball. Tinner, Barraaza, Chanot, and to a lesser degree Cacha were the main possession problems tonight. Tinner is just really off. Wonder what is up with that.
Good on Barrazza for the assist and the clean sheet as a confidence booster, but his distribution is often panicky and he didn’t really have much to stop tonight. MOTM was generous. Isi was the best guy on the field.
 
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I would add that Medina was solid. Got in good positions all night, his corners were solid ( we should have scored on at least one) worked well in tight spots, and did not cough up the ball. For all our failure to score, our midfield and forwards very rarely cough up stupid turnovers that become counters. Maxi, Medina, Isi, Taty, And Gudi all play smart on the ball. Tinner, Barraaza, Chanot, and to a lesser degree Cacha were the main possession problems tonight. Tinner is just really off. Wonder what is up with that.
Good on Barrazza for the assist and the clean sheet as a confidence booster, but his distribution is often panicky and he didn’t really have much to stop tonight. MOTM was generous. Isi was the best guy on the field.
Gudi is smart on the ball, but my biggest pet peeve of his is he never makes quick decisions or take risks with the ball when in the final 3rd and he often misses runners as he instead just continues to hold the ball.

It seems like he waits for the perfect opportunity to send in a cross (which he has a fantastic crossing ability), but again, there are often other options that present themselves shortly after he gains possession, and he almost always doesn't pull the trigger. Perhaps he doesn't want to turn the ball over, and I get that to a degree, but the positions he is in when doing so, are often high enough up the pitch that turning it over there is ok.
 

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Gudi is smart on the ball, but my biggest pet peeve of his is he never makes quick decisions or take risks with the ball when in the final 3rd and he often misses runners as he instead just continues to hold the ball.

It seems like he waits for the perfect opportunity to send in a cross (which he has a fantastic crossing ability), but again, there are often other options that present themselves shortly after he gains possession, and he almost always doesn't pull the trigger. Perhaps he doesn't want to turn the ball over, and I get that to a degree, but the positions he is in when doing so, are often high enough up the pitch that turning it over there is ok.
he just doesn't want to turn the ball over and then have to RUN back to defense cause he's tired from getting into the attacking position. lol.