Mike Grella ($60K salary) nutmegged Frank Lampard ($6 million salary) today en route to the second goal. A guy who played pretty much his entire career before this year in the Championship taking one of the best Premier League midfielders ever to school. I have seen it all.
Doing the math, Lampard makes Grella's annual salary in about 4 days, and when you throw in all of his sponsorship revenue, it's probably more like 2 days.
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Patrick and NYCFC fall 5-1 on the road to a thoroughly better LA Galaxy team. Patrick came in around the 70th minute and promptly earned a PK, which David Villa converted for NYCFC's consolation goal.
The Galaxy showed no mercy, constantly punishing defensive mistakes. They were just messing around by the end, and could easily have scored 10 goals today.
NYCFC just looked out of ideas. I don't see them making the playoffs this year.
Sebastian Lletget needs a national team call-up pronto. He's playing much better than any of our other wingers currently. He's filled Landon Donovan's role perfectly for the Galaxy since joining the team this summer. He already has 7 goals and several assists. I hope Klinsmann was watching.
Patrick gets a start for the first time in a while as NYCFC take on the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium. This is a must-win for City is they want to make the playoffs.
Jason Kreis seems to be tinkering with the formation quite a bit, as NYCFC are lining up in a very aggressive 4-3-3 formation today, with Pirlo and Lampard in the midfield, and Villa, Mullins and Mix Diskerud up top. Kreis is traditionally one of the most conservative mangers in MLS, preferring the same 4-2-3-1 system that the USMNT often uses.
Mullins with the start today! He's the center forward in a 4-3-3 with Villa and Diskerud flanking him. Game just kicked off and one minute in he slips a nice through ball to Villa, but the flag goes up (possibly wrongly) for offside.
Patrick played well (I would say he was the best NYC player today) and registered an assist, but NYCFC still fall 2-1 to Columbus, a devastating loss that makes the goal of making the playoffs nearly impossible at this point.
Patrick controlled a ball in the air, muscled off two challenges to his back, and laid the ball off to teammate Andrew Jacobson, who smashed it into the net from 25 yards out. Very fine play, and the announcers commended his effort. He was a pest all game, and could be rewarded his more starts in the coming games.
The first goal was 100% Pirlo's fault as during a Columbus corner kick, he let Federico Higuain coast right past him unchallenged and allowed him to convert a point-blank header. I'm sure Kreis was less than pleased with that lack of effort. Lampard did a solid job in his second MLS start.
NYCFC need a lot of help to make the playoffs, and they have to start winning. Draws don't really help at this point, and a few more losses will bury them for good. Luckily for them, there are four other teams in the East that are just as bad as them, if not worse, and they only have to finish sixth to make the playoffs.
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Post by warrior16 on Sept 12, 2015 23:14:22 GMT -6
Patrick comes off the bench and converts a penalty kick, but NYCFC still fall 2-1 to FC Dallas. I'm afraid that just about puts the nail in their postseason hopes coffin, especially with Montreal Impact earning a surprising point on the road at LA Galaxy tonight.
He's been one of the few bright spots this season for the team, and I'm sure Kreis is taking notice.
Post by warrior16 on Sept 16, 2015 15:37:28 GMT -6
Tune in to watch as Patrick and NYCFC take on Toronto FC tonight at Yankee Stadium. The game will be cast for a national TV audience on ESPN2 at 6:30 pm CT.
The last matchup between these two star-studded teams ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw, as you may remember. Patrick scored in that game, and will likely be rewarded with a start tonight after a great performance in the second half on Saturday.
This is a must-win for NYCFC if they want any prayer of clawing their way back into the playoff picture. They have no margin for error, and any more dropped points will almost certainly see them finish below the red line. This is also important for a slumping Toronto team trying to climb up the table. Giovinco is the best player in the league on his day, and should have another field day against NYCFC's not exactly Iron Curtain-like defense.
Post by warrior16 on Sept 16, 2015 19:47:49 GMT -6
Great day for Patrick and NYCFC, who win 2-0 over Toronto in a commanding performance. It was the best I've seen NYCFC play this year, even without David Villa in the game today. Lampard and Pirlo seem to finally be gelling with the team.
Patrick started and earned an assist on a goal by Frank Lampard and scored a goal off his own with a header from a Pirlo corner kick.
Patrick was mere inches away from stealing Lampard's goal as he slid hard towards the ball following the shot towards the far post. I have to think Patrick's presence made the save a lot harder than it otherwise would have been for the TFC goalkeeper. Patrick had to settle for a secondary assist on the play instead.
He scored in the 78th minute off a corner kick, losing his marker and thumping it past the oncoming keeper and into the goal. He was accidentally clocked in the side of the head by the keeper while going for the ball, but I'm sure he'll gladly take a bruise for a goal.
Very good performance overall by the home team tonight, who were in control the entire match. I think it'll be too late for them to make the cut, but there's always a chance if they can continue playing like this and hope another team slips up. I was very surprised by how poor Toronto's midfield was tonight. They didn't even give Giovinco any good chances. Not at all like the last matchup between these two teams.
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NYCFC are mathematically eliminated from 2015 MLS playoff contention with their 2-1 loss to DC United. Patrick made the bench, but did not play.
They've played much better recently than most of the year, but they dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of. Next year should be better. Fellow expansion team Orlando City is fighting to the end, but it's very unlikely they'll make the playoffs either. They would need either Toronto or Montreal to bomb at the end to have a chance.
Patrick's second season in the Bronx will under the direction of a new manager, as today, NYCFC management has incredibly fired coach Jason Kreis and several assistants after only the first MLS season.
Can't believe this move. Kreis is one of the best American coaches out there, and it was very unrealistic to expect success in the first year, as he basically had to build the team from scratch with players other MLS teams didn't want anymore.
I fear what this move might do to Patrick's career. The new manager, who possibly will be Fabio Capello, might decide to cut Patrick loose immediately.
NYCFC hired Patrick Viera today as head coach. While I do think it's a much better hire than Fabio Capello (who has absolutely bombed two World Cups in a row with England and Russia, respectively) would have been, he has no MLS experience, and he really needs to dedicate himself to learning all about the intricacies of the league during the offseason if he wants to be successful. It's not like any other league in the world, and if he tries to manage NYCFC like he would Man City, it's gonna be a disaster. Contracts, salaries, and transfers are handled differently here, as are playoffs. Many new foreign coaches also underestimate the impact of travel and climate here. It's not like England where every match is a short bus ride or flight away. Here, it might take 16 hours to fly from Vancouver to Orlando, play in 100-degree heat, then you might go play in Denver a few days later in snow and intense altitude.
When you look at managers across MLS, almost all of them are either Americans who have experience playing/coaching in MLS or foreigners with experience playing in MLS or another American league. I believe Viera is the only current MLS manager that does not fall into either group. Usually when such hires are made, it goes horribly wrong. (One notable exception would be ESPN's Steve Nicol, who was very successful at New England). Many of them don't understand that 2 or 3 great players don't matter as much as team depth in this league. Just look at the 4 teams left in MLS playoffs right now. There are no "stars" of any of those teams. I doubt even the most devoted European soccer fan could name even one player on any one those teams.
Ruud Gullit took an LA Galaxy team that had David Beckham an Landon Donovan, two of the best players ever to play in MLS, and led them to dead last place. I fear a similar thing could happen here if Viera doesn't see the need to fix some obvious problems with the teams.
We'll see how this affects Patrick Mullins. Viera has been the head of the Man City Development Academy for several years and was undoubtedly one of the world's best players back in the day. Hopefully he can adapt to the new league and help Patrick continue to be successful.
"It’s not unusual for Major League Soccer players to get training stints with Premier League and other European clubs in the offseason.
But with the close relationship between Manchester City and New York City FC, any young players getting a look at the Etihad Stadium asks a closer view.
Young, of course, is a relative term here, but an Asbury Park Press story on Monmouth University graduate and NYCFC defender R.J. Allen says that he’s one of three New York players head to Man City for 10 days of training with the big club."