Vieira: “Big Team Performance” by NYCFC

USA Today

by Anthony J. Merced

Patrick Vieira was gushing with praise for his team following their complete performance against Atlanta United FC on Sunday afternoon. Goals by David Villa, Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez sparked a team that many doubted on the offensive side of the ball after letting key opportunities slip in previous fixtures. All of that was gone and Vieira wanted to make sure that his team recieved the credit they deserved.

“I’m really happy,” said Vieira during the post game conference. “I think today’s performance, when you look at the team we played against today, the quality they have up front, you look at the number of chances we concede, you can say this was a big, big team performance.”

Atlanta was able to keep the possession numbers somewhat even but aside from an impressive Carlos Carmona goal from the top of the box, the team was limited in their chances against NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson. The midfield was able to provide the proper defensive support for the back line while also quickly distributing the ball forward to Villa and Harrison. At no point in the game was there clear miscommunication with the defense as we’ve seen in weeks prior. Overall it was one of the best performances the team has had under Patrick Vieira and was important to gain momentum heading into a tough four game road trip.

“I think that you look at the way we played, the way we worked out of possession and that will tell you how well those two (Herrera and Moralez) played because Atlanta didn’t create so many chances today,” said Vieira. “I think because Ring, Yangel and even Maxi worked really well in the midfield. The way we protected our back four was really good.”

Next up is NYCFC’s toughest challenge in 2017, a game on the road against FC Dallas, one of the league’s most formidable home teams. New York City has managed two wins out of four games away from Yankee Stadium and will need the good vibes generated from their last two wins to help them against stiff competition.