Vieira: No Doubts Despite Troubling Trends

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira is frustrated but has no doubts about his team’s quality after missed chances left his team with a 1-1 draw against Montreal. Last season Vieira’s side dropped an unsettling amount of points at home early in the campaign that cost them a chance at the top of the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t have any doubts about the talent and quality of the players we have up front,” said Vieira after the game. “But it will be important for us to take our chances because we are not going to create a lot of chances like that in a lot of games. Those chances we create we need to score a few of those.”

Vieira was speaking specifically of Jack Harrison, Alexander Ring and Maxi Moralez missing chances right in front of goal. Rodney Wallace’s first half goal did give NYCFC a false sense of security heading into the second half but the Montreal was allowed breathing room for a comeback. Missing those kinds of opportunities can bring undue pressure on the defense. NYCFC has been criticized in the past but only allowed two goals in their first three games.

“Always when we talk about the way we are defending I always talk about the team, it’s not just about the back four,” said Vieira. “We are conceding less chances because David, Rodney and Jack have been working really hard. When we work hard up front we make it a bit easier for our back four.”

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