9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8

This is for sure – the Union isn’t overachieving. They aren’t covering themselves in glory in what is a difficult situation in which the entire fan-base is irked at management, not the players.

9. NYCFC struggles 

That said, Philadelphia took four points out of six against New York City FC two weeks ago, and since then, NYCFC have lost two more games in which they’ve also been shut out.

Needless to say, progress has been slower than expected for Jason Kreis’ team. NYCFC needed production from their starts – namely Mix Diskerud and David Villa, and in the summer Frank Lampard – because they surrounded their stars with far less talent than Orlando did.

But Villa has been hurt. Diskerud has been banged up and on international duty, and Lampard obviously isn’t around. What’s left is a team very long on ideas – and NYCFC do play some nice football at times – but short on talent and game-management skill.

Kreis must be frustrated. He hasn’t missed the playoffs in almost a decade, and in this year’s Eastern Conference, the playoffs are achievable. But right now, he’s coaching a last-place team.

 

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