New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – New York City FC will welcome the New England Revolution to Yankee Stadium on Sunday for the expansion side’s first home match in MLS.
NYCFC marked its MLS debut with a point as the club played to a 1-1 draw with fellow newcomers Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl last Sunday.
Mix Diskerud etched his name into NYCFC lore by netting the club’s first-ever goal, curling a splendid right-footed effort just inside the post in the 76th minute to open the scoring.
“It was a surreal experience when you see the ball get in the back of the net,” Diskerud said. “It’s been a long preseason so it feels good to get things started. It was fun for me and this experience is something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. Overall, it’s the first game and a solid performance. We almost won, but I think 1-1 is a fair result.”
New York conceded a late goal off of Kaka’s deflected free kick in stoppage time, but head coach Jason Kreis revealed his delight regarding the team’s commitment.
“I was really proud of the work rate and the commitment level the guys showed to defend and stay together,” Kreis said. “We’re looking to improve day by day and week by week with what we’re doing with the ball. We have to stay consistent – the guys have to work that hard defensively if we want positive results.”
New England, meanwhile, will be out to produce a better outing than its first contest of the season, which saw the Revs get played off the park at CenturyLink Field in a 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.
“We’ve got to be better in all facets of the game,” said Revs coach Jay Heaps. “I thought we started the game well and I thought we did a good job at components of the game, but I don’t think we were dangerous enough.”
A silver lining for the Revs is that they dropped their opening match last season by a score of 4-0 and still managed to reach MLS Cup, and the club will be putting in the work to seek a similar goal this term.
“I think we can all be better,” said Andy Dorman. “Obviously it was the first game of the season. The passing wasn’t as sharp as it could’ve been and we gave up soft goals.
“At the other end of the field, we probably weren’t as sharp as we could be when we’re into the season and settled. That was the only disappointing side of it. We’re looking forward to the game this weekend. It’s a chance to put it right.”