It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun, and New York City FC is 1-0 to start the Patrick Vieira era.
The longtime Arsenal star took the reigns at NYCFC after Jason Kreis was let go after just one year of on-field play, and his attack was potent in a 4-3 road win over Chicago Fire.
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Granted NYC was taking on a close to brand new Fire squad with a rookie fullback and debutant head coach, but 1-0 is 1-0.
One of the concerns will be, as a fan rightly asked after the game, is how open NYC’s style is to counter attacks. Vieira sounds a bit like old boss Arsene Wenger here as he describes the expected evolution of their style.
“When you play the way we want to play, you’re always getting exposed. And we have to improve that way. We have to be better in our organization, but in the way we want to play I have to accept that we will concede some counterattacks. The other side and way of looking at it is the number of chances we create, and that is positive for us.”
New York starts a four-game home stand next week, and will face Toronto, Orlando City, New England and Chicago on the small field at Yankee Stadium. Will less room to roam make countering more or less dangerous against City?