Practically three months have handed since New York City FC exited the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs against Orlando City SC in a dramatic penalty-kick shootout, but their offseason has been comparatively quiet thus far – no less than by way of incoming strikes.
Most notably, they’ve traded away midfielder Alex Ring to Austin FC and sent left back Ronald Matarrita to FC Cincinnati, whereas proper back Joe Scally formally moved to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
There have not been crickets by way of additions, as they’ve signed Danish left back Malte Amundsen and Homegrown winger Andres Jasson, nevertheless it all leaves MLSsoccer.com’s Matt Doyle craving for extra.
“The reinforcements haven’t arrived, and we’re all form of ready for that to occur as a result of it’s City Football Group,” Doyle said on Extratime. “It’s one of many greatest soccer entities in the complete world, and it just hasn’t occurred but.”
NYCFC are approaching their second year under head coach Ronny Deila, and they’ve largely been one of many Jap Conference’s best teams since coming into MLS as an growth membership in 2015.
But there are query marks, Doyle said, and he hopes solutions arrive soon as sporting director David Lee and his colleagues dip into CFG’s international scouting community. One main concern, Doyle highlighted, is securing a backup for attacking midfielder Maxi Moralez, who soon turns 34 and spent almost half of the 2020 season injured.
“This isn’t sufficient for NYCFC,” Doyle said. “This was a team inside touching distance of the very best within the league for some time, and in the event that they don’t do actual work this offseason, truthfully it looks like that’s gone in 2021. Now it’s not going to be like Wood Spoon level, it’s not the identical kind of work that Cincinnati have to do. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless plenty of work and judging by what I see on Twitter and fan blogs, NYCFC followers aren’t happy proper now. They’re ready for one thing to occur and it’s been a protracted, lengthy wait.”
For extra on NYCFC’s roster standing, test out the clip above and the complete Extratime episode right here.