NYCFC Disappoint in DC - Lineup changes needed?

Andrea Pirlo Jack Harrison Patrick Vieira Tommy McNamara

Quite a disappointing showing by our beloved blues today against a resurgent D.C. United squad losing 2-1 on a sunny afternoon.

Patrick Viera marched out a formidable 11 in a crumbling RFK stadium, the first 30 minutes were absolutely flat with the Eagles controlling most of the momentum and possession. NYC picked up a bit in the final 15, but failed to capitalize. 

The second frame opened to some strong pressure from Wallace & Morales, but Hamid was unbeatable. A defensive blunder was then picked off by Sam Lloyd putting D.C. up 1-0. In the 73', Johnson made a big stop and Acosta was there to bury home the rebound adding to the tally of 2-0. NYC picked up the pressure and got one back with a low cross from the Pride of West Nyack to David Villa.

Despite the late efforts from high energy subs Camargo and Shelton, the final whistle blew 2-1. Today's game raised a a big question about the efficacy of Andrea Pirlo that need to be answered sooner than later if this team hopes to fufill this season's expectations.

While we here at the Bucket think highly of Andrea Pirlo's illustrious career, it's becoming more evident that the pace of MLS may be too much for his style of play. From the suboptimal free kicks to the blown defensive coverage the evidence is mounting and that valuable DP slot could be used to shore up the defense or add depth to the midfield.

If Pirlo were to take a back seat in the interim, Jack Harrison would be primed to move back to his home natural role opening up for Tommy MacNamara to move back to the wing and Shelton to continue his duties as an impact sub.

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