BRONX, N.Y. – New York City FC are 1 of 3 teams that have currently clinched a spot in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, but they’re not happy with that.
At least that was the message from midfielder Keaton Parks following his team’s two-1 come-from-behind win more than the New England Revolution Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
“Going into the final stretch, just like the rest of the season, we’re right here to win,” Parks mentioned. “I know we currently clinched playoffs, but we’re not settling for that. We want to finish in very first spot and then get rewarded with a bye.”
Parks reiterated that ambition following a adhere to-up query, and NYCFC are on firm ground there, with their 15th win of the frequent season vaulting Dome Torrent’s group into very first spot in the Eastern Conference. They’re ahead of the Philadelphia Union with a game in hand and carry a 5-game winning streak into Wednesday’s house match (7 pm ET | TSN four/five, MLS Reside on ESPN+) against Toronto FC.
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At this stage of the year, they’re hyper-conscious of what very first spot produces: a very first-round bye and house-field benefit in the playoffs. At least that is what Jesus Medina banged house, with his brace powering the Cityzens more than New England.
“We’re conscious of exactly where we are in the table and that we have the chance to go up to very first, in particular that we have all these games in hand,” Medina mentioned by means of a translator. “But we’re also taking it day by day and have Toronto coming up. We’ll take it from there.”
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A very first-spot finish would be uncharted territory for the fifth-year club. Beneath the guidance of due to the fact-departed manager Patrick Vieira, NYCFC completed in second spot in 2016 and ‘17, then slipped to third in ‘18 when the Frenchman departed for Ligue 1 side Good and Torrent took more than. They’ve under no circumstances sophisticated previous the Eastern Conference semifinals, the stage exactly where eventual MLS Cup champions Atlanta United bounced them final fall.
Substantially remains just before this season’s path crystallizes, which captain Alex Ring emphasized following the New England match.
“It’s not simple getting games in hand, understanding you have to win to go on leading,” Ring mentioned. “I consider it is a lot easier to set the pace and let other individuals attempt to keep behind you. We’re just going game-by-game and now we play on Wednesday once again. That is all we concentrate on. It is good to be leading of the table, but if we’re not there at the finish of the frequent season, it does not imply something now.”
Similarly, Torrent knows it is as well early to take into consideration the job carried out. NYCFC nevertheless have to face Atlanta once again, and then it is a potentially should-watch game at Philadelphia on Oct. six for Selection Day presented by AT&T.
“Maybe we are in the very first position, but it is not significant at the moment,” Torrent mentioned. “It’s significant against Philadelphia if we are capable to finish in the very first position, but I am delighted mainly because we have six games to finish the frequent season and we will attempt to finish in the very first position.”