New York City FC

Ronny Deila hails NYCFC despite goalless start to the 2022 MLS season

Lizzy Becherano
New York City FC's Ronny Deila addresses the team's disappointing start to the season
New York City FC's Ronny Deila addresses the team's disappointing start to the season / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

The reigning Major League Soccer champions have endured a difficult start to their 2022 campaign. 

NYCFC concluded week 2 with another disappointing result, drawing 0-0 against the Vancouver Whitecaps after falling 1-0 to the LA Galaxy in their season opener. 

Despite another scoreless match, however, head coach Ronny Deila walked away from Saturday’s game in high spirits and strong belief that the foundation for success exists. 

“I think we were much better than them,” Deila said. “We had, I don’t know, six, seven, eight chances. We didn’t take our chances and we gave them maybe one, two.

“It was really good energy. It was a lot of good energy and fight into the team, and also we created enough to win. We know we have players that will start scoring. We knew exactly how they were gonna play. It was a lot about balance in the counterattacks. It was about moving the ball well so we get them into the last third as much as possible.”

Though the team has yet to find success in the American league, NYCFC is thriving in the Concacaf Champions League. The Eastern Conference side defeated Santos de Guapiles twice, with a cumulative record of 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals. 

Team captain Maxi Moralez echoed Deila’s sentiment, and added that the team has seen quality on the pitch despite the overall results. 

“We’ve played very well for the last three games, dating back to the Champions League match,” Moralez said, through an interpreter. “We’ve put in some good performances, and now it’s time to go home.

“I think right now it’s important for us to go home and mentally recharge and spend some time with our families. We’ve been away from home for a really long time. Different travel, time difference. So kudos to the team and everyone else for staying mentally strong.”

NYCFC plays again on Tuesday, hosting Comunicaciones at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The team is unable to host in at Yankee Stadium as it fails to reach Concacaf’s stadium standards.