New York City FC were beaten 2-0 by Danish side Brondby on Sunday in the second of two friendlies.
In only the second game in the club's history, New York City FC stepped up their pre-season campaign with a tough fixture against Danish side Brondby IF. It would prove too much for the American side as Thomas Frank’s men left Manchester with a 2-0 victory.
Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Scottish Premiership side St. Mirren was a positive start to the club's existence, they played two units over the 90 minutes and both sides picked up a clean sheet. This game followed the same pattern, with a goal in either half and the Major League Soccer side played two distinct XIs.
American international Mix Diskerud could only watch from the stands on Tuesday, but he was given his first start in Jason Kreis’s diamond midfield. Six of the side that started their first game kept their place, with Josh Williams, Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Adam Nemec joining Diskerud in the starting XI.
David Villa was the main attraction on Tuesday, but the World Cup winner couldn’t get into the game on Sunday. He was very quiet in the first 15 minutes, unable to create an understanding with Nemec; the game mostly passed him by.
Eager to get himself into the play, Diskerud was the stand-out player for New York in the early running. After the game, New York boss Jason Kreis was happy with the USMNT midfielder’s contribution, despite the mistake that helped Brondby open the scoring:
“It was really solid. He had the one mistake that led to the goal, but he wasn't the only one," he said.
I think he fits in well with all of the players, they all want the ball and are all active and make decisions. It will be interesting to see where we end up.”
Diskerud’s mistake gave Brondby possession on the left-flank, the ball was fed into former Bolton striker Johan Elmander, he found Martin Ornskov and the midfielder squeezed his shot past Josh Saunders.
The defence looked shaky throughout the first half and their sloppiness nearly led to a quick second. Teemu Pukki pounced on a poor pass, but Andres Mendoza and Waston-Siriboe recovered well to get enough bodies behind the ball and snuff out the danger.
With a different outfield for the second half, Kreis would have been disappointed to see his side go 2-0 down after 49 minutes. A powerful run from Patrick da Silva evaded the New York midfield and the defender slipped the ball to Ferhan Hasani and he finished low under Saunders.
After the game, Kreis spoke to Here Is The City, and explained what he had learnt from both Manchester based pre-season friendlies:
“It's interesting, because you come out of the first game winning 2-0, you come out of the second game losing 2-0 and I think I thought basically the same thing. That neither one was anywhere near perfect," he said.
"That's what pre-season is all about. It's important that we spend some time analysing that. Spend time talking about the players and what can be better, and then we move on."
New York City FC starts their MLS campaign with an away trip against fellow new franchise Orlando City on March 8th.