NYCFC took on the second most successful Danish team in FC Copenhagen this morning in a friendly. It was the first look at the team in the "Post Villa Era", and given it's only preseason, it wasn't the best performance, but there are some takeaways.
FC Copenhagen played very well in the first half, forcing NYCFC, and mainly Alex Callens into many mistakes. Senegalese striker Dame N'Doye had a few really good chances, but couldn't convert them. A more eventful second half saw a few tense moments, including Ismael Tajouri-Shradi getting wacked in the face by a Copenhagen midfielder, Tinnerholm getting shoved by the Copenhagen left back, and Jesus Medina having an exchange of words with one of Copenhagen's center backs. Copenhagen finished NYCFC within two minutes. Ben Sweat gave away a free kick in the 76th minute, and a minute later when Robert Skov cannons the ball into the near post. Only two minutes later, Andreas Bjelland scored a banging volley from a corner kick. Overall, Copenhagen got NYCFC uncomfortable in the first half and finished their chances in the second.
I've mentioned this a few times, but because it's the first game of preseason and a lot of these guys haven't played since early November, I'm not surprised by the performance. When the season hits, I think the team will probably have a better defensive record, especially if Chanot gets more playtime. The team was organized as a defensive unit and utilized the offside trap really well. I think as a defensive unit, they could do better putting pressure on the opponent. There is great depth in almost every position, but the big issue is the team doesn't have a striker/goal scorer. Maxi, Tajouri-Shradi, and Lewis can get in on the act, but two more signings who can get goals wouldn't hurt. Overall, I'm not too concerned after watching that.