Sean Johnson watches another shot enter the net. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Three games, three losses, nine goals.
In only six words, that explains New York City FC’s recent form.
It certainly hasn’t been pretty.
“It’s honestly not a good moment for us as a group,” captain and goalkeeper Sean Johnson said after the team’s latest defeat, a 3-1 result with Charlotte FC at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night. “Losing three in a row is unacceptable. We understand we have to put in performances since there are nine games left in the season.
“We can only look forward, but we have to figure out how to get things right. It’s not for a lack of effort, but we keep getting the same results. Ultimately we just have to figure out how to get over this hump once we figure out what it is.”
His team had varying opinions about the team’s recent defensive woes.
“I just think we need a bit more togetherness,” defender Chris Gloster said. “We’ll stick together as a team and all will work itself out obviously in the defensive flow. We’ve just been unlucky. I just think we’ve been unlucky and I just think we need to stay together, fight together, be as a team, and it will all work itself out.”
That’s right – unlucky. Nine goals in three games and NYCFC has been unlucky.
Gloster wasn’t the only player who believed that, believe it or not.
“I think it’s just about our luck not going for us now,” midfielder Justin Haak said. “I think there’s a few goals that were given away too easily and that’s kind of maybe changing the mindset there. So I think it’s just being locked up every play and really focusing on our chemistry and clean sheets.”
Added defender Anton Tinnerholm: “It is a tough one. I think the first half was maybe the best first half we performed this season. It was an unfortunate start when they scored the goal early, but I think we played exactly the way we wanted. Then we started the second half in a poor way. We lost the ball twice and then we stopped playing.”