After a squandered opportunity, New York City FC has a second chance at gaining on the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
The Blues, who gave up a 90th-minute goal in a 2-2 draw with first-place Toronto FC on Wednesday, host the second-place Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Fire (11-3-5) trail Toronto FC (11-3-6), which hosts Colorado on Saturday, by one point in the standings. NYCFC (10-6-4) is five points behind Toronto FC.
"I feel that sometimes you have to accept that the other team is playing better, and I think Toronto played better," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in his postgame press conference. "I think in the second half when they scored the goal, we were struggling. Physically, it was quite difficult for us."
New York City was facing a Toronto team playing without U.S. international stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore -- and coach Greg Vanney, who was booted early in the second half for arguing a call. Still, the team didn't play well enough to win in Vieira's view.
"Managing to win 2-1 with the way we were playing tonight, I was going to be satisfied," Vieira said. "Sometimes you need to accept that the other team is playing better.
"You have to give (Toronto) more credit. If I was in their shoes, I'd be really disappointed to go back to Toronto with only a point. >> Read more
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