IMG_2096

New York City Football Club Interim Head Coach Nick Cushing has praised his players’ application following their 1-1 tie with Colorado Rapids.

The Boys in Blue controlled large portions of the game, but fell a goal down to a second-half strike from Michael Barrios. Behind only four minutes, their equalizer came via an acrobatic volley from Talles Magno in the 71st minute. That would round out the scoring on Sunday, and while Cushing admitted he would have preferred three points, he praised his players for their approach to proceedings.

“I think they looked like two teams that haven’t played in two weeks in the first half,” he said. “Although we controlled the game it was a bit slow and it looked like both teams were trying to figure each other out. We lacked our rhythm that we play with and we asked at half time for more rhythm and we asked for more aggression in our attacking play, and I think we got that. So overall, disappointed we didn't get three points but we're happy with the application and the performance.”

Elsewhere, Cushing also took a moment to commend his players for their diligence and application in the build-up to the game. The 37-year-old took official control of the team on Monday, and was left pleased with his first week on the training field.

“I said to the guys after the game, to a man, every one of them has been exceptional this week,” he said. “The way they’ve applied themselves in a difficult moment and also toward myself and the support and the work ethic that they’ve shown this week to prepare for this game has been exceptional.”