Armas tenure starts with a 1:0 loss
July 8, 2018
You will not notice the change, the powers that be kept drilling during this transition. Chris Armas has learned for three and a half years under Jesse Marsch. The team has perfected its style of play, so it doesn't matter who the head coach is, as long as he keeps it up. Sounds good, right?
We're obviously not going to panic after one game, especially one played in a baseball stadium, especially one decided on one bad mistake. And when you consider that Metro played much better in the second half than the first, it looks like Armas' halftime adjustments worked... to a point, as Metro just couldn't get the ball across the line, succumbing to the blue poseurs, 1:0.
Metro's offense was disjointed throughout the match, failing to create at the cramped confines of Yankee Stadium. In the second half, a shot by Kemar Lawrence almost sneaked in by the short side on what was probably the best chance of the game.
The lone goal came in the 85th minute, with the game looking destined to be a scoreless draw. A bad back pass from Tyler Adams led to Aaron Long losing the ball at the top of the box. The ball was centered, and Maxi Moralez easily converted.
What is concerning was Armas' disregard of the bench; he waited until Metro was down to introduce his first (and only) sub. Of course, this is only game 1, so the only place to go is up...
Still, isn't it sad that this team, a team that has been chugging along so nicely, now needs to go through a first-time coach's growing pains in midseason?
As much as we try not to panic, we've noticed the change.
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Parker, Lade, Adams, Davis, Muyl, Royer, Romero Gamarra, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Etienne.