Nick Cushing stays on the ground after NYC beat the Red Bulls


New York City interim head coach Nick Cushing doesn’t beat himself, even though his team racked up two important wins in the space of a week.

After a miserable streak of only one win and five points from the last 10 MLS In matches, the pigeons returned with a 2-0 victory over Atlas in the Campeones Cup on Wednesday. New York City This was followed by a dominant performance against the Hudson River Derby rival New York Red Bulls on Saturday, winning by the same score.

Just like last year, when they came so far and won the MLS Cup, it looks like NYCFC beat a bad streak in the perfect time. However, Cushing doesn’t take anything for granted and will work hard to keep standards high.

“I think we have to be careful not to rely on the fact that it’s only going to happen because it happened last year. It’s a dangerous way to look at things,” Cushing said after Saturday’s win.

“One thing the team is really aware of is that the last ten games have shown that nothing is given for free. … We know very well that we have to understand the results, grind them, play well in the moments we can and fight in the moments we cannot.”

For the second time in a week, Alexander Callins opened the scoring early for New York City, but only this time, he found the net in the first 60 seconds instead of taking four minutes.

The Peruvian centre-back remains New York City’s man of choice on the big occasion and Cushing couldn’t speak better about the 30-year-old.

“I can’t say enough about Alexander Callins, if you look at the extent we’ve had and we’ve had a string of disappointing games, we weren’t in a losing moment until he came out with a 2-2 draw at Columbus,” Cushing said. “We go on the road doing shows where we don’t have wins and then come back and we get a draw and of course the Charlotte game is a loss. He is an incredible guy, first of all, he is the guy who did and did everything to get the offers he got.”

Cushing didn’t stop there with his praise, putting Callins above every other MFL defender at the moment.

“In my opinion, he’s the best central defender in MLS, by far,” Cushing continued. “We have found a system where you can naturally be a striker, a midfielder and a defender in 90 minutes.

“The team has given a lot at the moment. I don’t think you come across these guys often, I’ve worked in the men’s and women’s match and there are a few really special players. I’ve worked on the Manchester City women’s team. With Carli Lloyd and she’s been a great player as a coach. I’ve coached three Or four in my time and there’s Alexander Kalins in there. He’s fun for the coach, he inspires me, he’s giving a level to the team and he’s the next level. I can’t say enough about him.”

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