New York City FC suffered their first defeat of preseason as they were beaten 2-0 by Danish club Brondby IF in Manchester earlier today.
The MLS expansion franchise had won both of their previous two games against Jacksonville Armada and St Mirren last Tuesday. The game against St Mirren was also played in Manchester but NYCFC now return to America to take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Goals from Martin Ornskov and Ferhan Hasani in either half were enough for Brondby to seal the win as New York City lacked that killer instinct in the final third.
Mistakes cost NYCFC as Mix Diskerud was at fault for the first goal and poor defensive play allowed Hasani to slot in the second goal unchallenged.
But head coach Jason Kreis remained positive after the game despite suffering his first loss in charge of NYCFC.
“We would have loved to have a better performance in our back pocket going home, but in some ways we needed some negativity as well.
“It was going to be a difficult opponent for us, as we said. The majority of our problems came from ourselves. In the second half we made a really bad mental error to let da Silva drift all the way across the field for that goal.
“We know there is a lot of work to be done.”
New York City’s next game will be against fellow expansion side Orlando City in the Carolina Challenge Cup and they open the 2015 season against the same opponent.
The full game can be watched below via NYCFC on YouTube: