Points are nice, but NYCFC want win vs. Cincinnati FC
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New York City FC have the longest active unbeaten streak in the MLS, while not winning half their matches during the span.
Still, NYCFC will aim to earn points for the 10th consecutive game Thursday when they host FC Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC (4-1-8, 20 points) have played to draws in their past two matches and are 4-0-5 during the stretch. They rallied to earn a 2-2 tie with the host Columbus Crew on Saturday in their most recent outing.
"Our intentions are to win the game, but you know, it was a tough game against Columbus," NYCFC coach Domenec Torrent told reporters. "It's not easy to get points here and OK, we are not very, very happy, but it's not bad."
The failure to notch victories has been catching up as New York resides in sixth place in the Eastern Conference despite being tied with Los Angeles FC for fewest losses.
FC Cincinnati (3-10-2, 11 points) have just one fewer victory than NYCFC despite having the fewest points in the 24-team league.
FC Cincinnati have scored the fewest goals (12) in the MLS and are in the midst of adjusting to interim coach Yoann Damet, who replaced Alan Koch.
The 29-year-old Damet is the youngest coach in league history. He guided FC Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in his debut on May 11 but the club has been outscored 10-2 while losing its past three games, including a 3-1 loss to the Western Conference-worst Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
"It's all about confidence," Damet told reporters. "I want to give them that confidence. I believe in the group. I know what they are capable of and that's the message I try to deliver every single day."
The trio of forwards Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks and midfielder Allan Cruz have scored two goals apiece to combine for half the team total.
Heber leads NYCFC with four goals while fellow forwards Valentin Castellanos, Alexandru Mitrita and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi have three apiece.
NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson has a 1.15 goals-against average and is tied for third in the league with six shutouts.