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NYC FC plays disappointing scoreless draw with Chicago

New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita (22)

New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita (22) is pursued by Chicago Fire forward Arturo Alvarez (12) in an MLS game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

New York City FC’s four-game homestand turned into one giant lost opportunity after the team played the Chicago Fire to a scoreless draw at Yankee Stadium Sunday night.

Neither team could generate many dangerous scoring chances in what at times was an ugly contest played before a crowd of 22,930.

NYC FC (1-1-3, 3 points) accrued only three points out of a possible 12 in what is a four-game winless streak (0-1-3). NYC FC’s next two games are on the road — at Columbus Saturday and at Philadelphia April 23.

Still, coach Patrick Vieira wasn’t concerned about the lack of home production and was happy that the team recorded its first shutout of the season behind goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

“It’s always good not to concede a goal,” he said. “It showed we are getting and better. But it’s still frustrating because our goal was winning the game.

“It is only a question of time before we win the first home game. I am not concerned about it.”

The result was a marked contrast to the season opener between these two teams in which City prevailed in a 4-3 road win on March 6. Since then NYC FC has generated but three goals in four matches.

NYC FC dodged a bullet and a goal as the Fire’s Jonathan Campbell’s apparent goal was ruled to be offside in the 60th minute.

Chicago goalkeeper Mark Lampson was at the top of his game, denying David Villa, City’s lone scoring threat, in the waning minutes. He knocked away his free kick in the 83rd minute and came well out of the net to stop him a minute later.

“I think the keeper was fantastic tonight,” Vieira said. “We created so many chances. We created enough to score. We didn’t have luck tonight.”

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