THIS was a Halloween horror present for David Beckham.
Sat within the stands right here at Drv Pnk Stadium, the previous England skipper should have been squirming as a wonderful New York Metropolis FC aspect handed Phil Neville’s males their seventeenth defeat of a disappointing season, successful 3-1.
It lastly hammered a nail into the coffin of their play-off hopes – they wanted a miracle and different groups to do them a favour even earlier than this ultimate residence sport of the marketing campaign – however now the laborious work begins as soon as once more.
Beckham has been frustrated at seeing his wildly inconsistent franchise wrestle – two lengthy winless streaks this time period have been very expensive – however is backing former Manchester United team-mate Nev to show issues round subsequent season.
It gained’t be simple with MLS bosses stripping Inter Miami of switch cash following a sequence of monetary irregularities following the signing of French World Cup Blaise Matuidi final August.
However Neville can’t wait to get cracking.
He stated: “I would be mendacity if I stated that I did not anticipate this to complete increased. So I am upset at that and take accountability for that. However I truthfully cannot wait to assault subsequent season as rapidly as doable.
“We have nice plans and this soccer membership will proceed to develop.
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“I spoke with the homeowners this week by way of their expectations and their ambitions, and it hasn’t modified from day one. They need to win. They need us to achieve success. They need to compete, and that is the place we’re actually aligned.”
NYCFC, bossed by former Celtic chief Ronny Deila, have been forward on 33 minutes due to a magnificence from Valentin Castellanos who capitalized on defensive sloppiness earlier than curling residence from 18 yards.
Ex-Chelsea hitman Gonzalo Higuain, whose elder brother Federico was enjoying in his final sport earlier than retiring, got here closest for Neville’s staff within the first half earlier than Nicolas Figal levelled on 56 minutes.
However Matuidi was woefully by-passed in midfield quickly after permitting Castellanos to bag his second on the finish of a free-flowing transfer from Deila’s males earlier than Talles Magno struck with seven minutes remaining.
Neville will look to ship out excessive earners Gonzalo Higuain, Rodolfo Pizarro and Matuidi however is aware of it gained’t be simple.
Higuain is considering following his brother into retirement whereas Matuidi’s performances over the course of the season might power him to hold up his boots too.
Pizarro has attracted curiosity from again residence in Mexico and can want a transfer to spice up his World Cup hopes however his resale worth shall be low after a tough two seasons in MLS.
Neville added:” We now have the very best followers and we didn’t deserve their applause on the finish.
“We needed to assist create a reminiscence for Federico and set the tone for our expectations going ahead.
“Nothing I noticed stunned me or proved to me something totally different to what I already find out about this staff.
“There’s a giant process forward of us. We owed our supporters to offer them a superb send-off however we misplaced focus and self-discipline.
“Different golf equipment’ followers wouldn’t have hung round on the finish to help us after what occurred on the market however their help has been unwavering.
“On this league you get punished for the slightest lapse of focus and also you want all of the gamers getting in the best route. You want a collective spirit nevertheless it’s going to take time.
“We now have to create a roster with gamers who’re extra within the staff than themselves.”
Their final sport of the season sees Miami journey to Japanese Convention leaders New England subsequent Sunday.
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