Nick Cushing | “We Must Continue To Work Hard.” 


Nick Cushing believes his side must work hard to maintain the standards they have set recently.

New York City FC have won six of their last seven games in MLS, including a Hudson River Derby victory over the Red Bulls in their last outing.

That form has seen City climb to third in the Eastern Conference, and while Cushing is pleased with his side’s current form, he is eager to use that platform to achieve something bigger this season.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, he said, “I've been really clear with the team that where we are currently is exactly what my mindset is and always has been.

“I want to say to the team, well done and we performed well and it was a great week, but that doesn't feel natural to me.

“I think the standard has always been to be a team that can consistently win.

He went on to add: “We've just put ourselves in a position where potentially we can achieve something.

“So we have got to continue to work, we've got to continue to find the areas where we need to be better.

“We've got to embrace what's been good and continue to do that, but it's normal work for us.

“It's on the road. It's a difficult game and we've got to take New England seriously and respect that they're a good team.”

Cushing also revealed the selection headaches the team’s current form is presenting him.

City travel to Gillette Stadium this weekend to take on the New England Revolution, and with a deep squad at his disposal, City’s head coach confirmed that the hardest part of his job is picking a team with every player making a stong case to start on Saturday.

“It is incredibly difficult because the team is playing well,” he said.

“Everybody is trading incredibly well the hardest part of my job is picking a team right because everyone deserves to play.

“Julián Fernández is training incredibly well. Andres Jasson is pushing really hard. Justin Haak is not in the squad but is training like a player who should be playing every game in MLS.

“Hopefully we can do our job as a support staff to put the right team out there, but I’ve said before our bench should be improving us and it has done.

“Players have come off the bench and made us better. So you know it’s incredibly difficult [to pick the team] but it’s a great problem to have.”

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