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Nick Cushing hails ’10 out of 10′ Matt Freese in 1-1 draw with Inter Miami


New York Metropolis FC boss Nick Cushing was stuffed with reward for goalkeeper Matt Freese after his “10 out of 10” efficiency within the crew’s 1-1 draw with Inter Miami.

Many might not have recognized about Freese earlier than the Saturday night time conflict, however they will now know his title after he denied the legendary Luis Suarez on a number of events late on within the match. Freese, a former Philadelphia Union shot-stopper, has suited up for the Boys in Blue 19 instances since becoming a member of in January of final 12 months and continues to impress in his first full season because the beginning goalkeeper.

The 25-year-old greater than performed his half within the intense draw at Chase Stadium, making 5 essential saves whereas dealing with an xGOT (anticipated objectives on course) of two.33. Whereas Freese conceded an early purpose to Suarez when the veteran striker was left on their own within the field, he rebounded and put in a shift in between the sticks regardless of the quantity of stress he was below for the rest of the match.

“I feel he is a prime goalkeeper, so I feel he makes the save as a result of that is his recreation,” Cushing mentioned of Freese after the match. “I assumed the identical final week as effectively, he is come up within the large moments. After I discuss executing a end result, it is about doing all your job and it is about being on the prime of your recreation, and while you get the second, you need to take the second.”

Cushing acknowledged {that a} participant of Suarez’s caliber goes to get probabilities in entrance of purpose and there is not a lot you are able to do in that regard. Nonetheless, he did clarify that in these moments the place a prime striker is thru on purpose, his gamers should step up and “do their job” to extend their probabilities of leaving the match with with at the very least a degree.

“Whether or not you are a ahead, goalkeeper or a defender…In these moments the place you recognize you are going to give probabilities away in opposition to Luis Suarez, he is among the greatest to ever play the sport in that place, you want your gamers to do their job. I assumed Matt [Freese] tonight was a ten out of 10 in his efficiency.”

It has been a tough 12 months for NYCFC, however Cushing will hope that the spectacular draw at Miami would be the begin of an unbeaten run for his aspect within the weeks to come back. The Jap Convention membership sit in 14th place within the division — only one place above last-placed New England Revolution — and return to motion this Saturday to tackle Atlanta United at Citi Subject.