‘Don’t say we don’t care, it’s fucking disrespect’: NYCFC captain James Sands in heated argument with fans after SEVEN game without a win
- New York City FC lost 3-1 to FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night at home
- And captain James Sands heard it from the fans after the Bronx loss
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NYCFC captain James Sands had a passionate moment with the fans after the club’s 3-1 loss at home to Cincinnati on Wednesday – which marked the team’s seventh straight game in all competitions without a win.
The result dropped New York City – which won the league in 2021 and was a conference runner-up last year – to 14th place in the Eastern Conference. And fans let Sands hear it after the game.
“That’s not good enough, James!” one called in a clip capturing the moment.
“We are here through thick and thin bro,” said another. “We’re never leaving, mate. But that, what you are doing, is not enough. If it’s the coach, talk about it. Do something, brother. We are sick and tired of it.
The 22-year-old, who returned from a loan spell with Rangers earlier this year, listened to fans before responding.
James Sands captained NYCFC on Wednesday as his team lost 3-1 to FC Cincinnati at home
Last night things got tense. Here is an early account of what happened when Sands arrived. Conversations were needed. tell us in the comments what you thought of it. As the friend said: nothing against you my brother, you just need to show it more! #nycfc #mls
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“Don’t you think we come here every day and work? “, he said.
“We don’t feel it, brother. We don’t see that effort James,” a fan shot back.
“I’ll tell you something right now, everyone on this pitch is hurting more than you are,” Sands replied then. “It’s a fact, okay. Do you think anyone is happy about that?
One of the fans then reiterated the extent of NYCFC’s winless streak – seven games – with the midfielder reminding him that last and previous seasons also had tough spells.
James Sands returned to NYCFC earlier this year after spending 13 months with Rangers
NYCFC went on a five-game winless streak last year in the league and went six games without a win in 2021 before winning the MLS Cup this post-season.
Sands and the fan eventually came to some kind of truce as he told the fan he appreciated him coming to the game and the fan said, “I have nothing against you bro.” But I want you to understand that we are not here just for fun.
However, the conversation ended on a tense note.
‘Don’t say we don’t care, okay? Because it’s fucking disrespect,’ Sands said before walking away.
NYCFC’s next match will be against the New England Revolution on Saturday.