With NYRB II in control of their own destiny, thanks to a 2-1 road win, their first of the season, over North Carolina FC on Saturday, John Wolyniec feels a new sense of belief around the squad as his side looks to lock up their fourth consecutive trip to the USL Playoffs.
“I thought it was a huge win,” Wolyniec said. “Huge performance for us, really gutsy. I feel like those are the kind of games you grow in as a group but also as individuals and grow in confidence, in togetherness, in faith, in belief, and all that stuff.
Heading into a match against an already eliminated Penn FC side, Wolyniec will look to continue to motivate his players as the playoffs are near, but not assured at this juncture.
“First message was that there’s always something to play for,” Wolyniec said. “So, whether the team’s out or not, or we’re out, doesn’t matter. Every time you step on the field, there’s something to play for, so whether it’s improving yourself or commitment to the team and your teammates, or you’re thinking about your next step, there’s always something to play for.”
Secondly, Wolyniec and company know making it into the playoffs is the first goal, followed by positioning in the table.
“The more points we can gather right now the better we can sit in the standings, Wolyniec said. “Whether it’s helping us make sure that we get into the playoffs, which obviously is the first goal, also thinking about positioning as well. But right now, it’s just about getting the points, getting as many as we can so that our spot in the playoffs is safe.”