New York City FC gets a much needed win at home and took all three points against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes. NYCFC improves to 2-1-1 on the season and San Jose falls to 2-0-2 after a competitive, back-and-forth game at Yankee Stadium.
July 6, 2016 is the last time NYCFC won a game that David Villa played in, but didn’t score a goal (1-0 win against the New England).
67’ New York City – An impressive passing sequence and buildup from New York City ended up at the feet of Villa, who played another perfect flick into the run of Ronald Mataritta who played it across goal to set up Thomas McNamara for the finish.
Player Of The Match
A few deserving candidates here but the award ultimately goes to David Villa who recorded his first multi-assist game in Major League Soccer. His sublime flicks to set-up both goals for Harrison & McNamara were simply world class, and that extra bit of individual skill was ultimately the difference maker in this game.
We’ve seen this story before. NYCFC dominated the first-half but found themselves tied 1-1 at the break. In the 6’, Marco Ureña found the back of the net for San Jose after a sloppy backpass to Johnson from Pirlo ended up at the feet of Ureña, who put it away. NYCFC had a great opportunity just 4’ into the game through good interplay between Rodney Wallace and Alexander Ring. Jack Harrison leveled the game after a sublime flick from Villa found Harrison whose volley was deflected off of Bingham’s hands and into the net. The stats after the first half were all in favor of NYCFC, with 70.5% possession, 2 more shots, 202 more passes completed and 26% better pass accuracy than the visitors.
In the 55’, NYCFC was very fortunate as Pirlo clipped Ureña in the box but the penalty was not given. McNamara came on for Pirlo in the 63’ and made an instant impact. The goal came just 4’ later after a great passing sequence from NYCFC found Villa, who played another perfect flick to Mataritta who then set up the substitute, McNamara, for the goal. San Jose almost leveled the game in the 74’ but Johnson was able to make a great save on a powerful volley from Nick Lima. San Jose’s Victor Bernardez was given a straight red in the 80’ for a challenge on McNamara.
Next Up: D.C. United
NYCFC will look to continue this form next Saturday, April 8, as they hit the road to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium. D.C. is currently sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference with just 1 point in 3 games, and will certainly look to rewrite the script at home. Stay tuned!