I heard Joe Tolleson’s voice when David Villa scored the first goal of the day: “There it is!” The milestone for Villa is just one of the several talking points to come out of this match at Yankee Stadium against Seattle Sounders. To avoid repetition, let’s talk about some of those other points in this week’s AfterFacts.
1. The starting XI for New York City FC included the third best player under 20 years of age in the world: Yangel Herrera. Let’s enjoy this one while we can.
2. League-wide, NYCFC is third in points (27), points per game (1.69), and tied for third in goal differential (9). City is also second in goals scored (29) and has the seventh-fewest goals conceded (20).
3. This match marked the fourth comeback win for NYC this year. This is also the third overall (and second in a row) comeback win with a 2-1 scoreline.
4. Jack Harrison registered his fourth assist of the year, marking his involvement in 10 goals in 16 matches this season. Last year, he scored four goals and registered seven assists in 21 matches.
5. City’s scoring streak stretches to 15 matches (Goodness me, now the next match got even more interesting!) Also, speaking of streaks, the club’s winning streak is at two again for this season. This could stretch to three on Saturday.
6. (Sorry, can’t help it…) Villa’s got 50! City fans have had to wait four matches for this. There’s absolutely no way that I was going to exclude this from this list!
Now, it’s on to Red Bull Arena for the second of three trips for this season’s Hudson River Derby series. Let’s hope that City finally wins in New Jersey!