Well! Can we say Sean Johnson for the men’s national team? Because that may just well be possible after the night he had at StubHub Center against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The rookie Jonathan Lewis gets his first professional goal, David Villa gets his 18th of the season, and a clean sheet. It’s fair to say that Saturday night’s match was a great one. This week’s AfterFacts looks at some important talking points from this match.
1. Johnson helped his argument for NYCFC Newcomer of the Year, recording his fifth clean sheet in style. Five saves, two punches, and two crosses caught. Take a bow, big man!
2. City earned a fifth away win of the season, but you will never guess who also leads MLS in away wins. Yep, Galaxy. In fact, both City and Galaxy, along with Atlanta United, have 16 away points. Toronto FC leads with 17.
3. Three matches, one goal each for Villa against LA.
4. A pre-match stat, but also a post-match stat: LA remains at one home win for the season.
5. In terms of games that start after 9pm Eastern, City’s record is 2W-1D-3L across all three years. A rare occasion that staying up late was worth it.
6. Villa tied his goal tally from 2015 at 18 goals. Still ten games remaining. After his hat trick last week, people have been talking about him and Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic breaking the MLS record. But all Vieira and Villa’s teammates are focused on is Villa scoring for the team.
7. This one is VERY interesting: Ben Sweat registered his fifth assist. Now, he matches Ronald Matarrita‘s 2016 goal and assist count, one goal and five assists. Matarrita got there within 15 appearances from first assist to last, Sweat did it in 16 matches.
On to the next one. But The Blues will be missing players again due to yellow card accumulation. This time, Ethan White and Alexander Ring, again, will miss the match against New England Revolution. Let’s see what happens on Sunday.
I don’t drink, so I don’t know how late bars are open. Were they still open after 1am?