New York City FC 4
Real Salt Lake 0
Goals: NYCFC: 12’ Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, 30’ Maxi Moralez (PEN), 41’ Jo Inge Berget (assist Jesus Medina), 70’ Ebenezer Ofori (assist Maxi Moralez)
Key Points: New York City kept its torrid start to the 2018 season going with a dominating performance over the visitors from Utah. Playing a rare weekday evening match, New York jumped out to an early lead as Ismael Tajouri-Shradi found the back of the net before the quarter hour. A Maxi Moralez conversion from the spot and Jo Inge Berget’s first goal in a New York City kit gave the home side a 3-0 lead heading into halftime. Salt Lake trouble NYCFC little in the second 45 and the Boys in Blue went on to earn three points, given them 16 points out of 18 to start the season.
- NYCFC continued their best-ever start to an MLS season (P6 W5 L0 D1)
- Tajouri-Shradi scored his fourth goal for NYCFC
- Maxi Moralez scored his fourth goal of the 2018 season
- Sean Johnson earned his third clean sheet of 2018 — no other MLS goalkeeper has more.
- Ebenezer Ofori scored his first NYCFC goal
- David Villa returned for his first minutes in a month
- Alexander Callens’ record of playing every single Regular Season minute since 2017 came to an end as he was substituted on 75′.
NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira:
On how big it was to have Berget as a scoring option and to see him score his first goal:
“I was real pleased with him. I think he’s been very unlucky since he arrived with us with injuries but he’s been working hard. He deserved that goal and I’m really pleased. Even if he is not 100 percent fit, I like the way he’s working for the team. I like the way he’s thinking about the team before thinking about himself. He deserved the goal. I’m really happy for him today.”
On what he did to set out the team to create chances:
“I think we worked on the tactical side of the game. We worked to defend faces of the game. I was really happy in the first half. I think we were well positioned on the field. We gave them a lot of problems, created the overload in the wide area; and I think tactically the players executed very well.”
On whether having some time without David has helped some of the players:
“No, David (Villa) wasn’t in because he was injured. He’s part of our front players who can score goals like he’s shown in the last few years. What would make my job really difficult for the next game is for me to choose the starting 11. I will have to be honest with the players as usual. It will be a tough decision I will have to make, but I will always think about the team before thinking about individuals. When you look at the way Ismael (Tajouri-Shradi), Jesus (Medina), and even Jo (Inge Berget) work, David missed a few games, but he came on and played really hard and that’s what I expect from the players. Their job is to make it difficult to choose the starting eleven. I have a decision to make and I will make it, but always putting the team first.”
It’s a short week for New York City as the team heads to Georgia to face Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kick off is 6 p.m.