New York City FC 2
LA Galaxy 1
Goals: NYCFC: 22’ Anton Tinnerholm, 33’ David Villa; LA: 60’ Jonathan Dos Santos (assist Emmanuel Boateng)
Key Points: A week after a successful season-opening road trip to Kansas City (2-0 over Sporting KC), New York City FC returned to New York to open the home portion of its schedule and came away with 3 points. On a sunny, but cold and crisp day at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC welcomed the visitors from the west coast and held a 2-0 lead at halftime. The game’s first goal came off a strong buildup by the home side. After David Villa’s cross deep in the box was deflected by the Galaxy defense, Anton Tinnerholm took the rebound and hit a left foot blast just under the crossbar. New York City’s second goal came off a counterattack that allowed the captain to score his first goal of the season.
Play Of The Game: New York City’s second goal came off a counterattack with Jesus Medina used a burst of speed to beat LA to the ball. Heading into the Galaxy’s final third, Medina found Ben Sweat, whose shot was saved by LA keeper David Bingham but Villa trailed the play and put away the rebound. Villa has scored a goal in each of the team’s four home openers.
- David Villa scored for the first time this season in his 100th MLS appearance.
- Sebastien Ibeagha filled in for the suspended Maxime Chanot for his first career MLS start.
- Anton Tinnerholm opened his NYCFC scoring account in his debut at Yankee Stadium.
- Midfielder Ebenezer Ofori came on for Jesus Medina in the 60th minute for his first appearance as an NYCFC player.
- With the win today, New York City has started the season with two consecutive wins for the first time in Club history.
NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira:
On if NYCFC made it more difficult for themselves during today’s match… “I don’t think we make it more difficult for ourselves. Galaxy played better in some parts of the game and I think when you play against a quality team, you get to a point during the game where you have to suffer, and of course, when you concede the goal, it becomes more difficult because of the quality of players that they have on the team. But, I’m really happy, really pleased to win that game because it was against a tough opponent.”
On if it is difficult to define roles with a deep NYCFC squad this season… “No, not difficult at all. I think we have a clear idea of how we want to play the game. Of course, having more quality players on the bench makes it more easy for me to change, to rotate them. Today, Eben [Ofori], Ismael [Tajouri] and [Matarrita] came on because we needed fresh legs, we needed help and it’s going to be like that through the season. It will be really easy for me to change my starting 11 because of the quality of players I have on the team.”
On Jesus Medina’s performance tonight compared with the opener & him being subbed off… “I think he played a really good game today. I love the way that he works for the team and how he creates space for the players and he’s got the quality to make the assist or to make the pass before the assist – he understands the game really well….But what I love about him as well, was he wasn’t happy to come off. And when players are not happy to come off, that means they enjoyed being on the field and that’s really good.”
New York City will be home at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, March 17, against Orlando City. Game time is 3:30 p.m.