Orlando City SC 0
New York City FC 3
Goals: NYCFC: 14’ David Villa (penalty kick), 35’ Rodney Wallace (assists Ethan White, Jack Harrison), 82’ David Villa (Maxi Moralez)
Overview: Following its sluggish performance in Salt Lake on Wednesday, a trip to central Florida presented a host of challenges given New York City’s recent performances against Orlando City. But Sunday night’s effort may well have been the team’s best of the season and provided NYC a much needed three points. The defense was much improved and David Villa again led the side. Of note, Cyle Larin was kept off the scoreboard and Kaka had little impact on the match.
NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira…
“I am of course satisfied. Not just of the win, that is very important but I was very pleased with the way we dictated and controlled the game. From the start to the end, we showed a lot of character tonight and I’m really proud of the players. It wasn’t easy because traveling in the last two games where we didn’t get the result that we wanted. Today we came over here with a lot of personality, a lot of desire to compete and that we fully deserve to go back to New York City with three points.”
Vieira On Maxime Chanot
“When you look at all the games we played against Orlando, of course [Cyle Larin] scored and you have to give him credit. When you look at the games we played against Orlando, we always played a good game. Of course scoring goals and losing games are decided by details. Details was that Larin was in the right place, it was a good finish and you have to give him credit because he’s a good player. Today we played as well as the last time, we defended very well inside the box, we didn’t give them too much space. [Maxime and Alex Ring] were fantastic today, they played really well.”
New York City FC Forward David Villa
“We’re very happy with the match we played. We were better from the opening whistle to the final. We had more chances, more possession and we controlled the game. The team was very good. Very compact, very together and we’re very happy with how the game went.”
New York City (6-2-4, 20 pts.) finish up its four game road trip on Sunday, May 28, in Atlanta. The ESPN-televised match will kickoff at 5 p.m.