Defensive Breakdowns Again Fell NYC FC

Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.
Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.
Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.

Jack Harrison scored his first Major League Soccer goal and David Villa struck for his league-leading 10th goal, but New York City FC fell to Real Salt Lake, 3-2, Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Harrison, the first overall pick of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, attacked space and his left-footed attempt from 20 yards deflected off Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad and past flat-footed goalkeeper Nick Rimando to give NYCFC (4-5-6) a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute.

The visitors equalized three minutes later when Yura Movsisyan ran onto a ball from Sunny, cut inside of Jason Hernandez and scored from 14 yards out.

Juan Manuel Martinez put Real Salt Lake (7-4-2) in front in the 67th minute when he latched onto an attempted headed clearance by Andoni Iraola of a Javier Morales free kick and put his shot in off RJ Allen.

Moments after Mix Diskerud put a diving header just over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box, RSL doubled their advantage courtesy of an own goal in the 74th minute.

Villa pulled NYCFC within a goal from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after it was ruled Kwadwo Poku was taken down from behind by Morales. It was his league-leading 10th goal of the season and 10th penalty kick converted in 12 attempts.

Villa nearly equalized four minutes into second-half stoppage time, but he put his attempt from the right of the net just wide.