Vancouver Whitecaps 3
New York City FC 2
Goals: NYC: 34’ Maxime Chanot (assists RJ Allen, Andrea Pirlo), 40’ David Villa (penalty kick); VAN 3’ Fredy Montero, 54’ Jordan Harvey (assists Christian Bolanos), 88’ Yordy Reyna (assists Jakob Nerwinski, Cristian Techera)
Overview: Overall, the 2017 season has been a good one for New York City FC. But when the team loses, the losses are agonizing. Such was the case Wednesday night in Vancouver as NYC, despite dominating much of the match, failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities and dropped three points to the Whitecaps. Ironically, two of the three goals scored by Vancouver started with poor play at midfield. An early giveaway by Maxime Chanot led to Vancouver’s first score just three minutes in. A second similar giveaway late in the match ultimately led to the game-winning goal. On the positive side, Andrea Pirlo was back in the starting lineup and played well. He was subbed out in the 75th minute and replaced by Maxi Moralez, who returned from injury.
NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira…
“When I look at the game, I think both teams had their own half. I think even if we conceded the first goal in the first half, we managed to get back and winning 2-1. I think in the first half we created a lot of chances, and we only score two goals. Then we came back in the second half, they were more aggressive, put us under a lot of pressure. And the chances or the situations that they created, they scored the goals. I think both teams had their own half, and the difference was that they took their chances and we didn’t in the first half. I think you’re always disappointed when you’re winning 2-1 at halftime and lose the game 3-2 and created the number of chances that we created away from home. But when I look at the performance of my players, the way they worked, it’s difficult for me to ask them to do more than they did today. I’m really happy with their performances, and I believe that if we keep playing like that if we keep working the way we’ve been working in the last few weeks, we will win more games than we’re going to lose. But today you have to give credit to Vancouver because the first half was tough for them because I think we played well.”
New York City returns home on Saturday, July 22, to face the Chicago Fire. Game time is 2 p.m.