With the victory, New York City has won three out of its past four matches and extended its unbeaten streak to six.
The visiting side started strong and spent much of the first five minutes of the match inside Montreal’s half. NYCFC opened the scoring when Anton Tinnerholm slid a well-weighted through ball to Ben Sweat. His lefty strike was parried into the path of an on-rushing Maxi Moralez who tucked it away his first goal of the season.
The defense was strong and compact throughout the first half, limiting the Impact to only three shots. This included a header by Saphir Taider in the 36th minute that Sean Johnson was able to keep out and send the home side into halftime goalless.
As they did at the start of the match, New York City started the second 45 strong. Anton Tinnerholm made a strong run up the right side and managed to find Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, who took one touch and scored his third goal of the season in the 49th minute.
The two goals would be all Doménec Torrent’s side needed, as Sean Johnson and his defensive corps would hold on for the team’s fifth clean sheet of the season.
“It was a fantastic game for us because it is not easy to play here,” Torrent said. “They defended really well the last three or four games. But I’m very happy because I remember last year how many problems we had and right now the feeling is much better. My feeling is they are happy to play in this system, 3-4-3. Sometimes soccer is about the feeling and the feeling is much better.”
Johnson said he felt the team’s shape was a key to New York City’s victory.
“It helps us defensively shore things up a little bit,” he said. “I think going forward if we can quickly transition, getting guys in the right places enables us to let them showcase their talents.”
Up next for New York City is a trip out west to Los Angeles to face the LA Galaxy on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff at Dignity Health Sports Park is 4 p.m.