NYCFC Stay In First With Win Over Montreal

Frank Lampard, New York City FC
Photo courtesy of NYCFC

New York City FC strengthened its grip on first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 win over Montreal Impact.

With rivals Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls playing to a 2-2 draw, NYCFC now leads the Union by 3 points and Red Bulls by 4 points. The New York rivals meet on Sunday, July 24, at Red Bull Arena.

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At Stade Saputo, goals by veterans David Villa and Frank Lampard sandwiched a wonderful tally by rookie Jack Harrison to give the visitors the victory. The win was New York’s Major League Soccer-leading sixth road victory. Montreal lost for only the second time at home this season.

Villa scored his league-leading 13th goal of the season on the first of two Tommy McNamara assists to give NYCFC a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. McNamara played the NYCFC captain through and Villa did well to shield a Montreal defender to make a run inside the box before finishing from eight yards out.

McNamara then set up Harrison for a wonder goal in first-half stoppage time. McNamara switched the play to Harrison, who turned Montreal defender Ambroise Oyongo on a run inside the box before curling the ball inside the far post for his third goal of the season.

Montreal pulled a goal back on a shot from distance by Harry Shipp in the 55th minute, but Lampard put the game away with a deflected goal five minutes from full time after receiving a pass from Villa.