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.
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.