New York City Moves Into First With Win Over Revolution

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Jesus Medina scores against New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

New York City FC moved into first place in the Eastern Conference after defeating the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Jesus Medina scored both goals, including the game-winning conversation from the penalty spot six minutes into second-half stoppage time. The penalty was awarded to New York City after referee Silviu Petrescu through video review ruled that New England’s Andrew Farrell had taken down Alexandru Mitriță inside the box.

The ruling late in the match was the second VAR ruling on the day that benefitted New York City. In the ninth minute, Antonio Mlinar Delamea was shown a red card after video review led Petrescu to change a yellow card ruling and dismiss the Revolution player for denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

With New England forced to play more than 80 minutes a man down, NYCFC was able to control play throughout. But the efforts of Revolution keeper Matt Turner, who made nine saves, would frustrate the home side throughout much of the match.

It was not until the 70th minute that New York City would finally beat Turner. On the counter-attack, Alex Ring placed a pass to the top of the six-yard box that Medina was able to chip past the Revolution keeper.

New England’s lone goal came in the second minute when Juan Fernando Caicedo out-muscled Sebastian Ibeagha and beat Brad Stuver for the early lead. 

Playing a man-up throughout much of the match gave New York City a decided advantage on the stats sheet. The Citizens controlled 75% of possession and outshot the Revolution 30 to 7. But despite the statistical dominance, it was another match for NYCFC that required late heroics.

“I think we’ve come back a couple of times and won the game or draw the games at least, it’s just the kind of confidence knowing we have done that a couple of times that you have the quality to do it, just need to stay patient and believe in yourself,” said Alex Ring, the team’s captain. 

The win moved New York City into first place where they sit two points ahead of the Philadelphia Union and five points ahead of third-place Atlanta United. NYCFC has one game in hand on the Union. 

Up next for New York City is a home match against Toronto FC on Wednesday. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.